Job Prep is “Life Prep”

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We call it Job Prep. On the surface, the appeal for our kids is that Job Prep is about all things jobs: resumes, interview skills, summer job searches, job shadowing, even internships. But for the 22 intrepid members who committed to all 6 sessions and graduated with their special business cards and letter of reference, Future 5 Job Prep is so much more. It is about the all-important soft skills our young members will need to navigate life. Popular discussions include: How do you make a positive first impression (“you have only seven seconds” and “watch out for that dead fish handshake”)? What are the secrets to active listening? What goes into an effective, confident elevator pitch? How do you market yourself as a brand (“watch what you post on Facebook”)?

With help from our Job Prep Coaches – 12 amazing volunteers who lent us their time and real world experience each week – each of our students had opportunities to directly interact with new adult acquaintances and put newly acquired soft skills to the test.

Yes, Job Prep prepares Future 5 students for the job/career world in tangible ways, but it may be the intangibles we teach them that will serve them best in life. Job Prep is really “life prep.”

The Writing is on the Wall

_DSC0128Our seniors climbed the steps in droves in order to leave their mark. A once blank wall is now covered with students’ names and the colleges where they have been accepted. The Future 5 Pep Rally was a huge success and we now have the wall to prove it. The names that adorn our wall run the gamut from the University of Connecticut, to Iona, Manhattanville and University of VT, from Princeton, Norwalk Community College, Pace, Virginia Tech and Syracuse, Goucher, Seton Hall, New York University and Michigan State.

For many students, it was more than just a day to celebrate their acceptances. It was a day that they and their College Prep coaches have spent hours preparing for. Many of our Future 5 students will be the first person in their family to attend college, and for some, the first to graduate from high school.

Whether it is in Stamford, Chicago, New York, or Virginia, we know that our students will enter the college world with integrity, curiosity, and grit. The writing is on our wall.

Come visit Future 5 and see for yourself!

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