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How KAPOW businesses benefit...

      brief_case2.gif (1394 bytes) KAPOW businesses are recognized for their corporate service and community responsibility.

     brief_case2.gif (1394 bytes) The company receives positive P.R. in the community.

      brief_case2.gif (1394 bytes) Volunteers develop their leadership and presentation skills.              

      brief_case2.gif (1394 bytes) Business volunteers develop an understanding of what children need to learn to be successful workers.

      brief_case2.gif (1394 bytes) Business volunteers are motivated about their jobs,  rejuvenated about their work for their company and develop an appreciation for the value of their own work.

      brief_case2.gif (1394 bytes) Business volunteers become better informed consumers of educational services as a result of their interaction with schools.

      brief_case2.gif (1394 bytes) Business volunteers become better citizens and parents because of their increased knowledge of schools.

      brief_case2.gif (1394 bytes) Business volunteers become better skilled workers.

Benefits to KAPOW schools...

      pencil.gif (1464 bytes) Schools form strong relationships with their business        partner(s).

      pencil.gif (1464 bytes) Schools create a bridge between the goals of education and employment.

      pencil.gif (1464 bytes) Schools, teachers and students develop an increased  understanding of how school and school subjects are connected to work.

      pencil.gif (1464 bytes) Teachers and students learn more about the types of jobs available in the community today and skills needed to hold those jobs.

      pencil.gif (1464 bytes) Students are introduced to employability skills and the world of work.

      pencil.gif (1464 bytes) Students have the idea reinforced that skills and work habits they learn in school apply to their future work.

      pencil.gif (1464 bytes) Students are exposed to a variety of jobs in the community.

      pencil.gif (1464 bytes) Teachers learn to view the classroom as their students’ workplace.

      pencil.gif (1464 bytes) Teachers gain increased respect and awareness for the work done in their partner company and in the community.

      pencil.gif (1464 bytes)  Teachers begin to link school and work by integrating the two into the core curriculum.

In the summer of 1994, the Center for Human Resources at Brandeis University’s Heller Graduate School began a two-year evaluation of the KAPOW program. Aside from the above listed benefits of the program, some highlights of the program can be summarized as follows:

KAPOW is achieving many of its intended results, including, in particular, providing an age appropriate introduction to school-to-career issue for elementary school children.

KAPOW has proven itself to be a viable elementary school level component for communities developing K-12 school to career activities.

KAPOW represents a unique elementary STW approach among elementary level business/education partnerships. KAPOW is well structured, has a comprehensive, written curricula and involves youth in a rich mix of career awareness activities.

The business and school partners in the participating sites have done a good job of implementing the model.

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