Exploring Growth Opportunities
Project EGO is a school based intervention program whose purpose is to help at risk seniors in the Peninsula School District function more positively in their homes, schools, communities, careers and futures.
We offer twice monthly meetings which involve educational and social enrichment, support groups, life skills training, a wilderness challenge experience, a career fair and other services essential to successful young adult development.
There are small groups that meet to discuss and apply the topics to their personal lives the week after the large group meetings. They are smaller in number to create a more intimate environment to apply the learning to their individual futures. The large group meetings include all enrolled students together for educational enrichment. Speakers conduct lecture style discussions covering a multitude of appropriate topics chosen to stimulate thought and Explore Growth Opportunities. Listed below are the topics covered and their ultimate goals:
ORIENTATION/ GOAL SETTING:
To establish clear understanding of the rules, program expectations, class structure and goals. To build repoire. To explain how each student can earn 10 credits by participating in the program.
COOPERATIVE TEAMWORK/ GROUP SKILLS:
Begin by working together, team building, developing and practicing group skills, setting personal goals for year and talk about future plans and dreams.
RESUMES/ JOB INTERVIEWS:
Learn how to fill out applications, discuss do’s and don’ts of job interviews, role-play interviews, and reduce anxiety of the job search process and to build self-confidence.
Exposure to an avenue to develop job interests/ job skills, awareness of skills, training, creating a sense of belonging or purpose by making a difference in the community.
MEDICINE AND HEALTHCARE:
Exposure to a healthy role model who creates a safe environment for discussing health topics, to encourage making healthy choices, education of health screenings, problems and solutions in healthcare (why it matters), connect productivity and health and to expose known health issues that often hold back the success of young adults.
FINANCIAL SUCCESS/VOCATIONAL OPTIONS:
To generate multiple options for careers and success, to explore vocations, look at the upcoming of growth rate in different fields, practical advice for young adult’s financial planning and exposure to the “Real Numbers” (retirement, taxes, budgets, costs of living).
To equip students with a recipe for success in developing their grant plan proposal and interview (a requirement of the class). This offers an experiential exercise in selling themselves and practicing interview skills. The recipients utilize the awards to further their stated future goals.
To involve the parents in the education of their young people. Many parents of our students have disconnected from their children and/or the school. To promote support and commitmen for our Wilderness Challenge and banquet. Complete practical paperwork.
To build self-confidence, to develop emotional strength and increase self- esteem, practice teamwork skills and to enhance leadership and problem solving skills.
To celebrate and create special recognition for each of the student’s successes, to give students public speaking experience and to award grants that support the future steps of their growth.