Coaching

Gustavo's Story: Undocumented Status | The Graduates Film Module

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This film module spotlights Gustavo's story, and how he is working to overcome the barriers to education caused by his undocumented status. Students will see how undocumented immigrant status can create an obstacle to social and academic success.

Introducing Work-Based Courses

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Discover work-based courses, a new learning model that combines credit-bearing classroom instruction with on-the-job training, in this video from Jobs for the Future (JFF). Community and technical colleges like OCTC in Kentucky are working “hand-in-glove” with employers, including Kimberly-Clark and OMICO Plastics, to design and implement programs that capitalize on the instruction that takes place day to day in any type of production process to reinforce concepts being taught in college classrooms. In work-based courses, student learning is formally assessed by employer supervisors, who act as mentors by showing students how to perform job tasks and then observing the students as they work. Each stakeholder in work-based courses, including colleges, employers, and students, benefits in important ways.

Click on Support Materials for background information, discussion questions, and follow-up information about the Work-Based Courses Toolkit. This resource is part of the Work-Based Courses: Bringing College to the Production Line collection.

Find out more about the Work-Based Course Model.

Promoting Leadership in Students

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Learn about how empowerment organizations like Banister Leadership Academy are helping African-American young men in this clip from American Graduate Day 2014. The Banister Leadership Academy in Omaha, Nebraska helps African-American young men in their community. Before Byron started the leadership program, he was just getting by in school and was using drugs. But mentors at Banister Leadership Academy helped him set high expectations for himself. Now, Byron is excited to continue his education and motivated to give back to his community.

Community Partnerships Helping Students in School

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Learn how Harrison High School in Evansville, IN is using community partnerships to support students in this video from American Graduate Day 2013. Reconnecting Youth is a nonprofit organization that helps bring social workers into schools. High school students often need help balancing school, work and their social lives. Social workers help students improve their time management and communication skills. When students feel more connected to school, they begin to see how they fit in and how they can contribute to their communities. Use the resources in the Support Materials section below to help students improve their communication skills.

Eduardo's Story: Street Life Intervention | The Graduates Film Module

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This film module spotlights Eduardo's story, and how he is breaking the cycle of gang involvement through mentoring.

Connecting Students to College

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Meet Corey Marchand and Tyler Ashton, two student workers advancing their careers through work-based courses, in this video from Jobs for the Future (JFF). As their stories demonstrate, work-based courses are a gateway to community college education for manufacturing workers. Community colleges work with individuals who want to “skill up” to advance their training and have a better career. Employers like OMICO Plastics consider sponsoring workers in their continuing education “a perfect way” to build company loyalty among employees. This resource is especially useful for employer supervisors, college program administrators and faculty, incumbent workers, and technical high school faculty and students.

Click on Support Materials for background information, discussion questions, and follow-up information about the Work-Based Courses Toolkit. This resource is part of the Work-Based Courses: Bringing College to the Production Line collection.

Find out more about the Work-Based Course Model.

Supporting Students and Giving Them Second Chances

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Learn how mentors from GearUp helped a student in trouble turn his life around in this clip from American Graduate Day 2014. Hector grew up in a tough neighborhood, and was frequently in trouble himself until he started working with Emily Johnson, a mentor from GearUp. But despite having the support of a mentor and his coaches, Hector still did not believe in himself, and was arrested in high school. Hector had a transformative experience at Anytown camp and resolved to put more effort into school and achieving his goals. He now acts as an ambassador for GearUp and works to inspire young people.

Mentors Helping First-Generation College Students

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Learn how tnAchieves helps first generation college students as they prepare for college through mentoring, scholarship opportunities, and advising in this video from American Graduate Day 2013. The steps required to prepare for, apply to, and finance a college education are challenging for all students, but they can be especially daunting when you are the first person in your family to pursue higher education. tnAchieve helps students with challenging tasks, such as completing the FAFSA application, and connects the students with mentors. Use the FAFSA Guide handout in the Support Materials section to help students apply for financial aid.

Is School Enough?

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Is School Enough? documents vivid examples of where new modes of learning and engagement are taking hold and flourishing. This new approach reaches motivated students as well as kids that educators call “the bright and bored,” helping these learners tune in rather than drop out.

Chance King Doyle | Dropping Back In

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Chance King Doyle is the former program director of Cafe Hope, a farm to table restaurant created to help young people in New Orleans develop self-sufficiency. Doyle, a former dropout himself, shares his story about a couple who took him in after Hurricane Katrina and helped him turn his life around. Learn more at the Dropping Back In web site.

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