CIWIB’S Youth Council Annual Report FY 2013

Jun 28, 2013 by

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Mentoring Committee

Youth Council’s Mentoring Committee worked in collaboration with the Barnstable County Council on Children Youth and Families on the 10th Annual Youth Summit themed, “Build Your Life on Cape Cod,” highlighting career, educational and life opportunities for youth. Cape Cod Five Foundation gave the Community Network a grant to help pay for the summit. Workshops: Presenting Business or Organization includes the following:

  • Find the Job you Love: Cape Cod YMCA
  • Working in Teams: DEO Associates
  • Do’s and Don’t of Interviewing: Career Opportunities
  • #CivicEngagement—It’s Not Just for @your_parents: Boys and Girls Club & Senator Keatings Office
  • Have a Blast with Science on the Street: Cambridge Science Festival
  • Saving Cape Cod’s Ecology one Dolphin/Tree/Puppet Show at a Time: AmeriCorps Cape Cod
  • Working in Government: Stability, Benefits & Establishing Cape Cod: Cape Cod Regional Transportation Authority
  • Networking 1: Know Yourself: Discovering your own Authentic Voice:      The Road Not Taken Coaching
  • Networking 2: Express Yourself: Being YOU in Face-to-Face Conversations: Living Whole Coaching
  • Networking 3: Connect Yourself—Build Strong Relationships: Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce
  • Finding Peace of Mind: Calming that Crazy Brain: Cape Stress Reduction and Optimal Health
  • So, You Want to be the Boss? Balls to the Walls
  • Mentoring 101: For Artists & Creative Types: Provincetown Art Association and Museum
  • Wild Cape Cod: Opportunities for Learning: Thornton Burgess Society
  • Get the Interview and the Job! Barnstable Recreation

Community Partnership Committee

  1. Several members of the Youth Council attended the Cultural Center of Cape Cod’s newly formed initiative: Plain Talk Summit. At risk youth from schools across the Cape helped business and community leaders understand what is going on in their lives. This gathering was the first of what will become a regular summit. The young people identified several areas of concern which may help guide the Youth Council’s work in the future:
  • Insufficient public transportation and awareness of what service is available.
  • A lack of safe, substance-free, accessible venues for social gatherings, especially in the winter.
  • The need for mentors in any fields of interest to young people.
  • Individualized teaching.
  • Increased funding for schools and after-school programs.
  • Anger and stress management and coping skills.
  • A reduction in drug use/abuse.
  • Information about services that are available to young people and how to access them.
  • Affordable housing for young people.
  • Healthier food options.
  • The need for youth leadership … a youth council … participation in any endeavors launched on their behalf.

“The real problem these young people spoke about was: In short: “Weed.” They insisted that as long as dope is part of the equation, no solution will work. Too many kids use marijuana on a daily basis. They were very honest about this and unimpressed with “solutions” that do not address this pervasive problem. Kids use marijuana as an antidote to depression, boredom, anxiety, and stress. The solutions discussed at “PLAIN TALK” are meant to combat such things, but the kids maintain that nothing will work as long as they are using drugs, which they do in order to combat depression, boredom, anxiety, and stress. It is to be hoped that this Plain Talk summit will help the community develop a plan of action.” Lauren Wolk, Associate Director

The Cultural Center of Cape Cod

  1. Over 700 seniors from Mashpee, Falmouth, Dennis Yarmouth and Barnstable High Schools participated in The Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank sponsored “Credit for Life Fair”—a program to teach youth financial management skills which was held at each high school.
  2. 200 seniors from Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical High School participated in a “Reality Fair.” A program to develop financial literacy and life skills. The Rotary Club of Bourne and Sandwich, Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank and the CIWIB participated.

The Truancy Prevention Program

Kathy Quatromoni, Director of Community Programs with the Cape & Islands District Attorney’s Office, has been instrumental in the expansion of this program.

The Youth Council believes that early intervention is a valuable tool to keep graduation rates up. In 2008, The Cape & Islands Workforce Investment Board’s Youth Council began a truancy reduction program called “Keep Them Coming,” a partnership of: Dennis-Yarmouth School District Cape & Islands Workforce Investment Board/Youth Council, Cape & Islands District Attorney’s Office and the Cape Cod Neighborhood Support Coalition. This five step program is designed to provide a continuum of intervention and support services to keep children in school.  This continuum of intervention services begins with strong service-oriented efforts at the school and community level and involving the court’s authority only when necessary. This program began its trial run in the elementary school in the Dennis Yarmouth Regional School District and is now in every school in the district. Principals, social workers and guidance meet quarterly to assess the effectiveness of the program.  Data from the program shows that early intervention in truancy reduction is more successful than delaying intervention until the middle school years. The types of interventions in the elementary grades are often tied to family issues that can be resolved with the assistance of the school, social service agencies and the parents. Often it has been a matter of assisting a parent and child with time management issues, transportation, and encouraging participation in free school breakfast programs. Offering families a network of services rather than court intervention has a positive effect. We hope that the end result will be an increase in graduation rates as well as a continued decrease in truancy over time.  This year the program was used in the Dennis Yarmouth, Mashpee, Barnstable, and Bourne public schools. Nauset Schools is interested in starting the program this fall.

All Cape Cod Collaborative In-service Day

Every year the Youth Council has the opportunity to lead a professional Development Workshop for our Guidance Counselors, School Adjustment Counselors, Social Workers, and Teachers for the Cape Cod Collaborative. On November 6, 2013 40 school adjustment councilors, school psychologists, guidance councilors, social workers, SPED teachers attended the Youth Council’s Professional Development Day with a two part workshop Dr. Bart Main, Cape Cod Health Care led the morning session on: “A Child Psychiatrist’s Perspective on the Evolution and Controversies in Mental Health These Days” and Beth Griffin led “Best Practices in Transitions from Middle School to High School and High School to Adulthood.” with Traci Wyse, Director, South East Alternative School,

Katherine Honey, South East STEM Network, STEM Coordinator, John Beach, Bridges Associates, Licensed Educational Psychologist and Certified Special Education Teacher and Administrator and Susan Kline-Symington, Cape Cod Community College, College Transition Services.

Yes Committee

The Committee is working on using the curriculum in DY schools and decided that helping to update and promote the WIB’s Youth Cape jobs ASAP website would be a good venue to highlight career exploration websites, job search sites, life skills information and local services for youth.

The CIWIB Youth Website is online: It can be seen at http://ciwdb.com/capejobs/  The site has a regular blog posting and currently features the work of the ArtWorks program.  It also features: career exploration tools, job search tools, community resources, etc.

WIA Committee

The WIA Committee began the RFP process for In School Youth programs. We have not received our allocation numbers but based our FY14 allocation on this past year’s. The bidders conference was held on____; 3 public schools attended. The proposals were due ____. The WIA committee met on______ to rank proposals.

The WIA In School Youth Program provides at risk youth on Cape Cod and the Islands with the following ten elements: 

  1. Tutoring, study skills training, and instruction, leading to completion of secondary school, including dropout prevention strategies;
  2. Alternative secondary school services, as appropriate;
  3. Summer employment opportunities that are directly linked to academic and occupational learning;
  4. As appropriate, paid and unpaid work experiences, including internships and job shadowing;
  5. Occupational skill training, as appropriate;
  6. Leadership development opportunities, which may include community service and peer-centered activities encouraging responsibility and other positive social behaviors during non-school hours, as appropriate;
  7. Supportive services;
  8. Adult mentoring for the period of participation and a subsequent period, for a total of not less than 12 months;
  9. Follow-up services for not less than 12 months after the completion of participation, as appropriate; and
  10. Comprehensive guidance and counseling, which may include drug and alcohol abuse counseling and referral, as appropriate.

The Youth Council was invited to the CAPE COD & ISLANDS COMMUNITY HEALTH NETWORK #27 to present an overview of the work of the WIB’s Youth Council on March 14. The meeting was attended by about 40 service providers from the Cape region.  I gave an overview of the work of the CIWIB and the activities of the Youth Council. Many of the service providers did not know about the work of the WIB and the YC. One member asked about the youth council taking another look at bullying.

Scholarship Committee

The Scholarship Committee received 15 applications for scholarships of $1,000 each to a student attending a technical/trade program and a students attending college. 1) A Falmouth High senior who will be attending Cape Cod Community College with career interests are in criminal justice and forensic science. 2) A Sturgis Charter Public School senior will be attending UMass Dartmouth with a career interest in Nursing.

This year we had no teachers apply for the teacher externship program. Ken Jenks, principal of Dennis Yarmouth High School said that with the new rubric for teacher evaluations, we should have a better response rate from teachers next year

School to Careers

STC has new in-school coordinators, Amanda Meyer from Heritage Museums and Gardens, Lisa Fedy from Dennis Yarmouth Regional High School, and James Leighton, Nantucket High Schools.

The ArtWorks Program successfully moved to the Heritage Museums and Gardens and had 40 students participate in internship program. Student/mentor art was displayed at Heritage Museums & Gardens from April 27–May 12 , Cape Cod Museum of Art from  May 18-June 1 and at Wellfleet Preservation Hall from June 8-22. Student art work will be displayed in the State House offices of Senator Daniel Wolf  and Representative Sarah Peake from June 29-August 18. A tour of the State House and reception will be held on June 27 for students and their families.

The ArtWorks program expanded the types of Arts internships available to students to include film, writing, animation, music, theater, and performance arts.

This year 327 private, public and nonprofit Cape and Islands Employers hired and mentored 405 students from 11 Cape and Islands high schools and the Heritage Museums and Gardens. 137 students were paid and their income for the year totaled more than $550,000. Our participating schools and organizations are:

  • Barnstable High School
  • Heritage Museums and Gardens
  • Cape Cod Regional Technical High School
  • Chatham High School
  • Dennis Yarmouth Regional High School
  • Falmouth High School
  • Harwich High School
  • Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School
  • Mashpee High School
  • Nantucket High School
  • Southeast Alternative School
  • Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical High School

Activities of the School to Careers Program

  1. School to Careers members were invited to attend the Massachusetts Workforce Investment Board’s quarterly meeting. Mary Lyons, Barnstable High School, Chris Wiklund, Southeast Alternative School and I attended a the meeting to hear about the governor’s FY14 budget and proposes to increase funding for School to Careers programming. The new Secretary of Education Matthew Malone spoke about the importance of the Connecting Activities programs and encouraged participants to contact their legislators about the state budget increasing funding for the program. 
  2. School to Careers members were invited to attend the Future Ready Summit hosted by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in Worcester on May 20. School to Careers coordinators from Barnstable High School, Dennis Yarmouth Regional High School and Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School and the STC program coordinator attended. Governor Deval Patrick gave the keynote address with remarks by MA Secretary of Education, Dr. Matthew Malone. We attended breakout sessions on College and Career Readiness Promising Practices and Action Planning for the future.
  3. The WIB was invited to be on Barnstable High School’s Gateway Grant Advisory Board in developing its career academies program. BHS is adding two new academies—Creative Economy and Environmental Technology to make a total of five—including Hospitality, Healthcare and Early Childhood Education. The Advisory Board will help create business and community partnerships and help develop work based learning and career exploration and planning activities.

Additional Activities

The CIWIB’s Director of Youth Services continues to be a member of Department of Children and Families Area Board, the American Business Women’s Association, the Cape Cod Human Resources Association, the Cape Cod Foundation Youth Steering Committee, Cape Creative Steering Committee, WIA in-school youth RFP committee, and the Community Network of Cape Cod Steering Committee. By participating with the above organizations the WIB, Youth Council, and

School to Career s benefits from the network of employers, human resources professionals, and service providers who make hiring decisions and serve our youth population.

FY14 GOALS

  • This year we are hoping that increased communication between the CIWIB and the schools will help resolve problems around data management. Having all schools participate in using the online Work Based Learning Plan database will greatly help this problem. This year I led classroom workshops to Dennis Yarmouth regional High School and Heritage Museums and Gardens on how to use the database.
  • Several goals related to college and career readiness the CIWIB’s STC program manager will have are:
  • Develop a “Speakers Bureau” for schools to use to research and invite our region’s business leaders, employers, life coaches, non profits, etc. to speak to their classes about career s, employability skills, the relationship between the skill development/attainment in school and the skills used in the world of work. This resource would be found on our website.
  • A need for career exploration and job shadowing opportunities has been expressed by youth and teachers.  This “Speakers Bureau” might include a business/organization’s interest in offering job shadowing opportunities for students interested in a particular career track.
  • Develop a simulation curriculum to use in schools. The target audience will be 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th graders.  The purpose is for students to see how businesses and organizations use the skills they learned in school to do their work. Students will be given a “real world work problem” that they need to solve in teams. Community leaders from businesses and organizations will help lead the class in solving the problem. Students will have time to reflect with the community leaders about the experience. The simulation will focus on about key industries on the Cape and Islands (i.e. Hospitality, Healthcare, Construction, Information Technology, Manufacturing, etc)
  • Help develop career exploration workshops for at risk 4th and 5th graders in Barnstable public schools.
  • Develop a guide for employers about making the workplace a place of learning for interns.
  • The Monomoy Regional School District is committed to continuing the program in the fall of 2014 with the hopes of expanding it to juniors as well as seniors and doing some career exploration in grades 8 through 10.   This planning will begin this year as Monomoy Regional HS will open in Sept 2014.  The CIWIB will work with the school to prepare for the merger of the two high school programs in September 2014.
  • In FY 14 three young adults will become members the Youth Council. The young adults were members of the Cape & Islands Youth Community Development Council and recently graduated high school. They begin college this fall at Cape Cod Community College.

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