JOHN F. KENNEDY HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAM BLOG
Jacqueline, a young woman from Nepal, was elected President of the group this spring. Check out her blog about the program at Kennedy High School below!
3/13/2012: Enlightening students about scholarship and holding elections were the two major events covered today. Mr. Julian started off by introducing about the various scholarship opportunities that were opened up according to the grade level. Pizza and juice served us as a quick appetizer for all. Next, a guest speaker from The Herb Block Foundation informed us about their scholarship program and targeted goals. She guided us through the application process and clarified that it mainly focused on high school seniors; freshmen, sophomores and juniors were equally encouraged to participate in future. Later, elections ruled over the room. Interested candidates, according to specific posts, presented their speech and rest of the students voted for their preferred nominee. As a result Jacqueline stood as the president, Ingrid the vice-president and Immaculate as the secretary. For the remainder of time, we all enjoyed playing Loop the Hoop.
03/15/2012: A resume makes your personality stand as an open book where people can read the pages of your achievement. A good resume opens doors for brighter possibilities so we all worked on sketching our accomplishments today. With guidance from Mr. Julian and MS. Benitez , students started improvising their resumes on a rough draft. They were instructed to add up all the activities they have done so far that will help them stand out. In the following days, students shall add up more information about future achievements in their resumes
03/22/2012: Today’s guest speaker, Ms. Kennedy, from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) informed the students about the organization which is a section of the US Department of Homeland Security working with its sister organizations – CBP and ICE. First, she told us about the legal and illegal ways immigrants enter the US. Then Ms. Kennedy talked about various types of visas, green card, the criteria required for permanent residency, and refugees. Next, students cleared their doubts and curiosity by asking questions. With our cheerful and enthusiastic spirits, we spent rest of the time period playing “Move if” which was a fun group game.
03/27/2012: What is it like when life takes a new turn towards college after high school graduation? Does social life and studies clash into time management issues? Such curiosities arise for all students who plan to attend college in future. Today’s guest speaker was a former graduate from Kennedy high school itself. She answered all the questions we had about college life. Scholarships stand crucial for students going to college. Mr. Julian informed us about the on going scholarship opportunities that we all could benefit from . So today everything revolved around one’s future education.
03/28/2012: Is a four year degree better than an associate degree? Students are quite confused on deciding what path to pursue after graduation. Today we went to New Futures career fair where we had one to one interaction with the representatives of participating colleges and schools. Information about various fields of degree like medical, cosmetology, paralegal, culinary, mechanical/automotive, and computer technology was provided to us by the council. It was worth visiting the fair because we got to know that associate degrees provides a strong base for further career just like four year university does.
03/29/2012: Today’s guest speaker from Year Up enlightened the students about the organization which is mainly focused on Information Technology. “CLOSE THE OPPORTUNITY DIVIDE, AND NEW DOORS OPEN” the motto of Year Up flourishes the strong motivation of the institution. It’s a nonprofit organization whose mission is to uplift the professional and educational level of young adults with skills and experience. We got to see a video clip where students were featured and how their opportunities got boosted thanks to Year Up. In the end, we all were well informed about the program.