I recently had the privilege to connect with Karen Monaco, a teacher for a local school district and advisor for the Big Picture Program during a local independent shop owner meeting. This national program puts students at the center of their own learning through “leave to learn” internships and shadowing at local businesses. If you’re not involved with education, this is your wake-up call to get started. All it takes is a phone call. My goal is that this episode shows you the way to engage our young people in our industry.
Karen Monaco, Big Picture Advisor and ELA Teacher, Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District
Key Talking Points
The Big Picture Program started 20 years ago, it is a national program bigpicture.org
90 students grade level 8th-12th. 15 kids per advisor- teaching real word learning through internships
More than half of students don’t know what they want to do next
Interest inventory- visiting different places/jobs/parks, “leaving to learn”
Most high schools will have some type of internship program/connection to the trades. Email the guidance office, go into school and speak to the students (zoom call too). Explain what a day-to-day looks like at your business.
Shadowing- 1 student for 1 day
Internship for Karen's school district- Tuesdays and Thursdays 9 am-1 pm, 6-8 week commitment
Soft skills - address an envelope, write a check, dress code, sign name, tell time on an analog clock, resume building
Insurance policy for students to eliminate risk when they go to businesses
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