According to a recent study by the Civic Enterprises and the Everyone Graduates Center at the Johns Hopkins University, despite rising national graduation rates, low-income and minority students continue to lag behind their non-black and non-Hispanic peers in graduating from high school. Absenteeism, oftentimes fueled by single parent households and the need for young women to assist in the care for younger siblings, affects these statistics. And the Pell Institute recently released a report that while low income students are enrolled in college, the increase in the number of student leaving college without a degree is on the rise. Thus, the need for mentorship and guidance for these young people, especially young women, is greater than ever.
The program will include educational workshops, 1-1 lunches with mentors, group outings, and a regular mentor/mentee check in relationship to monitor progress. A record of activities between mentor and mentee will assist in assessing the effectiveness of the mentorship program.
The Diva Dream Kit is given to women who have maintained permanent housing for six months. Kits contain various new full-size beauty products, a journal, book mark, tea cup and tea, and bubble bath or shower essentials. Divas are invited to the office to discuss planning and goal setting projects. Kits provide additional encouragement for Divas to dream about the next positive stage in their lives. – Over 45 Diva Dream Kits delivered since the program began in 2014.
Embedded in our three-tiered approach and key to our overall programming is access to one full-year of free monthly skill-building classes and self-enhancement workshops. Through our partnerships with local housing agencies and emergency shelters, we invite women who are both housed and who are experiencing homelessness to participate in the following classes and workshops:
The primary at-risk demographic identified through the work of the C.H.A.M.P. Within Program are children aged 9-15 living in non-traditional households, primarily single-parent families. These families are identified or defined as families or households headed by one parent who has been divorced or widowed and not remarried and/or families headed by one parent who has never been married. It is important to note the results from numerous studies and census data available that the number of children across the United States in the at-risk target demographic varies when broken down into different subsets (i.e.: region of the U. S. , kids living in urban vs suburban, employed vs unemployed head of household, different races or ethnicities….). The C.H.A.M.P. Within Program will focus on the entire at-risk demographic in major markets; large metropolis area in regions of the U.S. where the at-risk target demographic is highest by census data.
According to data is cited by Legal Momentum, a qualified IRS 501 (c) (3) tax exempt organization working nationally to lead action for legal rights of women, the following statistics underscore the need for programs such as the C.H.A.M.P. Within Program.
– Single parenthood is very common in the United States. As recent as 2013, 28% of all children in the U.S. were living with a single parent. Half or more of today’s children will likely spend at least part of their childhood in a single parent family.
– Most single parents are single mothers. In 2013, 77% of single parents were single mothers and 85% of the children living with a single parent were living with their mother.
– IN 2013, 55% of the children living in single parent families were living with a parent who was separated, divorced, or widowed….45% were never married.
– The poverty rate for children in single parent families is TRIPLE the rate for children in two parent families. In 2012, 42% of children in single parent families were living in poverty. Child poverty linked to poor health and school dropout; to negative adult outcomes including joblessness and to reduced economic output estimated to be about 4% of the Gross Domestic Product.
As a result of the financial and societal pressures, below are just some of the social ill symptoms of children and adults living in a single parent environment:
The C.H.A.M.P. Within program is designed to introduce pre-teens, teens and adults living in single parent environments. It promotes a constructive way of thinking and powerful tools for personal assessment that will provide a foundation for success in their academic, work, and home life. This program focuses on 5 key areas of personal development and growth: Character, Happiness, Attitude, Mentality, and Purpose. It does this by giving a hands-on approach via practical exercises and a spiritually enriching learning experience. The implementation of the program is either at home or part of an after school program with individual and group exercises and projects. In this personal development work, participants are guided by a trained facilitator or accountability partner (e.g. a parent) who will bring clarity and offer challenging conversation to further underscore and enhance the personal development education process. This program aims to help pre-teens, teens, and adults become more accomplished in their personal lives and as a result, become more accomplished in their professional lives and contribute greatly to their communities.
It is a 5 week program that includes activities such as journaling, meditation exercises, visualization exercises, and community based activities. These internal and action-based tasks contribute to the support of healthy mental and emotional attitudes.
The overall goals of the C.H.A.M.P. Within program are to enable participants:
At the beginning (before the 5 week cycle commences) and at the end (immediately after completion of the 5 week cycle), participants are required to take pre and post assessments that have been developed in conjunction with licenses psychologists. These assessments will give a snapshot of the mental and emotional thoughts and viewpoints of the participants before and after engaging in the program. Facilitator status reports are required at the end of week 1, week 3, and week 5 of the program cycle. This enables regular auditing of the program from the facilitators vantage point and assists in determining the effectiveness of the program. At the end of week 5 and after post assessments have been administered, in order to reinforce the notion that rewards are granted for hard work and perseverance, a graduation ceremony that celebrates the positive changes and accomplishments of the participants is strongly encourage
In 2016, the Economic Policy Institute released a post that stated that there is strong evidence that unpaid interns struggle more than paid interns in the job market. To support this finding, data from The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Student Survey Report detailed that the job offer rate for interns who had a paid internship at a for-profit company was 72 percent, while unpaid interns only got job offers 44 percent of the time. To make matters worse, unpaid interns also received much lower salary offers.
The media and entertainment (M&E) industry in the United States is the largest in the world. Currently at $717 billion, it represents a third of the global M&E industry. This huge growth in media is no longer just reserved for the creation of motion pictures, television programs and commercials. Now it has grown to also encompass streaming content, music and audio recordings, broadcast, radio, book publishing, video games, and related services and products. The U.S. media industry is expected to reach more than $825 billion by 2023, according to the 2018-2023 Entertainment & Media Outlook by PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC).
Thus, there is a strong need to provide viable, paid internship opportunities to youth in an industry that is posed for substantial growth. By providing exposure to media related projects and fostering knowledge in this evolving industry, more young people, especially those from low-income backgrounds, can acquire the experience and knowledge they need to acquire much needed jobs and a better financial future.
This program provides a paid internship opportunity for teens and young adults to learn media related skills in TV and radio production. Targeting interns ages 18-25, this program will allow these youth the benefit of hands-on work, behind the scenes, to understand the various aspects of media production. Workshops and classes on various concepts will also be conducted to provide a well-rounded education and knowledge from real world experts, media correspondents, editors, and on-air personalities.
We will work in conjunction with local media studios to provide even further media related education and experiences. Speakers in the areas of TV, audio, and film production will share their experiences in creating various media properties. To help facilitate the hands-on experience, interns will be working primarily on our current media platforms in conjunction with BIBO Worldwide, LLC which produces the digital show, BIBO Weekly! and The B Zone radio show / podcast.
This program entails learning various aspects of TV and audio production including: