Parents are considered to be a critical part of their children’s success in school, as well as career choices. When it comes to education and careers, often parents are misinformed or not informed about the various opportunities that children need exposure to in order to be adequately prepared to participate in the future workforce. The purpose of the Parenthinars is to help parents understand the critical roles that each plays. Parents will be provided resources that will help them become more knowledgeable in existing educational and marketplace trends while serving as a source of support and guidance in the lives of their children. In addition, parents will be exposed to “The 12 Love Expressions Between Parents and Children”. Parenthinars will be hosted by various local and non-local professionals.
Youthinars will be provided in a variety of formats to engage youth in success building activities in regards to academics, self-awareness, and social issues of concern. Youthinars will be hosted by the YKOA staff and local professionals. Youthinars will include, but is not limited to:
- Youth Night Lock-in
- Panel Discussions
Tours and visits will be provided to enhance the educational development of all students. Planned tours/visits include, but is not limited to:
- GM plant Arlington, Texas
- The University of Texas at Tyler
- The Ross Perot Museum of Nature and Science Dallas, Texas
- Washington, D.C. (Smithsonian and other notable museums/monuments)
Mentoring and Job Shadowing
Job shadowing provides students an opportunity to gain a clear vision of the professional environment. Students will have an opportunity to learn the skills and knowledge that are required of professionals to accomplish tasks in the workplace. Before the commencement of the job shadowing opportunity, students would have been assigned a mentor based on the results of their career interest survey and interview with a Youth Keepers of America Inc. staff member.
Youth Keepers of America Inc. will provide student workshops designed to promote academic, personal-social, and career success. Workshops will include topics and activities that focus on 21st century skills such as collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and the use of technology.
- Discovering Artificial Intelligence
- Lyrical Solutions: Personal challenges that students face
- Health and Fitness Camp (parent and child)
- Compassion for our Community (parent and child community service projects)
- Etiquette and Ethics: Making Good Decisions and Minding Your Manners