The Pathways to Success program is in its 21st year!
Members of the CHRA Board of Directors created "Pathways" in 1995. Managed by the Community Involvement Committee and funded through the Chesapeake HR Foundation, the objective of the program is to better prepare our youth for the transition from school to work or school to higher education. The program is comprised of six, 3-hour sessions spaced out across the school year beginning with an orientation session. Each one-day session is held at a different host organization from 8:30 to 1:30.
The session topics include:
- Habits for Successful Personhood
- Developing a Personal Mission Statement
- Work Cultures
- Getting a Job
- Skills and Behaviors for Job Success
- Money Management
The sessions are interactive and require introspection, creativity and participation. They work on such concepts as teamwork, interpersonal relations, communications, interviewing, collaboration and cooperation. One thing that makes "Pathways" unique is that the sessions are held in real world workplaces, not in the schools. By being in the host organizations, students are able to identify occupations of interest that perhaps they did not know or think about previously. The school principals, guidance counselors and faculty make it happen each school year by selecting the students to participate and allowing them the time to go to the program.
Ways you can participate and make a difference:
Instructors are needed to help teach and manage the training sessions.
By volunteering your organization to be a host, you can educate the students on what your organization does and what careers you have to offer.
School coordinators help the Community Involvement Committee manage the session process, schedule the transportation, act as the liaison with the school guidance counselor, and work with the instructor in logistics and planning for the session.
HOST ORGANIZATION COORDINATORS
Host coordinators recruit and schedule organizations to host the session for the students.
CHARITABLE DONATIONS - MAKE AN ONLINE CONTRIBUTION
Contact Mark Ostrowski , President CHRF Board , at 410.627.0505, or any member of the CHRF Board. Reminder: donations are tax deductible and used for the Pathways to Success Program, benefiting youth in the Baltimore area.
READY TO JOIN IN THE FUN?
Contact Brian Peters, Jr., CHRA's Director of Foundation & Community Involvement, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410.694.5410. Whatever level of time commitment you're comfortable with, we have a role for you.
What Pathways to Success Students are saying:
"I considered myself
lucky when I was chosen to be a member of the Pathways to Success
Program. This program has taught me that in order to change things around
you, you first have to change yourself. I always turned in the class work or
homework last because I was too busy talking with one of my classmates or
playing video games or anything that we fun besides my homework. Now, I have
taken a more drastic approach towards my school work and how important it is to
stay in school. I would highly recommend the Pathways to Success program to any
and every one and I hope it is still around for the next generation of children
and so on."
"Last school year I was in
Algebra 2 and I ended the school year with a C. This school year after I joined
the Pathways Program, I was put into pre-calculus with the same teacher
and my grade remains at an A or B. I wish I had been in it (the program)
a long time ago."
"What I really learned
and have taken away from this is to apply myself and be determined to go
after what I want in life. I have learned to apply myself when I want or need a
job. I have learned to carry myself in an appropriate manner, and what to do
say and answer when an interview is being conducted. I have leaned to be
determined and accomplish my goals in life."
"My work and study habits have
changed since I have joined the Pathways to Success. I am more pro-active than
reactive Being pro-active means that you are planning ahead and anticipating
problems. Being reactive means that you are waiting for problems to appear and
addressing them at the last minute. And there is a bigger chance you will not
even get the task done."
"I learned that it is important
to stay focused and to always try your best at everything you do. I learned
education is very important. I am very thankful to have this experience."