By Dr. Kim Marra Stephenson, AVID Teacher
Every AVID student has put together a very professional job application packet that includes:
- A cover letter
- A completed job application form
- A resume
- 2 letters of recommendation written by peers
The experience of writing the components of job applications, the discussions we’ve had along the way, and having these items on file will come in very handy when students actually apply for their first (or next) job, scholarship, internship, or school. We have also discussed the “Do’s and Do Not’s” of applying for a job and the most common reasons people and aren’t hired. We have started discussing common interview questions, how to turn weaknesses into positives in a job interview, and the types of questions they should prepare to ask the employer in an interview as well. In January, we will practice interviewing!
AVID also continues to support and practice good study habits through focused note taking, collaborative tutorials, and self-reflection.
The Poetry Out Loud Contest scheduled for today was postponed until the first week in January due to judge availability at the last minute.
Finally, more and more of our students are getting involved in the community through their service learning projects, solving problems that are important to them, whether they have to do with body image and mental health, pollution, homelessness, access to fresh food choices in schools, farmworker rights awareness, providing happy holidays for needy families, or working with special needs youth, shelter animals, or seniors. We collected a large box of gifts for Action VC for this month’s Community Christmas Shoppes. Our Buddy Break students have been trained and will be giving parents of special needs youth a morning of respite each month starting tomorrow. About 14 students have put together a calendar to walk 3 dogs for a woman in Hueneme who is recovering from hip surgery and hadn’t walked her “babies” for 3 months. So far, all of our groups have impressed the organizations and individuals with whom they are working. So proud!