As the students of the Generation A program matriculate from middle school into their junior and senior years, it’s important that LIFE provides relevant opportunities to keep them engaged in the life long journey that is financial literacy. While in middle school, the students learned entrepreneurship principles able to be practiced among their peers. They developed business plans, implemented marketing strategies to distribute their goods, and practiced using financial statements in tandem.
They are earning now, and we want to provide an avenue for them to receive on-the-job training that leads to industry recognized credentials. The options they have currently are the LIFE Tech and LIFE Build programs. The IT and carpentry instructors have assisted individuals receive certifications in their respective programs and we want to continue that success by creating opportunities for the youth to get engaged. The other registered apprenticeship program that is still new and awaiting it’s first pupil will be structured as a social enterprise offering discounted labor to elderly, military, and disabled individuals for training purposes.
In the upcoming year, we will establish an organic market garden pre-apprenticeship which will provide the youth with insight on farm business planning, crop and compost management, tractor safety and maintenance, small engine repair, integrated pest management, and greenhouse management. They will be able to work with people throughout the community to see how partnerships help a garden thrive. We believe learning how to serve is a part of the preparation needed for post-secondary success so serving the broader community is an important aspect of the work.
Our youth department received a brief shot in the arm by two interns from the Stephen F. Austin State University's School of Social Work. They assisted in creating a foundation for the development of our youth friendly curriculum through a learning management system called Thinkific.
In the past, this system has been underutilized by our organization. With the help of our interns, that will change. Our staff has renewed our commitment to maximizing the utility this software has to offer.
We have begun recreating our adult content utilizing AI avatars! We will then recreate sections from that course and recreate it in a much more kid friendly way.
Please be patient as we will share access to this content once it is developed. We hope to complete it by the end of this calendar year.
In our last report, we shared with you that one of the meaningful partnerships we were pursuing had come to fruition. We announced that we had begun a relationship with the Embrace It program titled "Brunch with Brothers". That relationship is continuing to show promise and progress.
For this report, we are also proud to announce that for this school semester, Legacy Institute has established a three-way partnership with the Stephen F. Austin State University's School of Social Work and Wells ISD in Wells, TX. We will be establishing a program tailored toward rural communities who have need of career focused training. We will receive social work interns who will work to establish this unique program. Wells ISD is a perfect location because of the low student population which would facilitate a higher level of impact.
Stay tuned as we will have more to add once the school year kicks off!
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