Businesses have an integral role in The Challenge Program, Inc.’s mission, to build sustainable business/education partnerships, introduce students to career opportunities in their communities, and to contribute to workforce development by motivating students to develop the solid work habits required for success in school and in the future. These habits are reflected in the five Challenge Program categories: Attendance, STEM, Community Service, Academic Improvement and Academic Excellence.
Select one or more high schools to support and engage with them at a minimum of three times per year.
Address a school assembly of 10th, 11th and 12th-grade students about your company, its career opportunities and paths to training/education for success.
Select workforce-related activities throughout the year (i.e. facility tours, workshops, job-shadowing, mock-interviews) which prepare students for the expectations of workforce readiness.
BUSINESS MARKETING RECOGNITION
Press releases with photos; Website recognition; Monthly messaging to students; Banners/posters placed in the schools; Social Media promotion.
BUSINESS MOTIVATION MODEL
Reinforce a frequently implemented business practice of awarding excellent performance with incentives. A portion of your investment funds a $200 award for five students from each eligible grade (15 students in all). Students are challenged to compete in the five categories to create habits needed for success.