Welcome back! Summer is officially over and K.O.C. is back to work! Our students may have had it easy, but we haven’t been so lucky - we’ve been busy the past few months with setting up our first crowdfunding campaign and our annual Back to School Event. The year is off to a fast start, and we’re so happy that you’re going to be involved!
First and foremost, we are excited to tell you about our first ever crowdfunding campaign. This year we expanded into our third year at Booker T. Washington High School and our second year at Miami Senior High School, and we’re ready to continue expanding over the next year, but we can’t do it without your help! With every donation we are moving closer to our goal of $20,000, which may seem lofty, but we’ve just confirmed with one of our donors that they will be MATCHING the next $5,000 donated! So if you haven’t donated yet, do so quick and you donation will be doubled at no cost to you!
With our new year starting we will be having our annual Back to School event in the next few weeks and would love for you to join us. We always look forward to the beginning of the new school year with excitement, and can’t wait to ring it in with all of our staff members and friends, as well as some of our students and their parents. Join us for drinks, snacks, conversation and fun as we welcome in the newest year of K.O.C. operations.
It’s been another long summer but we’re back and better than ever! Please continue to support us over the next year to help our youth reach their potential!
If you would like to donate to the fundraising campaign, or lead your own fundraising team, please click on the following link:
The start of a new year is always cause for celebration, especially because we have a new class of students coming in! Our new freshman class is bigger and brighter than ever before, and will have more adept guidance from the classes above them. Additionally, those upper level K.O.C. classes will be progressing into more duties and responsibilities as the course moves forwards.
Two years ago we started Knowledge of Careers with a modest class of 20 motivated students at Booker T. Washington High School. Last year we expanded to Miami Senior High, where our class was composed of 10 students on top of the 30 at Booker T.. This coming year, between the two campuses, our K.O.C. student body will be composed of over 150 students! Our new freshmen will be bringing new ideas and passions to K.O.C., which will develop into Community Impact Projects and internships as they rise through the Knowledge of Careers ranks. We’re excited to meet them and see what they are looking forward to learning about!
Our class from last year was driven and dedicated to their studies and success within K.O.C.. Because of that, we’re proud to announce that 12 students from the last year have graduated and become our second Ambassador class. These students have already met a number of times and have begun brainstorming their Community Impact Projects, with subjects of focus ranging from gentrification to police brutality to homelessness and drug addiction. These students are motivated to make these projects successful, and are insightful in their methods of researching and implementing them.
Our Ambassador class from last year made astounding strides in their Community Impact Projects and professional skills development, and are ready to progress into their third year with K.O.C. as Managers. Their projects will continue throughout this year and next, but will be building out and improving as they make more connections and steps forward in their businesses. Additionally, they will be beginning their free SAT and ACT courses, which will prepare them for the content in the exams as well as teach them the strategies necessary for success. In conjunction with the exams, we will be providing the Managers with college application preparation, and may take some college campus visits with our students. As they progress towards choosing which colleges and universities they want to apply to, or which subjects they want to major in, we will be by their side with experts, providing as much assistance as possible along the way.
While most students spent the summer relaxing and taking a break from the stress of schoolwork, K.O.C. Ambassadors committed their summer months to working paid internships. In order for K.O.C. sophomores, also known as Ambassadors, progress into their junior year as Managers, they must have some industry-specific work experience, which we hlp provide to them. These industries ranged as widely as the interests of our Ambassadors do, and as such there has been a diverse influx of new ideas and inspirations into our Manager class.
Some of our Ambassadors worked together on programs surrounding architecture and engineering at Moonlighter Miami, a co-working space focused on fabrication and creation. From 3D printing to laser cutting, our Ambassadors had firsthand exposure to the cutting edge of design and product production. Moonlighter puts an emphasis on a STEAM-based (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) education for high schoolers and how such background can grow into professional and academic successes.
Deepening the experiences with technology, other Ambassadors spent their summer working for increasingly online-specific businesses. A number of students worked in the field of Digital Marketing, learning the methodology behind online advertisements, social media campaigns, and market engagement. Through studying about demographics and ways to target them for advertising, all of our Ambassadors in the field earned a baseline-level certification in digital marketing!
Additionally, we had an Ambassador focus their efforts this summer with PomDocs, a telemedicine company focused on providing medical evaluations, consultations, diagnostics, and treatment plans through an online conferencing platform. Specialized in pediatrics, PomDocs allows patients and their parents to attend check-ups and appointments with their doctors from home, whether that be nearby or in another country!. Our Ambassador working in the field learned about all the legal restrictions surrounding telemedicine regarding privacy and payment, and hopes to use it to develop their own Community Impact Project further.
Continuing the health trend, our Ambassador Donna spent the summer shadowing the pediatric department at University of Miami Hospital. Between pediatrics and pediatric surgery, she enjoyed a full-spectrum exposure to the many steps and intricacies involved in a patient’s care. Donna is committed to a career in medicine and found this initial experience invaluable in developing an in-depth knowledge base on the field.
Taking up a timely topic, Richard V. Reeves of the Brookings Institute asks us to rethink the goals behind Take Your Kids to Work Day. What if it was renamed Take Our Kids to Work Day? On this day, professionals would take kids who are not regularly exposed to interesting and compelling careers into the office with them. Rather than focusing exclusively on our own children, Take Our Kids to Work Day would provide an opportunity to introduce kids to professions that would otherwise remain invisible to them, and therefore beyond their young ambitions.
As the school continues our freshman class at Booker T. Washington High School continues to have engaging presentations from a variety of professionals. Our last series of presentations have covered disciplines from all walks of life, professions, and academics, and have given our students an experienced outlook into the working world.
The past few weeks have been filled with some great presentations for our first freshman class at Miami Senior High School. Our students have been learning about law, education, digitl marketing, and even geology. As the weeks pass new topics and ideas are being introduced, and our students are learning more about new professional possibilities.