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Tips for Applying to Trade School

By | College, Education

If you know what specific career field you would like to enter and don’t think a four-year university is right for you, trade school could be the perfect fit. Trade school is a vocational school that provides the necessary training for your job of choice making it easier to secure a job quickly after graduation. Some trade school programs are less than a year long, and others can last up to 2 years, allowing you to graduate with an associate’s degree similar to attending a two-year college. Whatever career path is your goal, Educate Midland is here to support and assist you in getting there any way we can. If any of these careers sound right for you, follow these tips for choosing and applying to trade school. 

Careers obtainable with a trade school degree: 

  • Electrician
  • Dental hygienist
  • Plumber
  • Paralegal
  • Nurse
  • Graphic Designer
  • Welder
  • Computer technician
  • Aircraft mechanic
  • Cosmetologist
  • Chef
  • Marine mechanic
  • Construction manager
  • Massage therapist
  • Pharmacy technician

#1: Ensure that the trade school offers your desired program 

There are many different trade schools to choose from, and each trade school holds various programs for different career paths. Your first step is making sure that the trade school you are interested in has the program/certificate you are wanting. If you aren’t sure which program to apply for or what jobs it will qualify you for, call and ask the admissions office.

#2: A school with a good reputation is key

After ensuring that the trade school has the program you want, research to confirm that it has a strong reputation. A key factor for hiring employers is trusting that you went to a good school and are qualified to work there. When researching a trade school, read online reviews and talk to current and former students to get their input on whether or not they would recommend the program. Extensive research will ensure that you are getting your desired bang for your buck. 

#3: Make sure you can manage the cost and schedule

Finally, you need to make sure you can handle tuition fees. We encourage students to apply for FAFSA if needed so that payments can be spread out and made more affordable. Additionally, double-check that your class schedule aligns with that of your work schedule. If conflicts arise, look into switching to part-time or rearranging your class times. 

Applying to Trade School

Applying to a trade school is relatively simple. Most schools offer online applications that you can fill out, or you can call the admissions office for more information. Most trade school applications do not have an official deadline; however, you may have to wait until the start of your program to begin. After applying, some trade schools may require you to interview or speak with a representative to help with any questions and guide you through the program process. 

Most trade schools are open enrollment, making your chances of selection very high. Because of this, most trade schools do not require you to take the ACT or SAT and do not require an essay to be written to apply. Additionally, trade schools will not consider extracurricular activities or require recommendation letters when deciding admission.

Educate Midland is extremely proud of our students in anything they decide to do after high school. Whether it be a trade school, college, career, or the military, we want our students to feel supported and assisted in getting them wherever they want to be. For more information on Educate Midland and our involvement, visit educatemidland.org

Applying for College: Where Do I Start?

By | College, Education

As the spring semester begins, it’s time to start thinking about your plans after high school or begin finalizing them. For some, applying to college can seem overwhelming at first. With so many options to choose from and steps to complete, where do you start? Keep reading to ensure that you’re on the right track to be college-bound after graduation. 

Step 1: Discuss plans with college/career advisor

Most high schools have a designated college/career advisor, or someone dedicated to helping students plan for after high school. While creating an appointment may not be required, it is incredibly beneficial to talk through your goals for the future and gain professional advice and assistance on how to reach them. Discussing plans with your advisor can help tremendously with choosing the college right for you, and the beginning steps to apply. 

Step 2: Visit your top schools

After speaking with an advisor, you should have a better idea of what schools you are interested in and want to explore. Every college has a number to call in the department of undergraduate admissions that can help set up an official visit. This will allow you to see the campus and get a feel for the school in person. 

Step 3: Start the application process

Once you find the school (or schools) that are right for you, you can apply online. Most applications will ask for a well-written prompt essay so that they can get an idea of who you are as a student. It is also a good idea to ask for recommendation letters from a previous employer, teacher, or leader of some sort. Additionally, most colleges have an application fee of around $50, so consider this when choosing how many colleges you want to apply to. 

 

After your application has been submitted, you will need to send an official transcript to the schools you applied to. We recommend simply speaking to the front office of your high school and asking for assistance in printing your official transcript and mailing it to the correct address. 

Step 4: Apply for FAFSA

Once you apply to the schools of your choosing, make sure to check how much tuition is at each school. Picking a university that is in your budget is very important. Luckily, you don’t have to pay for college right away, or in full. Applying for FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is a great option to spread out payments and make college more affordable. Applying is free and encouraged. If you are qualified to receive financial aid, an amount will be offered, and you will be given the opportunity to accept or decline. 

Step 5: Wait for the news!

After your applications have been submitted, all there is to do is wait! Most acceptance or declination letters will be sent in the mail, so check frequently (emails too). After being accepted to one or more schools, you get to make your official decision. 

Educate Midland is extremely proud of our students in anything they decide to do after high school. Whether it be college, career, a trade school, or the military, we want our students to feel supported and assisted in getting them wherever they want to be. For more information on Educate Midland and our involvement, visit educatemidland.org.

Smart Texas

Start Smart Texas Welcomes Midland

By | Education, Learning

Educate Midland is honored and proud to announce that Midland has officially become a Start Smart Texas community. Start Smart Texas is a partnership between the United Ways of Texas and Texas PBS created to support Texas communities that are part of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. With the help of other Texas cities, we can achieve improved reading scores across our state. 

In order to join Start Smart Texas, each community must develop an action plan to focus on mobilizing local nonprofit organizations, civic and business leaders, and engaged citizens to work in concert with families and schools to address three underlying challenges that can keep young children from learning to read proficiently:

  • School readiness — too many children are entering kindergarten already behind 
  • School attendance — too many young children are missing too many days of school 
  • Summer learning — too many children are losing ground academically over the summer

What does this mean? 

For those of you who don’t know, Educate Midland is a “backbone” organization, coordinating and facilitating the community effort to move the bar on key educational indicators and to create sustainable student success outcomes. One of our key educational indicators is Early Learning under our School Readiness framework. By becoming a Start Smart Community, Educate Midland will have access to: 

  • A learning community with regular opportunities to learn from state and national experts on issues of relevance to Texas communities and student success
  • Access to state-level partners working together to support children and communities
  • Opportunities to connect with and learn from other Texas communities that are dedicated to improving the lives of children ages 0 – 8
  • Access to resources such as books and technologies designed to assist communities in their support of children, families, and schools
  • A whole lot more … 

The EDI

In one of Educate Midland’s first partner alignment initiatives, the EDI, or Early Development Instrument, was introduced as a community-level kindergarten readiness assessment. This tool allows the community to look at kindergarten readiness at a neighborhood-level of residence rather than school campus attendance. This truly paints a picture of where a child falls on a holistic scale of readiness to thrive in school before they even enter a classroom.

In the spring of the 2016-2017 school year, the EDI showed nearly half of kindergarten students in Midland ISD were not ready for school. By becoming a Start Smart community, Educate Midland hopes to improve school readiness, attendance, and reading scores in not only our own community but across the state. 

Sustainability

The main resource driving the sustainable efforts of this collaborative initiative is each partner’s shared vision to support early education through constant communication. Our number one priority is to help children in their academic journey from cradle to career, and we are excited to announce this partnership and new beginning so that we can have a greater impact on our children, family, and community. 

For more information on Educate Midland and our dedication to early childhood learning, visit educatemidland.org

Holiday Break

Avoiding Slide Over the Holiday Break

By | Education

Every break spent away from school, whether it’s three summer months or two winter weeks, children can suffer from slide, or when a child falls behind from their previous reading level. When children get out of a school routine of reading and learning daily, they can easily fall behind other classmates that are continuing to read over the break. 1 in 4 children who fall behind in reading by the end of third grade stays behind for the rest of their time in school. Therefore, it is vital to keep your child reading, learning, and staying active over the break. Here are some ways to avoid slide over the holidays: 

Read to your child

Reading to your child is vital in keeping them on the right track over the break. 90% of your child’s brain is developed in his or her first five years. So, it is important to make every second count and spend as much time as you can furthering their development. Learning to recognize letters, communicate, and count are just a few fundamentals that every child should understand before entering kindergarten. Additionally, staying intact with these methods over the break will ensure that your child doesn’t skip a beat when returning to school. 

Reduce screen time

Reducing screen time can be extra challenging over the holidays as your child may want to play a new game or on a new device. However, finding a balance between screen time and playing outside or reading a book is key to a successful school year. 

Sing

Singing encourages a child to express their emotions and sharpens their ability to communicate while exercising lip and tongue movement. While often overlooked, singing with your child can be one of the easiest and most fun ways to continue learning daily. For example, children not only learn the alphabet by saying it but by singing it. 

Count

Counting is another essential and easy way to keep your child thinking. As your child gets older and advances in grade levels, counting is basic knowledge needed for every math class he or she will take. 73% of Texas students passed the Fourth Grade Math on the STAAR test last school year. Only 63% of Midland students passed. While counting may seem like a simple step, it can be an underlying factor in the future success of your child. 

Go outside and play

The easiest thing you can do to help your child be the best and happiest student is to let them play. Put up the tablet or turn off the TV and take your child to the park. Letting your child play outside, especially with other children, helps them to learn communication skills along with many other fundamental behaviors. 

For more ways to help your child avoid slide over the holidays, visit our website educatemidland.org

I Am My Child’s First Teacher

By | Education

The idea behind “I am my child’s first teacher” is to better prepare the children in our community for Pre-K and kindergarten. Through this program, Educate Midland strives to raise awareness for childhood education, begin the conversation of elementary school readiness, and provide resources for parents and family members to further educate their children. Our goal is to educate not only parents, but grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings, and society as a whole that we are responsible for being educators and teachers to our children. 

What is the EDI?

The Early Development Instrument (EDI) is an internationally recognized tool that provides a holistic, citywide snapshot of young children’s health, development, and school readiness in five key areas: 

  • Language & Cognitive Development
  • General Knowledge & Communication Skills
  • Physical Health & Well-being
  • Social Competence
  • Emotional Maturity

These five areas determine how prepared children are to enter kindergarten and whether or not they were taught necessary developmental and communication skills prior. In the spring of the 2016-2017 school year, the EDI showed nearly half of kindergarten students in Midland ISD were not ready for school. In fact, in the typical Midland kindergarten classroom, 53% of students were prepared, and 47% were not. 

What can I do?

You, as a parent or guardian, are more than capable of being your child’s first teacher. Merely loving and nurturing your child is a step in the right direction for early childhood development. Additionally, Educate Midland wants to give you as many tools and resources as possible to help you take the next step. Here are some fundamental tips to get your child on the right track: 

  • Read to your child
  • Reduce screen time
  • Sing
  • Count with them
  • Go outside
  • Play

While these may seem like basic concepts, they are each extremely important in the early growth and development of your child. 

Prepare you and your child for the road ahead

The best thing you can do for your child is to be invested in their education. Let’s come together as parents, as a community, and as a society to improve the education of the children we love so dearly. We encourage all parents and family members to visit our website and take a look at the provided resources to better educate yourself on tips, tools, activities, and guides to make sure your child can conquer kindergarten.

1 TO 1 Tutoring Program

By | Education

It is said that “heroes come in many forms.”  Our family’s hero is a 1 TO 1 tutor by the name of Eric Staib.

My daughter Michelle is a freshman at Midland College.  For various reasons, she has always struggled with algebra.  She spent her first semester at MC repeatedly taking the TSI Placement test for math.  She took the remedial class and unfortunately did not pass. She did just about everything we knew to do; she studied and even participated in the online training program.   She was so stressed out about the test that she scored poorly, and had to change from a degree plan to a certificate program as a result. Her dream is to obtain a degree in Early Childhood Development and work with our communities “littles,” and she refused to give up and let a placement test dictate her future. 

At the end of our rope and not sure which direction to go, I called my friend Laurie Boldrick with 1 TO 1 tutoring.  Keep in mind, it was summer, and school hadn’t even started yet. Additionally, my daughter was in college, not high school.  In only a few short days, I was given Eric’s contact information. Eric was willing to help as long as Michelle was willing to put in the work and do her best. The college course that Michelle was taking, an 8-week remedial algebra class, served as “TSI clear” in math. It was self-paced and online.  Eric met with Michelle and evaluated her skill level. He determined and informed her that she struggled with basic math concepts. After only one meeting with Eric, she came home very hopeful and ready to go to work. Michelle would do her review, study, and meet with Eric to “button up” and then take the chapter exams.  If she failed the exam (less than 70%), she would meet with Eric to review again and then retake it (she was required to retake it if less than 70%). She only had to retake one exam! Meanwhile, her confidence soared, not only in math but her other courses as well. Up until then, she had struggled with purpose and grades.  She began caring about her grades and wasn’t happy with less than her very best (a huge difference from her previous attitude of, “well a C is passing so it’s good enough.”) She completed the 8-week course in less than 4 weeks! She also completed it with a B. She has never received such a good grade in math before. Michelle has a part-time job in childcare and sent me the following text last week: “MOM! I am so proud of myself, this boy had to do a percentage problem in math (a word problem) and I helped him, but they taught him a confusing way so I told him there’s an easier way and I taught him how and he got the answer right, I guess there IS a reason to know algebra after all!”

I have never actually met Eric (as Michelle is 19), but he is our true-life hero. Not only did he help her with math, but he helped her self-confidence.  He actually got her excited about her future (and even math). We owe him so much, and all he asked of her was that she “do her best.” Not only has she succeeded, but she is flourishing.  If your child is struggling with any subject, I highly recommend that you try one of the tutors in the 1 TO 1 program. See the list below of available campuses, and if that schedule doesn’t work, please give us a call at Educate Midland (818-2620) and we will do our best to put you in contact with a tutor. 

Deonne Presley

Educate Midland

Office Manager

 

Midland ISD Schools Served:

  • Midland High School
    • Tuesdays at MHS Library (4:15 -6:00)
  • Lee High School
    • Tuesdays at LHS Library (4:15 -6:00)
  • San Jacinto Junior High School
    • Tuesdays at San Jacinto JHS Library (4:15 -5:15)
  • Goddard Junior High School
    • Wednesdays at Goddard JHS Library (4:15 -5:15)
  • Abell Junior High School
    • Tuesdays at Abell JHS Library (4:15 -5:15)

 

Greenwood ISD School Served:

  • James R Brooks Middle School
    • Tuesdays at James R Brooks MS (4:15 -5:15)

House Bill 3 Passed: What Does This Mean for MISD?

By | Education

Educate Midland is excited to announce that House Bill 3, (HB 3), has officially been passed and is being put into action. This school finance bill was passed by the 86th Texas Legislature and signed by Governor Greg Abbott to better support and reward teacher excellence, focus on learning and improving student outcomes, increase district funding and equity, and reduce and reform property taxes and recapture. 

In our previous blog over this amazing new bill, Citizens Committee Bond Proposal 2019, we explained what HB 3 was generally, and the details of the bond proposed. However, we did not go into detail about what this would mean for MISD and the exciting new direction our community is heading. Here are some of the benefits our district will experience with this bill in motion: 

Improving College, Career, Military Readiness (CCMR)

Educate Midland is always dedicated to our student’s academic journey. From cradle to career, we are invested in ensuring our youth is given the right tools to succeed in whatever their goals, plans, and passions are. CCMR is just one of the amazing opportunities implemented to help students flourish after high school. By giving students specific tools and resources as early as elementary school, we are better preparing them to get where they want to go. Whether it’s college, trade school, or the military, CCMR can ensure that more students are prepared for the real world when they are handed that diploma. 

Additionally, each CCMR program requires the Board of Trustees to develop plans that set specific annual goals. If those goals are met, the district is given a CCMR Outcomes Bonus with funding paid for each annual graduate above a certain threshold percentage. 

We’ve calculated the runs (how much funding a district will receive) for both Midland ISD and Greenwood ISD to help you understand how beneficial this could be when we reward outcomes.

More Funding, More Opportunities

With this additional district funding, we are able to assist in opening many new doors for growth for our students, faculty, and families in our community. The Citizens Committee Bond approval has not only allowed for many new changes in education but the growth and expansion of many of our local schools as well. Each year, more and more students enroll in MISD, and we have reached student capacity at all secondary campuses. This bond allows for the construction, expansion, and remodeling of the following schools, including the addition of advanced technology, to ensure that our students are equipped, comfortable, and safe:

  • Construct Two New Comprehensive High Schools
  • Renovate/Expand Existing Lee High School Site
  • Fully Utilize and Repurpose Existing Midland High School Site
  • Fully Utilize and Repurpose Existing San Jacinto Junior High Site
  • Safety and Security Upgrades at Secondary Campuses
  • Technology Upgrades at Secondary Campuses
  • Select Capital Replacement at Secondary Campuses
  • Athletic / Site Improvements at Existing JH/Freshman Campuses (going from 4-6 and reconfiguration) 
  • Add 1200 seats for Pre-k 

Educate Midland is excited to support House Bill 3 and cannot wait to see the improvement in our academic community. We hope this information helps you begin to visualize the bigger picture of our community coming together to help our students flourish in whatever path they choose. Click here for more information on HB 3 and the benefits it entails!

‘My Plan’ Initiative – A New Direction for Educate Midland

By | Education

Educate Midland has always been dedicated to giving students and their families as many resources and opportunities to expand their education. Getting students from cradle to career is at the heart of this organization. As a result, we are excited to head in a new direction to ensure that more students are prepared to take that next step after high school. 

Educate Midland has placed itself to be the ultimate resource for getting kids on a CCMR, (College, Career, Military Readiness), track early. It’s never too early to begin planning for college or career. Even as early as kindergarten, young students are beginning to understand different occupations. 

CCMR: 6th-8th Grade

In 6th grade, students start exploring different career paths that interest them. Then, in 7th and 8th grade, students will begin to explore course options they would like to pursue in high school to achieve those post-high-school goals. Deciding early between a 2 or 4-year college, apprenticeships or trade school, or even entering the military can put students on the right track early for their academic career. 

CCMR: High School

As students enter the 9th grade, they are now officially in high school! While many freshmen may not be thinking about a career after high school just yet, CCMR is a great way to get them considering career paths that interest them. It will also inform them of the local employment needs of our community.  Freshman and Sophomore year, students will begin taking courses that lead to graduation endorsements geared towards 2 or 4-year colleges, apprenticeships or training, or the military.

Entering junior year, students are well into planning for college and career after high school. At this level, course options begin to solidify programs of study that lead to five options for graduation endorsements on the foundation high school plan. Many students entering the 11th grade may qualify for multiple college-level courses offered at the high school and even choose to visit college campuses they are considering! 

As their final year approaches, senior students will be challenged to take a course load that prepares them for college and career. Students in grade 12 begin to finalize academic decisions as they plan for their lives after high school. 

Mutual Goal = “My Plan”

By encouraging and assisting students to create a plan early on, we give them the tools, resources, and courses that can prepare them to reach that goal. Educate Midland is excited to support programs such as CCMR that help get children on the right track throughout their time in school. CCMR gives students, faculty, and families an amazing opportunity to help as many children reach their goals as possible, and Educate Midland is proud to be an integral part of it.

Citizens Committee Bond Proposal 2019

By | Education, Events

The Midland ISD Master Facilities Planning Committee has officially finalized its bond recommendation for the upcoming November election. At $569 million, this bond will help to seat more children as the projected enrollment for Midland ISD continues to rise. MISD added approximately 1,400 students over the last three years, and enrollment is expected to increase another 8,600 students over the next ten years, a 33% increase. In addition, grades 9-12 are projected to add approximately 3,000 students over the next ten years, a 45% increase. Educate Midland is always excited to support opportunities for growth in the community and encourage everyone to get informed on this amazing new proposal. 

Committee Recommendation

The last new comprehensive high school was built in 1961, 58 years ago for an enrollment size of fewer than 1,500 students. Currently, secondary campuses lease nearly the same number of classrooms in portable buildings that a permanent high school would have, according to district officials. Additionally, the last new junior high school was built in 1993, 26 years ago. Therefore, it is time to make improvements in the school district as these buildings will not hold for much longer at maximum student capacity. As a part of the 10-Year Facility Master Plan, the Committee recommends that the MISD Board of Trustees call a Bond Election November 5th, 2019 summarized as follows: 

  • Construct Two New Comprehensive High Schools
  • Renovate/Expand Existing Lee High School Site
  • Fully Utilize and Repurpose Existing Midland High School Site
  • Fully Utilize and Repurpose Existing San Jacinto Junior High Site
  • Safety and Security Upgrades at Secondary Campuses
  • Technology Upgrades at Secondary Campuses
  • Select Capital Replacement at Secondary Campuses
  • Athletic / Site Improvements at Existing JH/Freshman Campuses

Fiscal Considerations

Residents may be concerned about how this will affect taxes during the duration of the bond. However, interest rates are predicted to be near record lows – 3% below the 60-year average – throughout the bond period. If the district waits, the additional interest could cost taxpayers an additional $150 million to $240 million.

However, the actual impact, when taxpayers consider the impact of the session, would not seem so much. The average $300,000 homeowner would have already had their taxes reduced by $210 per year when they began paying for the bond. Therefore, the difference in what each taxpayer is spending right now would be less than $100 per year.

“We have never had this opportunity, and we may never again. This is the most tax-friendly way possible,” said Ronnie Scott, a committee board member. 

Closing Remarks

By the time construction of the new buildings under the proposed bond are completed, it will have been over 60 years since Midland built a new comprehensive high school and over 30 years since it built a new comprehensive junior high/middle school. Once approved, it will take another five years to fully implement the attached plan. The longer we wait, the more seats we may need, and the greater the cost will be.

Six decades ago, Midland was positioned extraordinarily well for the future through school leader’s and the community’s vision, leadership, and courage. Similarly, MISD and a Committee of Citizens have come together to develop this thoughtful, coordinated plan based upon not wants, but needs that incorporate important taxpayer considerations.

VOTE!

We understand that passing this bond is only one step in many necessary steps to improving the district’s academic performance. Again, we are so excited about the opportunity for growth for our students and families and hope that you get informed, get involved, and most importantly, vote! We will be voting on if this proposal will be added to the November 5th, 2019 ballot at the upcoming school board meeting. This meeting will be held on Monday, August 19th at Bowie Fine Arts Elementary School, beginning at 4:00 pm and we hope to see you there.

For more information click here.

Program Highlight

By | Education, Events

Rope Youth- A Road to Redemption

Like many of the youth he works with, Rope Youth’s founder, Karl Baroski, had no father in his life. By the age of 5, his mother abandoned him, leaving him to cycle through foster homes for the rest of his adolescent life. Overcoming adversity as a troubled teen, Karl graduated high school and went on to play college football at Arkansas Tech University. Karl’s passion for working with at-risk youth began in college while working with the Boys and Girls Club and the Sunshine Boys center. Through his job with the Boy Scouts of America, Karl opened numerous outreach programs for kids who would otherwise not have the opportunity to be in scouts. In September 2010, Karl created the Project R.O.P.E. program to help first-time juvenile offenders. After a successful year and a half, Karl left the Boy Scouts to start Rope Youth and has since developed four programs: Project Rope, Grow, MENtor, and Propel. 

The Redirect Outdoor Program Experience (R.O.P.E.) provides juvenile offenders an alternative to formal court proceedings and offers a chance to accept responsibility and move forward in their lives. Through structured activities, this program aims to reduce the recidivism rate among offending youth and provide a positive activity for other at-risk youth. R.O.P.E. is for non-violent 11 to 17-year-old boys and girls. At least once a month the youth participate in a High Adventure activity, including horse-back riding, rappelling, caving, backpacking, hiking, swimming, canoeing, and usually involves camping. 

GROW is an all-girl self-esteem program. All GROW members meet weekly during their school lunch hour with their mentor. GROW is centered around young girls exploring their strengths and special qualities that make each student unique as they can express their thoughts, feelings, and ideas without judgment. In addition to hanging out with other girls and their program mentor, students will learn to deal with stress, express anger, make good decisions, and protect their inner self. GROW girls participate in the community, have local sleepovers, and camping trips. GROW starts in the seventh grade and continues until graduation as their mentor follows them grade by grade and school by school. 

     

MENtor is an all-male weekly mentoring program that meets during lunch hour. Most of these young men were referrals to MENtor from teachers and guidance counselors as the majority have limited family support, live below the poverty line, and are being raised by a single parent or guardian. With these disadvantages, most of these students are behind academically. The best way to overcome these challenges is to build relationships with supportive and concerned adults. MENtor’s purpose is to provide a stable, trustworthy adult presence that the student may be lacking in their life. Starting in the seventh grade, the mentor will stay with the young man the entire school year and follow him through the rest of his academic career, providing emotional support, a positive self-image, and confidence to achieve academic goals. 

     

PROPEL is a six-week prevention program for children in fourth through sixth grade. These students will learn team building and leadership skills through fun group interactions and structured activities lead by a mentor. PROPEL has frequent guest speakers from the community, including C.E.O.’s, Administrators, Youth Leaders, Professional Counselors, and other non-profit partners that have been through relatable struggles and adversity. This program aims to address current issues that students may have before they become a problem in the future. Each week addresses a critical issue that today’s youth face: 

Week 1: Leadership/Team Building Activity

Week 2: Bullying

Week 3: Self Esteem/Team Building Activity

Week 4: Coping and Relationships

Week 5: Drugs and Alcohol

Week 6: Health and Wellness/Crossfit Activity

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