This outing focused on budgeting as well as overall financial education. We started off the outing with the students make a “Needs and Wants” list, prioritizing the items they spent money on as being essential or optional. Next, the students calculated their weekly budget by adding up the costs of the items on the list - it was nice to have the students be aware of how much they spent and see where they could potentially save money. In order to practice, students "planned a vacation" and were given a certain amount of money to spend on different activities for a trip. Since this was our last outing for the year, we tried to have fun with everyone one last time by playing Pictionary. The students are amazing artists! This outing included many real-life applications and was a great way to finish off the year.
This week's outing was focused on more resume building and interviewing skills. We had a brief introduction regarding the significance of resumes and continued on to a mini-workshop discussing appropriate attire and interview etiquette/demeanor. We performed some skits that the students really enjoyed; in general the class was very engaged and responsive to our activities. After a tiny break, we asked students to pair up with coaches and ask us interview questions to encourage them to think critically and creatively. With our spare time, we divided the class into two groups for a team competition involving task completion - each team would try to work together and complete as many tasks in a given time frame to earn as many points as possible. We ended the day with crossword puzzles and continued resume building.
This week was focused on soft skills, as well as a continuation of the resume building from last week. We sat down with the students and helped them realize their past work experiences as well as the skill sets they currently possess. It was a bit difficult but starting conversations with the students really got them to open up and talk more about their careers. We then discussed what jobs they were interested in applying to in the future. Our soft skills portion consisted of teamwork activities, including a water balloon relay race and building a tower made from spaghetti noodles and marshmallows. The students thoroughly enjoyed getting their hands dirty from the tower building exercise - it was a great start to the outing! Other outings this week also had an egg drop as a team-building activity. This upcoming weekend will be our annual StRIVE Field Day, which will take place at the San Diego Zoo so if you don't see us around, we'll probably be playing with the pandas.
Our focus this week was working on job applications. First, we held a workshop with the students to build/improve their resumes. This was difficult as many of our students struggled to communicate their previous job experiences. One of the students was not very verbal but was creative enough to show us his workplace through Google Maps (sponsor us), as well as where he went to school and answer other information about his job history. This activity was incredibly important and beneficial since many of the students didn't have resumes or had outdated ones. The teachers collected the work we did and plan to use it when the students apply to jobs in the future - fingers crossed! We did a brief job exploration activity in which the students learned how to use indeed.com (sponsor us), and search for jobs. To finish up, we had a quick networking activity in which we practiced shaking hands, making eye contact, introducing ourselves, and making small talk.