The Issue: Limited Access to School Counselors Statewide
Studies show that middle and high school students with a plan for their career and future perform better academically, graduate at a higher rate, and are more engaged in their education and community. According to data from the Office of Information, Analysis and Reporting Section at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, the counselor-to-student ratio state average is one counselor for every 320 students, hindering the counselors’ ability to work closely with every student.
The Campaign: Funding Career Mentoring for Youth
If this Grassroots campaign raises $300, then Futures for Kids can assign career coaches to 30 students and help them build skills portfolios. Each additional $10 raised will fund one skills portfolio and a career-coach assignment for another youth participant. Students will receive access to an online portfolio and get to work online with a career-coach mentor to explore potential options for the future. The program reaches out to middle- and high-school students at more than 885 public schools throughout North Carolina.
Futures for Kids
While a student in the executive-MBA program at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, the founder of Futures for Kids was volunteering as a high-school wrestling coach, and saw that many of the graduating seniors on his team lacked direction. As a class project, he began Futures for Kids in 2001 to help engage the students with the business community in their career-planning process.
Today, Futures for Kids reaches out to more than 477,000 students at 885 public schools across the state, aiming to equip them with the knowledge and experience necessary to succeed beyond school. It connects students with career coaches and businesses through an online career-exploration program. The program aims to prepare students to enter the workforce and maintain a stable career after they graduate high school, while funneling a stream of talented workers to local businesses.
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