The program was designed to give students "a leg up" on seeking and retaining employment, as well as building necessary life skills to balance home/life. Beyond that, the information is easily transferable to high school success as well as pursuing higher education (if that is their goal).
The program seeks to build community networking opportunities between students and business professionals around Allegany County as well as with Alfred State administrators and current students.
A pilot program, tested out the curriculum during the summer, and had a great turnout. The students had an average of a 47% increase in knowledge over the course of the program. They learned skill identification and assessment, resume creation and each wrote a cover letter. Individual interviews were conducted for actual jobs and they even learned to prepare 3 meals.
We have reached over 100 Allegany youth since the program was adopted by 3 schools starting in Novemeber.
Below is a "menu" of topics schools have to choose from.
Introduction to Finding a Good Job
Identify Your Skills
Document Your Education, Experience, and
References (this will be done as ‘homework’ with a partner, friend or family member)
Finding Job Leads
Making Direct Contact with Employers
Writing a Great Cover Letter
Writing an Effective Resume
Filling out Job Applications
Interviewing Skills and Other Important
Tips on Professionalism
(This includes: You’re Wearing What? Leave Your Phone in the Car! and The Importance of a Good Handshake)
Tips to Survive and Get Ahead on a New
Financial Management and Budgeting
Otherwise Known As: Now You Have a Paycheck! How to Keep as Much as You Can!
Last updated August 29, 2019