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creating meaningful partnerships between schools and the business community

Creating Meaningful Partnerships Between Schools and the Business Community

Business/Community Organization

Date of Presentation

today s session
Today’s Session
  • Volunteering: the good, the bad, and the messy
  • Our approach
  • Volunteer support tools
    • Training
    • Handbook, web portal and more
  • Making the “match” work for you
  • Questions?
expected outcomes from this session
Expected Outcomes From This Session

Participants will gain new ideas and strategies to connect

students with business and community partners through:

  • project-based learning
  • long-term engagements in schools
  • trained volunteers
our approach
Our Approach
  • Philadelphia Academies Inc. founded the Career Academy model in 1969
    • Initiated by business partners
    • One school, small cohort of students
  • Career Academies today
    • 10 career areas, 16 schools
    • 400 volunteers
volunteering the good the bad the messy
Volunteering: The Good, the Bad, & the Messy
  • Think about when you have worked with a volunteer or have been a volunteer yourself:
    • Successes?
    • Challenges?

“They taught me that if there’s something you want, don’t try to do it, just do it.”

-Jacques Wells

the messy
The Messy
  • Why
    • Volunteers lacked self-awareness
    • Schools were not always clear on how to utilize volunteers
    • “One shot” volunteer engagements
  • How did we clean up the mess?
    • Design Team
    • Focus Groups
    • New tools for Volunteers
volunteer support tools
Volunteer Support Tools
  • Web Portal
  • Volunteer Handbook
  • Supports for In-school Personnel
  • Career Academy Institute for Business and Community Partners
    • Business & Community Partner Orientation
how do we match our volunteers
How do we match our volunteers?
  • Four Ways to Serve
    • Guest Instructor
    • Industry Content Coach
    • Industry Site Tour Coordinator
    • Internship/Workplace Coach
objectives of business community partner training
Objectives of Business & Community Partner Training
  • Participants will:
    • Understand PAI’s mission, history, and value
    • Develop a foundation in current educational approaches
    • Gain strategies for engaging high school students
    • Feel prepared for their volunteer experience
    • Understand how to match their skills and interests with PAI
    • Have role clarity and clarity about expectations

Business & Community Partner Orientation

overview of the business community partner orientation
Overview of the Business & Community Partner Orientation
  • Agenda
    • Welcome and Introductions
    • The Philadelphia Academies’ Story
    • Partnering with PAI
      • Ways to Serve
      • Roles
      • Benefits
      • Rights and Responsibilities
    • 21st Century Skills
    • Project Based Learning
    • Engaging Youth
    • Boundaries
    • Next Steps
  • Understand PAI’s mission, history, and value
  • See value of PAI for networking
  • Understand how to match skills and interests
  • Role clarity
  • Clarity of expectations
  • Foundation in current educational approaches
  • Basis for applying knowledge in volunteer work
  • Understand strategies for engaging HS students
  • Understand healthy boundaries
  • Feel prepared and supported

Business & Community Partner Orientation

why partner with pai
Why Partner with PAI?
  • To effect change in the lives of teens
  • To utilize existing skills and to learn new ones
  • To teach your skills to others
  • To improve your health
  • To meet new people

Business & Community Partner Orientation

everybody wins
Everybody Wins!
  • You
    • Meet new people
    • Give back
    • Make a difference in the lives of teens
  • Business
    • Employees acquire additional skills
    • Builds community support
    • Workforce development
  • Community
    • Community grows stronger

Business & Community Partner Orientation

triple bottom line
Triple Bottom Line

Business & Community Partner Orientation

rights responsibilities
Rights & Responsibilities
  • Rights
    • To be recognized for your efforts
    • To be given guidance and direction
    • To be supported in your endeavors
    • To be safe
  • Responsibilities
    • To be punctual and dependable
    • To perform the duties associated with your “partner” role
    • To communicate with PAI

“They taught me that if there’s something you want, don’t try to do it, just do it.”

-Jacques Wells

Business & Community Partner Orientation

boundaries expectations
Boundaries & Expectations
  • When working with students, remember:
    • Students are at the center
    • Set and enforce limits
    • Keep your promises
    • Listen and ask questions
    • Be patient
    • Be flexible

“Now it’s my responsibility to help other people succeed that way my teachers helped me.”

-Latoya Scott

Business & Community Partner Orientation

traditional education vs project based learning
Traditional Education vs. Project-Based Learning

How is it different?

Business & Community Partner Orientation

Project Based Learning

  • Promotes broader set of skills than traditional curriculum
  • Concerned with issues that matter to students; connects lessons to those issues
  • Inquiry based

Traditional

  • Provides little reference to world of work
  • Casts students in passive roles
  • Recall is valued, rather than ability to synthesize, hypothesize, and generalize
project based learning in career academies
Project-based learning in Career Academies
  • Why does it work?
    • Project-based learning promotes teamwork, collaboration, and critical thinking
    • Students are presented with real problems, promoting skills they need on the job
    • PBL lends itself to participation from business and community partners

“I learned about managing people and resources as a junior and senior in high school.”

-Curtis Redding

Business & Community Partner Orientation

activity experiencing the match
ACTIVITY: Experiencing “the Match”

Think about connecting students with business and community partners through:

  • project-based learning
  • long-term engagements in schools
  • trained volunteers

Outline an experience for students where you would engage volunteers based on the menu of four

  • Guest Instructor
  • Industry Content Coach
  • Industry Site Tour Coordinator
  • Internship/Workplace Coach
thank you
Thank You

YOUR PARTICIPATION

AND COMMITMENT

ARE SINCERELY APPRECIATED!

Krista Posada

kposada@academiesinc.org

Helen Rowe

hrowe@academiesinc.org