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TEAMS program in Scotts Bluff County NE


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TEAMS (Together Everyone Achieves More Success) is designed to improve middle-school and high-school students' chances of staying in school, graduating, and attending college. It is a partnership between UNL Extension, Western Nebraska Community College, and the Minatare and Scottsbluff School Districts.

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TEAMS program in Scotts Bluff County NE

  1. 1. Importance of the TEAMS Project • 6,300 students in NE dropped out of school in 2010 • 29 students per day drop-out of high school in NE • According to a Northeastern University study drop- outs are • Less likely to work • Need social services such as welfare and Medicaid • 2 times more likely to commit crimes and end up in prison • Children from low income families are 6 times more likely to drop-out of school • It costs about $9,000 per year to educate a child in school, and it costs $58,000 per year to keep a youth in a youth detention center. • that one high school dropout costs $260,000 per year in loss of earnings, taxes and productivity?
  2. 2. Goals of the Project • To provide resources to youth and families • To promote development of basic skills for school and home • To build skills and competencies for academic and career success • Encourage students to complete high school and continue with further education • To expose students and their parents to the college atmosphere • To provide a high school buddy for the student
  3. 3. Selection Process • 7th & 8th grade students • Must have and maintain a C average • Show potential for further education. • First generational college bound • Economic status • Recommended by counselor, teachers, or principal
  4. 4. Activities Portfolios Nutrition Career Treasure Hunt Teambuilding Critical Thinking Activities are done with the 7th and 8th graders once a week, 9th, 10th 11th graders once a month, and seniors on an individual basis. Careers Leadership
  5. 5. Communication Problem Solving Character BuildingCitizenship Teamwork 7th – self-awareness, goal setting, decision making healthy lifestyle 8th – leadership, career exploration 9th- skills for success, Job shadowing 10th, 11th college application, resumes, scholarships, essays 12th – Individual help with furthering education
  6. 6. Mentors 7th , 8th, 9th graders have 10th, 11th, and 12th, grade mentors to help them transition from the middle school to high school. They meet once a month and do activities together. Mentors are a support for their mentees. Mentors volunteer their time to help a younger student and to be a role model. Mentors receive training in building ASSETS, diversity, dealing with problems that may be encountered, and working with different personalities.
  7. 7. Get Acquainted Picnic Families enjoy a potluck dinner and participate in “minute to win it” games to get acquainted
  8. 8. Family Nights Family night is held once a month for 7th and 8th graders and 5 times during the year for 9th, 10th and 11th graders. Families of 7th and 8th graders focus on what is taught their children in class. Families of 9th graders focus on success in high school. Families of 10th and 11th graders focus on the “Road to Higher Education.”
  9. 9. Siblings Siblings of students attend with their families. These students are in classes and taught by Introduction to Education students from Western NE Community College.
  10. 10. Family Activities During the month, families are required to do activities. These activities range from helping others, cooking, doing an outdoor activity, playing board games to creating a family tradition.
  11. 11. WNCC Career Exploration • Power Lineman • Aviation • Cosmotology Students take a trip to the WNCC campuses so that they can become more familiar with our community college and what is available here in the Panhandle. They also participate in the KnowHow 2Go to College Event.
  12. 12. Super Saturdays Students and their families attend a Super Saturday once a month. They go to sporting events, a concert, Harms Discovery Lab, Meet the Cougar Night, student panel discussion, career and college presentation and a multicultural fair. Families become more comfortable in the college atmosphere.
  13. 13. University of NE Trip In the last year of the program, students attend a symposium at the University of NE. They are exposed to a university campus so that they can see if a university is where they would like to further their education.
  14. 14. Job Shadowing Prosthetics Athletic Trainer Graphic Designer Horticulture Forensics Sign Language Instructor Cosmetologist Nurse Practitioner Ninth graders have a job shadowing experience in a career that is of interest to them. The students find job shadowing valuable because it helps them decide a career.
  15. 15. Community Service Giving back to the community is an important lesson for students to learn. Here students have a game night at the local veterans home. The students wanted to give back to the veterans who had sacrificed for them.
  16. 16. Educational Field Trip Students accumulate points by attending school, keeping their grades up, attending TEAMS class, family meetings, Super Saturday, completing homework, and doing family activities. If they have enough points, they are eligible to go on the trip. Archeological site – S. D. Candy Factory - Denver Casa Bonita - Denver X-treme Challenge Denver Zoo I Max Theater – Denver Museum Boondocks - Denver
  17. 17. 2014 Groups Scottsbluff – 7th graders Scottsbluff – 8th graders Minatare – 8th graders Minatare – 11th graders Minatare – 9th graders Not Pictured Scottsbluff – 9th graders Scottsbluff – 10th graders Scottsbluff – 11th & 12 graders Minatare – 10th graders
  18. 18. IMPACT OF TEAMS Year 2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 Students 15 29 51 59 73 Parents 18 35 65 87 100 Siblings 11 30 44 61 77 Introduction to Education Students 10 12 16 20 10 1st semester High School Mentors 23 39 45 51 49 Next year, the 2010-2011 students will have graduated. We will be adding from 16 to 20 new 7th and 8th graders.