In 2019, 20% of youth ages 16-24 in Douglas County were not in school or working. Comparatively, it is almost double the rate of the state of Oregon as a whole, which was 11.6% in 2019. Over the past 4 years, these rates have remained relatively the same. We believe BrightWorks Clubs can be part of the solution by helping students graduate from high school empowered and excited for what their futures hold.
With every activity we aim to help students answer these questions:
What do I like?
What am I good at?
What do I need to succeed?
How do I get where I want to go?
What is BrightWorks Clubs?
A virtual club where students can socialize while exploring careers, learning about different educational pathways, leading their own projects and developing skills for life after graduation!
Our initial meetings will primarily focus on relationship building. COVID-19 has been difficult for everyone. To help relieve some of this burden, BrightWorks Clubs will also provide a safe space where youth can come to socialize and take their minds off of the stresses in their lives. After 3 weeks of relationship building, we will start our curriculum which is broken down into five units:
Education to career paths
Within each unit, we have left one week where students will select a topic within the unit theme that they want us to cover. Intermingled with weekly meetings, we will also have optional workshops for students to attend. To the right, we have provided a more detailed program schedule and a sample list of topics we may cover. Ultimately, the students will decide which workshops we will offer.
In addition, students will be completing their own project which they can present to family, friends, and community members. For their project, they will continue to engage in career exploration by selecting one occupation and answering the question, "If I was ___, how would I become involved in my community?" Our goal is that students will begin to envision their future while becoming engaged in their community.