2016 Kick-Off Assembly

QUALIFY FOR SUCCESS!

Info for Educators
Info for Business Partners

This year’s assembly – Qualify for Success – has been developed in response to educators and businesses expressing the need for students to understand the whole interview processes including where to look for work, how to prepare, and the good and not-so-good uses for social media and the screening process before being granted the formal interview. The kick-off presentation guide will be emailed to all educators and business partners once an assembly scheduling form has been received.

The Guide includes:

  • Description
  • Grade Span
  • Learning Goals
  • Space Requirements
  • Materials Requested
  • Volunteers Requested
  • Procedure
  • Duration
  • Music
  • Graphics to be used during the Presentation

Participating Business and Schools will be contacted by their TCP Program Development Representative to review the Assembly and the date, time and location of the assembly. In the meantime, never hesitate to call 814-533-7401 x100 with any questions.

 

 

Info for Educators:

It’s time to begin! Thank you for the time to help schedule the 2016 kick-off assembly – Qualify for SuccessIf you have not scheduled your assembly yet, please fill out an Assembly Scheduling form today or call 814-533-7401 x100.

“Qualify for Success” is a mock Olympic Qualifying Race dramatization to demonstrate how qualified job applicants can stand out among a crowd of qualified candidates and how not to be disqualified from the race. The Challenge Program, Inc. mission and implementation aligns with state education departments’ standards for Career Education and Work (CEW) goals for all students:

  • Career Awareness and Preparation
  • Career Acquisition & Entrepreneurship
  • Career Retention and Advancement
  • Motivating Students

The Scene:

  • Four Student Candidates are racing to qualifying for an important interview.
  • The Business Partner asks questions based on the Five Award Categories.
  • Responses will determine if candidates will stay in the “race”.
  • Using the Five Award Categories the Business Partner will evaluate which Candidates will make it to the “Olympics” – the formal interview for available positions within the organization.

Please select students who are comfortable on stage and with public speaking. Choose a combination of boys and girls. The students will use their own names. Below is a list of characteristics for each “player”. Your time and theirs is very valuable and we thank you so very much for your support and participation.

For the Stage:

  • 1 Table –  to the side of the stage, facing front, for the awards and/or promotional items brought by the Business Partner. Banner will be taped to the front of the table.
  • 2 Wireless Microphones (if available) – if there are more than 2, please let us know as they will be helpful.
  • 2 Chairs
  • Access to Sound System for Music – we’ll supply the music.

Volunteers Needed:

  • 4 Competitors pre-qualifying for an interview. They will be standing on the stage “at the starting line”. These students will be speaking their scripted parts.
  • 1 “Sports Commentator” to interact with the TCP Representative on stage. This student will have a large speaking part and should be very personable.
  • 1 On-Stage Crew Member to carry “Social Media Posts” across the stage throughout the race. No speaking.
  • 1 Student to assist with the music. This can be a faculty member if you prefer.
  • Each student will receive 1 hour of community service.

If schedules permit, please allow the volunteers to be available 20-30 minutes prior to the start of the assembly to go over the presentation with the TCP Program Manager, who will arrive at the school at least 45 minutes prior to the assembly

Players Characteristics:

  • Student 1. Confident in his/her abilities with humility and willingness to help others.
  • Student 2. Struggles academically; Learning to leave comfort-zone to be a better student.
  • Student 3. Never believed in his/her abilities until discovering a passion which leads to more confidence and better grades.
  • Student 4. Very Intelligent; self-involved; a little lazy; unwilling to conform.                                                                                

If your current juniors/seniors are waiting for awards from their sophomore/junior years during the 2015-2016 Program/School year, these awards will be distributed at the end of the assembly.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Anna Gibbs, Program Communications Manager, at 814-533-7401 ext. 100. 

 

 

Info for Business Partners

Thank you for taking the time to participate in our 2016 kick-off presentation – Qualify for Success. If you have not sent your RSVP for your school(s) assembly yet, or have not received date options for the assembly, please call 814-533-7401 x100.

“Qualify for Success” is a mock Olympic Qualifying Race dramatization to demonstrate how qualified job applicants can stand out among other qualified candidates and how not to be disqualified from the race.

The Scene:

  • Four Student Candidates are qualifying for an important interview with your company.
  • The Business Partner asks questions based on the Five Award Categories.
  • Responses will determine if Candidates remain in the “race”.
  • Using the Five Award Categories the manager Business Partner will evaluate which Candidates, if any, will go to the “Olympics” –  formal interview for available positions within the organization.

Your Role:

Your role will be the interviewer asking qualifying questions of the candidate. We encourage our businesses to send a representative who is comfortable with public speaking. You will be given an opportunity before and during each award category “heat” to talk about how and why the award characteristics are important to your organization and overall professional success. The TCP representative will briefly explain the criteria of the award category during the banter with the “Sports Commentator”.

Promotional Items:

You are encouraged, if available, to bring promotional items from your business to distribute to the students. There will be 7 volunteers and for each presentation. It is your choice to bring enough for the volunteers only, the volunteers and the award winners (+10) or more to distribute among the audience.

Assembly Day Preparation:

If your schedule allows, please report to the school 30 minutes prior to the start of the assembly to review the presentation with the students and the TCP representative. In the above Educator Section, you will see what we are asking the schools to prepare for this assembly. Your time, the educators and the students are all very valuable and we thank you so very much for your support and participation.

Qualify for Success – PDF

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Anna Gibbs, Program Communications Manager, at 814-533-7401 ext. 100.