Review of Jah Kente International Project-based Curriculum for the Mayor Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program Ages 14 - 24 Getting Ready for the World of Work.
Jah Kente serves youths from 14-18.
Technical Skills Students will acquire the knowledge and skills to prepare resumes and job applications; develop personal stands; demonstrate standards in value clarification in making informed choices that lead to adaptive living and personal development; conduct job search; apply interview techniques and timely follow-up; professional and appropriate attire to reflect the respective occupations and work environment.
Financial literacy: Students will acquire the knowledge, concepts, and skills necessary for basic personal financial management. These include principles of earning, spending, saving, and credit, and balancing a check book. The competencies have proven to have direct impacts on making sound financial decisions.
Non-Technical or Soft Skills: Non technical skills are interpersonal skills. They include: communication skills; leadership skills; team-work or team building skills; decision-making skills; and situation-awarenessskills,Communication and Conflict Resolution Skills Problem Solving Skills; Critical Thinking Skills; Self-Direction; Personal Qualities and Work Ethics; Time Management; Workplace Etiquette that are essential to adapt and function in a work environment.
Grace After Work: Mister and Miss Etiquette Good manners, hospitality, civility, and cooperation have dismally dwindled with the rise of technology, inter-personal communication, and the erosion traditional values. No matter how brilliant, attractive, powerful, or influential a person is, according to the authors of "Better than Beauty: A Guide to Charm," none of these will prevent a person from alienating and unflattering reputations of being rude, aloof, self-obsessed, boorish, manipulative, deceitful, or insensitive to the feelings of others, and to be avoided, including in the community where he or she lives.
A holistic development with refined demeanor is still an invaluable attribute in successful interactions. Socio-emotional intelligence fosters a balanced life outside work but with positive and refreshing influence on work life. Each week will close with learners coming together to model etiquette, manners, and courtesies reflected across cultural norms and appreciated throughout the world.
STUDENTS CAN CHOOSE ONE OF THE SECTORAL PROGRAMS:
Creative Writing CREATIVE WRITING: COURSE SUPERVISOR: ELSIE WILLIAMS, PhD Course Overview: Students create original essays, poems, and short stories in this course, which uses two textbooks and focuses on the four-step process writing model. They read professionally written forms of creative writing as models and then integrate their impressions of these works with their personal life experiences as they compose their own writing projects. Students are encouraged to write about topics they find engaging as they practice writing on the following themes: narration, definition, process analysis, cause and effect, and comparison/contrast. After students turn in each assignment, the teacher supplies detailed suggestions for revision. This feedback helps students learn how to improve their self-expression and self-editing skills.
International and Foreign Service Students will learn and simulate essential skills and experiences in pursuing international and diplomatic related careers – from desired academic qualifications and language skills; core American values overseas; cherished norms and values in other cultures; ability to nurture relationships, understanding the basis and values of other cultures; partnerships; to peaceful coextensive using historic and contemporary examples. Students will interface with former and current diplomats at the ranks of Ambassador and Cultural Attaché, and undertake working visits with Embassies.
Agriculture and the Environment The environmental impact of agriculture varies based on the wide range of agricultural practices. Some of the environmental issues that are related to agriculture are climate change, deforestation, genetic engineering, irrigation problems, pollutants, soil degradation, and waste. Our young learners interested in the field will understand and address the state of their local environment as well as similar issues faced at the national and international level, and their relationship to food, including ethnic crops; water supplies; workforce theories and practices that are considered “environmentally friendly,” and the potentials in related career choices. Project-based learning will include cultivating a community garden; analyzing the soil and garden; environmental communications as well as ecological monitoring with content analysis on rivers and streams; and conducting weatherization or insulation project.
The Culinary Artist and Theme Based Decor Culinary Arts is related to cuisine arts of food preparation, cooking, and presentation of food, usually in the form of meals. This will include lessons on food migration and the gastronomy- the relationship between food and culture. Learners will acquire career-related skills through practice in becoming in a baking and pastry chef; executive chef; personal chef; wine sommeliers - trained and knowledgeable in all aspects of wine service as well as wine and food pairing; a caterer; a skilled decorator that applies coordinated visual designs centered around a topic or idea.
Textile Arts and the Tiefing Salon Textiles surround us and have been a fundamental part of human life since the beginning of civilization. We wear them, sleep on them, and use them to decorate our homes and work places. But who designs them? Students will acquire the knowledge, concept, and skills of textile designer who creates patterns and designs for printed, knitted and woven fabrics made of natural and man-made fibers. He or she chooses which textile fibers to use and what patterns. This career path is creative, collaborative, and the designer has to be constantly aware of changing trends in color and style. He or she has to be able to work within deadlines.
The Tiefing Salon refers to the creativity of the Founder of Jah Kente International, Rufus Tiefing Stevenson, a curator, former United States Diplomat, and Peace Corps Volunteer in Africa who donates his rich collections of textiles for community educational purposes.
Information Communication Technology In today’s world, children are practically born into a society powered by Information Communication Technology (ICT) that can help turn mundane tasks into marvelous work experience and discovery. Learners will acquire skills in the use of computer hardware, software, and other forms of technology with emphasis on how technology is applied to perform tasks in new, effective, and efficient ways.
As a career choice, learners will be introduced to the variety of ICT related jobs and their essential roles. These include planning, researching, installing and monitoring the performance of IT systems, to exceptional problem solving and analytical abilities to diagnose and repair defects or malfunctions. Students will be able to design a website; develop technology assistance program; or build and exhibit robotic, electrical, or technological products.
Law and Evidence Learners will spend an exploratory six weeks that place them on the path of a career choice in law or crime scene investigation. They would use this hands-on opportunity to learn from, and interact on subject matter with, experts in order to gain insights and be encouraged to fully realize their innate ability and potential that can be nurtured for a career in the legal field.
Lessons will include:
Criminal trial simulation: Students will master courtroom techniques – from preparing and examining witnesses to crafting and delivering a closing statement.
Law school visit: Students will gain insights on what law school is like from admissions officers and current students.
Corporate law (also known as business law): Students will master basic facts about rights, relations, and conduct of persons, companies, organizations and businesses.
Civil rights laws: Students will acquire knowledge and concepts relating to the rights of individuals to receive equal treatment and protection from discrimination in a number of settings, including education, employment, housing, lending, voting, and more.
Guest speakers: Students will interface wit trial, jury, forensic and legal experts from reputable law firms to get answers to their questions on what holds in the legal field.
Modelling With Realism Modeling and acting are co-related. Modeling is believed to exist in the world of glitz, glamour, fame and some fortune with paved ways into acting. But the knowing realities are fundamental for preparation in this industry.
Models pose for artists, photographers, and other clients to help advertise products and work in a variety of conditions, from comfortable indoor studios and runway fashion shows to outdoors in all weather conditions in several different types of settings and environments.Hair models work with photographers, hairstylists, hair care product companies and magazines to physically display the latest products, styles and fashions in hair.
Most models work part time and have unpredictable work schedules and disappointments arise with periods of frequent unemployment, partly due to the fact that companies can now promote their products and brands directly to consumers.
Students with the passion and interests in modeling will acquire knowledge, concepts, and skills, and demonstrate same on: What Is Fashion Modeling? What Does a Fashion Model Do? What Are the Different Types of Modeling? Model Education & Training Requirements; Model Salary & Job Outlook. Pitfalls to Avoid. A City Fashion Show of different types of modeling will be a summation of Summer Learning.