SWAP Springboard Mentoring 9/26 cancelled

Due to complicated schedules – – the Springboard Mentoring meeting scheduled for 9/26 is cancelled. Stay tuned for future schedule!  thank you!

 

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Volunteers please take your Birkman Assessment

SWAP volunteers — please check your email for your Birkman Assessment link . Please complete this before SWAP Saturday 9/21 (even IF you aren’t going to attend 9/21).

RSVP Please — if you have not let us know yes/no for 9/21, please do.

NEW TEXT/CALL Line –

RSVP or IF YOU HAVE something you need to say to — or info you need to get from SWAP Leaders –

text or call 832-900-2226

 


RSVP to Amy Taylor if you will attend 9/26 Springboard Training

Attention SWAP volunteers!

springboardSept 26th, 6pm (in Williams 101/102):   Spring Branch ISD will be at Chapelwood to conduct a Springboard Mentoring Training Session.  This is the training that is provided to anyone who serves as a mentor in a SBSID school.   The training provides very interesting background on ‘who’ the students are, ‘why’ they benefit from mentoring, and ‘how’ to do the mentoring.  I have taken this training and I can promise you it is insightful and you will learn something new. 

While you do not have to take this to be a SWAP volunteer – it will be very helpful to you, and will likely allow you to be a better SWAP mentor / volunteer and help you form better, more meaningful relationships with SWAP students.

If you will attend – please RSVP to Amy Taylor soon.  aTaylor@chapelwood.org

 

 

 


SWAP students taking Birkman Assessment

Screen shot 2013-09-11 at 8.58.17 AMThanks to a wonderful gift from Birkman International, the 2013-2014 SWAP students are all taking the Birkman Assessment, which will help identify students’ interests in life and in careers.  SWAP volunteers will also take the Birkman (be on the lookout for information from Amy).  Ginny Itz (our former fearless leader) is a Birkman expert, and she will put students in small groups using the Birkman data.  Ginny and Wendy Andreen (also a Birkman expert) will create Birkman coded scavenger hunts for each field trip, so students can identify careers at field trip locations by interests (e.g. creativity, analytical, etc).  We’ll all be briefed on how this is going to work at the 9/21 SWAP Saturday.

Yesterday was the first Birkman Assessment day at Spring Oaks Middle – and we had a full room of 23 students.  SWAP volunteers will be there again today and John Vargas and the SOMS VERY HELPFUL librarian will catch the rest of the students by Friday.  Thank you to Sharon Fink of Birkman International (if you see her, give her a big hug!), Paul Seuss, the principal of Spring Oaks Middle, the SWAP students, and Ginny Itz and her wonderful partner in Birkman Assessment Wendy Andreen.

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Agenda for 9/21/13 SWAP Saturday

Sept 21 2013’s SWAP will be held at Chapelwood in the Upper Room / Youth Game Room area.

Please let Amy Taylor or Sondra know if you can ride the bus . (Pick up at SOMS bus loop at 8:15am).

Here is the agenda in downloadable format.

The SWAP Students are taking the Birkman Career Assessment at SOMS the week of 9/9.  Ginny Itz’s Birkman team will assess, compile, and present to the SWAP volunteers and students at the 9/21 event.  We will be using the assessment data to break into small groups.  Bear with us on exact details – some of the parts are still in motion !

Thank you for your service and your time!

 

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SBISD Registration and Springboard Mentoring Training

Remember all volunteers need to register on the SBSID Web-Site – it’s quick and easy!  You have to do this every year (not just once).

New!  SBISD will be bringing Springboard Mentoring training to Chapelwood — it will be in Fellowship Hall 6-8pm on 9/26.  If you have done one on one mentoring through SBSID previously – you have likely taken this training, and know that it is very informative and helpful!  If you are volunteering for SWAP or a similar program, Springboard Mentoring training is not required – but hugely helpful! It provides background on the students and their families and provides insight on how to interact with both.   To attend the Springboard Mentoring training at CUMC – – please let Amy Taylor know you are coming (ataylor@chapelwood.org).

SWAP volunteers also need to complete Safe Sanctuary training –  we will make this as easy as possible – look to the blog for updates once the process is set.

 


The S.W.A.P. T-2-4 Model — new for 2013 – 2014

Hello S.W.A.P. volunteers and students.  Many of you have heard us talking about a ‘new’ S.W.A.P. model for the 2013-2014 school year  — but are perhaps wondering what this new model is , and why?

Well – here it is!  The model for new S.W.A.P.   — a model that hopefully keeps all the great stuff that has been S.W.A.P. for the past 15 years, but grows it to support the SBSID T-2-4 goal of increasing successful completion of higher education degrees.  (You’ll notice that not everyone is pinned down here – there are open spots, and TBD’s – don’t worry – we’ve got lots of folks working on getting those all set up.  If you’d like to be in on this planning – let Amy Taylor know.)

OBJECTIVE: To improve the personal vision, academic achievement, self-esteem, moral character, and leadership ability of middle school students by “exposing” them to their vast career options and a committed group of positive role models.

2013-2014 SWAP PROGRAM CALENDAR (see dates here).

Opening: September 21, 2013 Kick-Off Gathering at Chapelwood UMC

Field Trips

October 12, 2013 Employer/Industry

November 9, 2013 Trade/Technical Schools

December 7, 2013 Employer/Industry

January 18, 2014 Two-Year Schools

February 15, 2014 Employer/Industry

March 15, 2014 Four-Year Schools

Capstone Event:  April 12, 2014 T-2-4 Career Expo

Closing: May 3, 2014 SWAP Closing Celebration at Run for the Arts and Sky Zone

Nuts and Bolts of New Model:

1) . 40 to 60 kids (primarily 6th who have been pre-registered through 5th grade recruiting and SOMS 6th grade orientation).  Legacy students are invited back – including a developing leadership program for SWHS SWAP alums)

2) . 7 monthly field trips (all on Saturday’s)

3) . Buses pick kids up at 8:15 AM and drop kids off at 1:30 PM

4.)  Breakfast and lunch is provided

5). Field trips alternate between major employers and higher education

6). SWAP volunteers ride along to “coach, debrief, and mentor” the kids

7). SWAP Students Grades and Test Scores are tracked

8). All positive school achievements are recognized and reinforced

SWAP FIELD TRIPS

October 12, 2013 Employer Trip: Major Sports Franchise (Astros, Texans, Rockets)

• Breakfast/Orientation on the bus ride to the venue

• Presentation of ALL of the jobs that are needed to run the team and facility

• Tour of facility (Meet a various employees INCLUDING a VIP or two autographs/ photo ops)

• Lunch in Facility (dugout, clubhouse, skybox, etc.)

• Debrief in facility (What did you see? What did you learn? What career choices do you like?)

• Reinforcement exercise/Elevator Speech (How to tell your parents and friends about this experience)

November 9, 2013 Trade/Technical Trip (Remington, ITT, Everest, College of Healthcare Professions, Art Institute)

• Breakfast/Orientation on the bus ride to the venues (at least 2 stops)

• Presentation of ALL of the trades and career options, requirements, and salaries

• Tour of facility (Meet a various employees INCLUDING admissions, a teacher and career placement exec)

• Lunch at Last School Stop

• Debrief in facility (What did you see? What did you learn? What career choices do you like?)

• Reinforcement exercise/Elevator Speech (How to tell your parents and friends about this experience)

December 7, 2013 Employer Trip: Oil and Gas Industry (Conoco/Phillips, Baker Hughes, Apache, Marathon, Halliburton)

• Breakfast/Orientation on the bus ride to the venue

• Presentation of ALL of the jobs that are needed to run the company PLUS Q&A (how much do these careers pay?)

• Tour of facility (Meet a various employees INCLUDING a VIP or two – autographs/photo ops)

• Lunch in Facility (corporate dining room, large conference room, etc.)

• Debrief in facility (What did you see? What did you learn? What career choices do you like?)

• Reinforcement exercise/Elevator Speech (How to tell your parents and friends about this experience)

January 18, 2014 Two-Year School Trip (HCC, Lone Star College)

• Breakfast/Orientation on the bus ride to the venues (at least 2 stops)

• Presentation of Most Popular of the degree/career options, requirements, and salaries

• Tour of facility (Meet a various employees INCLUDING admissions, a teacher and career placement exec)

• Lunch at Last School Stop

• Debrief in facility (What did you see? What did you learn? What majors/career choices do you like?)

• Reinforcement exercise/Elevator Speech (How to tell your parents and friends about this experience)

February 15, 2014 Employer Trip: Medical Center (Methodist, St. Luke’s, MD Anderson, Texas Children’s, etc.)

• Breakfast/Orientation on the bus ride to the Medical Center

• Presentation of ALL of the jobs that are needed to run a hospital PLUS Q&A (how much do these careers pay?)

• Tour of facility (Meet a various employees INCLUDING a VIP or two – autographs/photo ops)

• Lunch in Facility (Hospital dining room, large conference room, lecture hall, etc.)

• Debrief in facility (What did you see? What did you learn? What career choices do you like?)

• Reinforcement exercise/Elevator Speech (How to tell your parents and friends about this experience)

March 15, 2014 Four-Year University Trip (U or H, Rice, TSU, Houston Baptist, etc.)

• Breakfast/Orientation on the bus ride to the schools (at least 2 stops)

• Presentation of Most Popular of the degree/career options, requirements, and salaries

• Tour of facility (Meet various employees INCLUDING admissions, dorms, dining, recreation, stadiums)

• Lunch at Last School Stop

• Debrief in facility (What did you see? What did you learn? What majors/ career choices do you like?)

• Reinforcement exercise/Elevator Speech (How to tell your parents and friends about this experience)

April 12, 2014 T-2-4 Career Expo (“Dream Expo”)

• Exposition Hall Set Up: Booths, theme elements/backdrops, music, food, etc.

• Exhibitors: Employers and Schools from the field trips PLUS additional employers in most popular fields including real estate, retail, banking/finance, restaurants, transportation, law enforcement/security, military, recreation, home health, law, and government.

• T-2-4 Exhibit “Roads”: Exhibit hall is organized to place career booths near (or on the road to) the required T-2-4 schools

• Participants: SWAP kids and alumni, SBISD middle and high school students as selected by the district (this could expand in the future)

• Parents Track: Worships for parents on T-2-4 options, creating a learning environment at home, bridging the language barrier, keeping your kids on track to graduate, scholarship/financial aid options

• Kids/family Dream Festival: Jumpers, games, face painting, music, soccer, etc.

• Venue Options: Esperanza Campus, Spring Woods High School, Chapelwood, Large Venue near Spring Branch

• Sponsors: SBISD, Chapelwood, and additional corporate, civic, government, and non-profit partners

• Media Coverage: TV, Radio, Print/Online, Social Media, etc.

SWAP CLOSING

May 3rd SWAP Closing Celebration

• Breakfast

• Participate in Run for the Arts

• Celebration at Sky Zone or other fun venue

• SWAP Student Testimonials (What were the best moments of the year?)

• Filmed “Congratulations” from VIP’s we met along the way

• Certificates of Completion and SWAP Wristbands are awarded

• SWAP class of 2014 Student Speaker

• SWAP 2014 awards (attendance, leadership, scholarship, attitude/conduct, improvement, outstanding alumni, outstanding intern)

• SWAP Summer Internships are awarded (employers give paid 1-2 week internships to students who show an interest in their field)

• 5-minute Year-In-Review Video

• Luncheon with Speaker

• Recognition of SWAP leaders and volunteers (including a presentation from the

students)

• Closing Remarks