~Hafsat Abiila, Nigerian, Peace Leadership Award
About the EdExploreSRQ Interactive Career Exploration Series:
Vision: Sarasota County Schools and Community Organizations will share a long-standing commitment to utilize the region’s cultural and business assets to create a college and career readiness culture to increase the number of motivated ready-to-work high school and post-secondary graduates and to build a “home-grown” workforce.
Mission: To expand EdExploreSRQ by providing career exploration experiential field trips to middle school students whose career interests can be aligned with a 4+2 student education program in high school and beyond.
Current research professes that providing interactive career exploration activities in high school may be too late, and that early engagement is a key to helping students transitioning into high school to define their future (ACT, 2015). According to an article, “Career Prep Moves Into Middle Schools” (Education Week; 2015/07/15), exposing middle school students to careers help them understand the relevance of what they are learning, and increases the likelihood that they will be prepared for college. After all, as quoted by America’s Promise Alliance, how do we expect young people to dream if they don’t know what they can dream about? Those dreams can include all types of careers, but only if students are aware of their existence. Such awareness not only benefits students but also benefits communities seeking a trained “home-grown” workforce. This initiative is in direct alignment with the Sarasota’s Chamber’s “STATE of JOBS” and “TALENT4TOMORROW & WORKFORCE” pillars! The Education Foundation believes that coming together as a community will light the passion within each student touched by these career explorations, allowing each to confidently move forward to set our region aglow!
The Education Foundation of Sarasota County is an …
Independent, philanthropic organization that exponentially enhances the educational experiences available to the children of Sarasota County. The Education Foundation works to match donor’s passions with high-impact projects and initiatives that help every child rise to his or her full potential. The Education Foundation of Sarasota County and its philanthropic investors are champions for students, teachers, and schools. For more information, visit: edfoundationsrq.org
The EdExploreSRQ Community Partnership, comprised of…
The Education Foundation of Sarasota County, The Patterson Foundation, Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Arts & Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County, Sarasota County Schools, and the Science and Environment Council of Southwest Florida have and continue to successfully collaborate to improve connections between the classroom and community assets while echoing Kennedy’s belief:
“Our children are the most valuable resource and its best hope for the future.”
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