The Challenge Program, Inc.’s mission and overall programming closely align with the new PA Career Readiness Standards. Meeting these standards for every high school student can often become a challenge for educators. The Challenge Program wants to help with a new optional survey that is being implemented this school year.
For more information about our NEW post-assembly “Career Readiness Reflection (CEWS)” survey and how it can help you with Articles of Evidence, please contact:
Sara Deyarmin-Jones, Director of Program Development
29 students from participating schools have gained employment with their business partners through the connection started by TCP. That’s 29 jobs filled because businesses worked with the students throughout the year, who they were able to hire as an intern or full-time employee, that may have taken months of searching.
The types of businesses involved in the Program range from credit unions to manufacturing to healthcare but it all starts with a business connecting with the next workforce generation through The Challenge Program, Inc.
Each fall TCP chooses a theme for its assembly to reach students with their message. This year that message is to remind students of the choices they have and how the choices they make today can affect their future in the workforce.
Students will be given scenarios in which they will have to consider their options and the effect of their choice. One option will not help them earn a TCP award and one will align with good habits associated with TCP’s award categories and workforce success. A student chooses whichever option they see fit for themselves and their business partner will have a chance to talk to the students about the choice they just made and how it fits into the workplace.
Huntington Bank has partnered with TCP and will bring its Financial Literacy Program, “Huntington Reality Days” to their partnered school. Huntington Reality Days is an exciting program that introduces young adults to everyday financial decisions. This event partners career exploration, financial education, and the hands-on experience of making monthly budgeting decisions during a life simulation activity. The event starts with a lesson on smart money decisions, followed by each student being assigned a job, family status and credit score. They then visit booths, use a simulated checking account, and pay for necessities, including housing, childcare, taxes, education, transportation, utilities, groceries, and other expenses. The program concludes with a look into career opportunities found within financial institutions.
TCP is excited to be working with Huntington Bank again for the 2018-2019 school year and to help them prepare students for the future.
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Sara Deyarmin Jones, Director of Business Development
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These opportunities and awards improve motivation and life around the school. Everyone tried harder than I have seen in awhile, and being chosen from a group of amazing students is an amazing experience. I would like to thank you again and hope that you may continue this program.
My journey to a Challenge Program award was pretty rocky. In fact, two years ago I would have been surprised if I had ten hours of community service…this year alone I had over 200!
School has always been a struggle for me and I felt very happy to have all of the work I’ve put so much effort into recognized at graduation.
I know that everyone at my school strives to work harder because of The Challenge Program, Inc., and it’s nice to know people care enough to try to improve their grades/morale.
Thank you so much for coming to my school, putting on inspirational assemblies, and awarding students.
It is because of groups and individuals like you that our graduating seniors are able to pursue their dreams. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.
Thank you for the award and the acknowledgement of my son’s hard work. We appreciate it and I believe this will motivate him in the future.