EVERY CHILD, EVERY DAY, WHATEVER IT TAKES!
Students participate in Together We Can Portfolio Course
Angelia Wright, special education teacher at Kecoughtan High School, and Melody Harris, HCS transition specialist, worked with Harvest Bellente of Together We Can to pilot the first Together We Can program for our self-contained academic student group. The Together We Can (TWC) program provides the tools and skills necessary to complete a resume and build a portfolio. Students are also provided opportunities to improve soft skills and participate in interview simulations.
TWC provides a foundation for career development, encouraging students to strengthen communication and comprehension skills. Students are equipped with strategies necessary to be competitive in the job market.
The students were very excited during the career mapping process, exploring careers and opportunities of interest. They were very engaged and interested in completing the steps necessary for hire. Evaluating the entire hiring process from selecting a career to building a portfolio, encouraged students to overcome the reservations surrounding interviewing and public speaking.
“TWC inspired the students to invest in themselves, promoting their personal ‘brand’ and a sense of accomplishment,” said Wright. “The students appeared to enjoy working with the instructors and planning for the future.”
“This group of students were incredibly engaged and thoughtful throughout our classes,” said Bellente. “I saw real growth in areas and I believe that they gained confidence in how to express themselves to potential employers in the future.”
Students will come away from the experience with a personal professional portfolio to highlight their emerging skills in workplace communication, problem solving, self-presentation, work ethic, positive attitude, independence and initiative, along with a professional headshot to accompany them as they seek careers and post-secondary training opportunities of interests.
HCS is planning to continue the collaboration with the Together We Can organization during the 2020-2021 school year in order to benefit more students in each high school as they plan and prepare for life after graduation.
Here are some comments from parents and students:
“I am going to miss Together We Can. I liked it very much, and I like my virtual class with Ms.
Wright.” - Lionel Washington (student)
“I learned a lot about me. Ms. Harvest helped me look at my future. She is very nice and very smart.” - Mary Miller (student)
“As a parent, this dedicated classwork and counsel are certainly appreciated to assist our children gain employment. Ms. Angelia Wright, Ms. Melody Harris, and Ms. Harvest Bellente, collaborated the instruction with the utmost professionalism.” - Bernadette Miller (parent)
Together We Can Foundation-Smart Transitions is a 501 (c) 3 charity registered in
Virginia. Our mission is to improve outcomes for at-risk youth in transition to independent adult life and the workforce in Hampton Roads and Southeastern Virginia by Ensuring that they are better prepared, more connected, and have a greater sense of optimism about their future. https://twcfoundation.org/
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