Youth Council Annual Report FY15

Jul 2, 2015 by

Cape & Islands Workforce Investment Board Youth Council
Annual Report FY 2015

All Cape Cod Collaborative In-service Day
Every year the Youth Council has the opportunity to lead a professional development workshop for school counselors, school adjustment counselors, social workers, and teachers for the Cape Cod Collaborative In-Service Day. On Friday October 8, Fiona Jensen of Calmer Choice, a community based organization that partners with Cape Cod schools, facilitated the morning workshop on the benefits of teaching mindfulness training on school age children. The afternoon workshop was a panel of community based partners who were each providing an overview of their agency as well as answering questions from the workshop participants. This sessions was moderated by Shaun Cahill, of the Barnstable County Sherriff’s office. The panel members included: The Cape Cod Boys and Girls Club, Career Opportunities, One Stop Career Center, Keep Them Coming: The Truancy Program, Job Corps, Boy & Girls Club and Cape & Islands Youth Suicide Prevention Project.

All Cape Cod day of service/MLK Day
CIWIB Youth Council partnered with Barnstable County AmeriCorps and Cape Cod high schools to participate in the Martin Luther King Day of Service on Monday January 19, 2015. This event was held at Camp Lyndon and challenged students to make it a “day on, not a day off”. Bridging the Hunger Gap, was the theme of this year’s event, which assisted in addressing childhood hunger. Students from Dennis Yarmouth, Upper Cape Tech, Mashpee, Falmouth and Bourne school districts participated in this event. This event benefited 200 students in Barnstable and Mashpee school districts who participate in the federally-funded Free and Reduced Lunch Program by providing meals during February school vacation. The students participated by creating bags of food which would be delivered to families in need. Student volunteers also took part in activities which were focused on healthy decisions as well as an overview and history of MLK Day of Service.

Scholarship Committee
The Scholarship Committee received 18 scholarship applications to be awarded to students attending a technical/trade program and a student attending college. There was a slight increase in the number of applications received this year, it should be noted that in addition we utilized social media aggressively in communicating information regarding the scholarship application and due dates. We awarded four $500.00 scholarships the awardees represented: a technical school, a community college, a state school and a private college. Bourne, Barnstable, Cape Cod Tech, Dennis Yarmouth, Falmouth, Mashpee, Monomoy and Upper Cape Tech all had students who submitted applications.
School to Careers
Our participating schools and organizations include:
• Bourne High School * Heritage Museum & Gardens
• Barnstable High School *Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School
• Cape Cod Regional High School * Mashpee High School
• Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School * Monomoy Regional High School
• Falmouth High School
• Southeast Alternative School
• Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical High School
• Nantucket High School

ArtWorks is a School to Career partnership with Heritage Museum & Gardens in which students are placed in internships with artist mentors on Cape Cod. Through this partnership, Cape Cod artists play a significant role in mentoring and exposing students to the creative economy within the region. Additionally, students learn various aspects of being a professional artist, as well as the training and education that is required. This year thirty eight students participated in ArtWorks. Students represented the following schools: Barnstable High School, Dennis-Yarmouth High School, Upper Cape Tech, Falmouth High School, Mashpee High School, Nauset High School, Sturgis Charter School, Pope John Paul II High School and Sandwich High School. Their areas of study included: painting, ceramics, photography, mixed media, digital media, costume and fashion design, voice, illustration, glass blowing and landscape design. Students have the opportunity to show their work at the ArtWorks Art Exhibit, which will held on June 25 at the Cape Cod Museum of Art. The art exhibit will travel to the State House on July 16.

Credit For Life

The Director of Youth Services participated in the Credit For Life program at several high schools including: Barnstable High School, Dennis-Yarmouth High School, Mashpee High School, Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical High School, Cape Cod Regional Technical High School, Falmouth High School and Wareham High School. This event was created by Cape Cod Five as a way for high school junior and seniors to have exposure to “real world” issues. Students participating in this event are given a mock salary and career that they are then tasked at creating a budget for various expenses such as rent, car payments, groceries, clothing, insurance and school loans. Often, the mock career is one in which the students are hoping to enter such as; law, education, military, nursing, cosmetology, HVAC, and law enforcement to name a few. This program brings together experts from various fields to work with the students providing them with a greater understanding of each subject, and if needed a better understanding of a creating a budget.

Creating a strong Onsite Presence
The Director of Youth Services participated in several career and job fair events, in which students were educated on not for profit employment opportunities, summer jobs as well as interviewing and resume tips. Bourne High School, Barnstable and Dennis-Yarmouth High School all held such events earlier this year for their students. Mashpee High School invited the Director of Youth Services to speak at their Employer Appreciation luncheon on the importance of the School to Career Program. Over the course of the school year, all high schools were visited, strengthening relations and creating a visible presence; this was accomplished through classroom presentations, requested training and teacher onsite meetings. Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School and Nantucket were also visited; a considerable amount of time was spent at Martha’s Vineyard High School training and educating newly hired internal staff on Work Based Learning Plans. This fiscal year we have had over three hundred students participate in internships as well as the Work Based Learning Plan. Students took part in internships with over 150 Cape Cod employers representing a wide variety of employment sectors.

Leadership Academy
The Cape & Islands Youth Council Leadership Academy is a partnership between the Cape & Islands Workforce Investment Board, Cape Cod Health Care, Heritage Museum & Gardens and Cape Cod High Schools. This event, which was held on June 11, at Heritage Museum & Gardens brought together 46 students in grades 8-10; from Barnstable, Bourne, Dennis-Yarmouth, Mashpee, Sandwich, Falmouth Academy and St. Francis. The students participated in a STEM based leadership curriculum which was facilitated by HMG staff; Allie Mulrow and Danny Dobbins. Siobhan Magnus, season nine American Idol finalist and Sam Tarplin, a Cape Cod documentary filmmaker spoke to the students about overcoming challenges and preserving during difficult times qualities needed to become leaders.

With the success of the inaugural Leadership Academy, the Executive Director and the Director of Youth Services will begin to explore both additional partners and resources in which will assist in creating additional curriculum and activities.

Cape Cod Construction Day Planning
The CIWIB has entered a partnership with Chris Duren, Executive Director of Cape Cod Home Builder’s and Remodeler’s Association. This partnership will create Cape Cod Construction Day, which will be held on Thursday October 15, 2015 at Barnstable Fair Grounds. The idea of a Cape Cod Construction, stems from the Massachusetts Construction Career Day which is held each spring in Hopkinton, MA at the New England Laborer’s Training Academy. This event was created to help expose students across Massachusetts to careers within the construction field by interacting with construction professionals. Due to the distance and the limited number of spaces each region was provided, Cape Cod students often times did not benefit fully from this event. Thus, Chris Duren and the CIWIB felt it was important to create a similar event on Cape Cod. The intent is similar in nature to provide students with exposure to careers within the construction field that span across many academic and career silo’s with the construction field. The careers that will be highlighted are all positons that are on Cape Cod, thus providing students to the real possibility of having a self-sustaining career on Cape Cod. Students will be provided a variety of careers such as: dry wall, electrical, architecture, plumbing, building, painting, as well as landscape, landscape design, interior decorating and green jobs. The theme is to show students all of the careers that are needed when building a home; from pulling the permit to decorating.

It is our hope that in addition to the event on October 15th; we would like to host a VIP event on Wednesday evening opening the event to local politicians as well as Veterans who are transitioning into civilian life.

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