Tuesday, January 28, 2014

New Year's Happenings!

SAT Prep and Skills to Pay the Bills Event!

It has been a busy month for our fellows.  The junior fellows participated in a SAT Prep program offered by the Wade Edwards Learning Lab.  The test prep workshop included strategies for tackling each section of the SAT as well as information about what to expect on test day.  The junior fellows also attended a Skills to Pay the Bills event offered at Broughton High School.  Students participated in interactive presentations on communication, enthusiasm/attitude, teamwork, problem solving/critical thinking, and professionalism.  Presenters included representatives from Fidelity Investments, Alfred Williams and Company, The Umstead Hotel and Spa, Wake Tech Community College, and the United States Army.

The sophomore fellows have started the Step-It-Up-2-Thrive curriculum created by Thrive Foundation for Youth. The first stage of the curriculum is the identification of youths' sparks- those hidden strengths that are discoverable in all youth.  We had a wonderful discussion about how to identify the fellows' sparks, obstacles that can get in the way of sparks, and those champions who know and support them in pursuit of their sparks.    

Finally, out new fellows have started meeting with their mentors this month.  We are so excited for these relationships to grow and flourish, and are already seeing how much the personal support system of a mentor is making a difference in the lives of the fellows.