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3 Ways to Foster Learning During the Summer

»Posted by on Jun 21, 2016 in Career Education for High School Students, Learning and Education, U can B, Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Ways to Foster Learning During the Summer

According to the U.S. Department of Education, children can experience a learning loss equivalent to two months of math and reading skills during the summer months. More than half of the achievement gap between lower and higher income youth can possibly be explained by an unequal access of the children to summer learning opportunities. The temptations are great for children to spend hours watching television or playing video games. However, just because it is summer vacation doesn’t mean students’ brains need to take a vacation. “You don’t want your kids to think that learning is only something that happens in places called schools,” says Susan K. Perry, author of Playing Smart: The Family Guide to Enriching Offbeat Learning Activities for Ages 4-14. With some planning, the summer can be the best time for learning and building new skills. Here are a few ways to make the most out of the summer. 1. Webinars Geographic distances between learning institutions and students can often create a barrier for learning during the summer. With webinars, students get access to virtual classes from anywhere. Another great thing about webinars is that you can find ones on just about any topic. This means that students can learn more about the things that interest them, which makes learning during the summer feel like less of a chore. For students that are starting to look beyond high school, summer is also the perfect time to begin career development. This July, U can B is offering a number of work-related webinars that cover the following topics: Networking Using Social Media for Job Searching Using Linkedin for Job Hunting How to Create a Professional Online Brand 2. Reading Programs Reading is a great way to keep students’ minds active during the summer months. This doesn’t mean you have to spend a ton of money on books. Instead, find out if your public library is part of the Collaborative Summer Library Program. Public libraries in participating states purchase posters, reading logs, bookmarks, certificates and a variety of reading incentives that help engage kids and get them excited about reading. 3. Start a Garden A fun way to foster students’ education and personal development during the summer is through gardening. Not only does gardening help create generations of kids connected to their food, community, and planet, but it also develops valuable skills such as planning, math, and science. Check out the Kids Gardening website for lots of great ideas and resources on how to get started. There are plenty of ways to ensure students’ minds don’t go into hibernation this summer. Learning does not have to be a seasonal event; with the right methods, students can be excited about learning year round! Plan ahead and take advantage of technology as well as free programs that make learning...

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Clairton Highschool U can B March 2015

»Posted by on Mar 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Clairton Highschool U can B March 2015

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Coffee With Film Series – March 2015

»Posted by on Mar 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Coffee With Film Series – March 2015

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4 Traits you need to succeed as an Entrepreneur

»Posted by on Nov 14, 2014 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Traits you need to succeed as an Entrepreneur

Do you have what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur? You don’t need to come from any particular socio-economic background, possess a particular set of experiences, or even have a formal education. What will actually make you successful is having the right combination of personality traits. There are many common characteristics of successful entrepreneurs. Some people are born with them, some people learn to grow them, and some people focus on the ones they excel at, while working with partners that have the traits they’re missing. However you do it, these are four of the most important traits you will need as an entrepreneur. 1) Drive: What makes you get out of bed in the morning? What makes you truly excited to face the day ahead? Entrepreneurs know how to tap into that deep-seated source of energy each and every day…especially on the days when they’d rather not. With no one else standing over you telling you what to do with your day, you have to be the one to keep yourself motivated to work those long, hard, business owner’s hours. 2) Perseverance: There’s no such thing as an overnight success. There’s just people you haven’t heard of before they became successful. If you look into any successful entrepreneur’s history, you’re going to find a lot of long hours, failed attempts, returns to the drawing board, and building blocks, all leading to the “overnight” success. Can you keep going no matter how tough it gets? 3) Flexibility: The road to entrepreneurial success is a long and convoluted one, and you’re not always going to get there in the way you planned to. Markets change, technology changes, customers change, employees change, and you need to change too. What earned you success five years ago, a year ago, or sometimes even yesterday, is not going to earn you success now. Failure is a constant companion on this journey, and you have to be prepared to learn from it, adapt, and bounce back quickly. You need to be flexible enough to manage all these changing conditions and continually supply your customers with something they’ve got to have. 4) Vision: Entrepreneurs are noted for their dedication to a personal vision that not only guides the creation of a product or service, but is so exciting and well-communicated that it inspires others to dedicate themselves to it too. Are you the kind of person who can find a vision like this, share it with others, and stay true to it, in the face of hard work and failed efforts? If so, you might not only have what it takes to keep your company on track, but to inspire your customers to take part in your story, and buy. These are just some of the key traits of successful entrepreneurs. Do you recognize them in yourself? Where can you strengthen them? Can you think of other traits entrepreneurs need? We’d love to hear your...

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U can B – Speakers go to Keystone Oaks + schools from across the Region

»Posted by on Oct 28, 2014 in Business Plan, Financial, Keystone Oaks, Uncategorized | Comments Off on U can B – Speakers go to Keystone Oaks + schools from across the Region

The Program U can B is an in school program that provides career exposure and awareness in the Pittsburgh region. Part of the Building Bridges program, founded in 2010, the U can B program provides • Proprietary curriculum • Educational Film series Coffee With ™ now on CBS/KDKA digital • In school in person interactive discussions with business and region leaders • Power Trips to locations – Google Pittsburgh, City Hall, Energy Innovation Center and CBS • Virtual Career Coaching Schools and educational entities may either engage their own school faculty or work with Building Bridges to teach 9th – 12th graders on topics of • Career choices • Entrepreneurship • Business • Finance • Politics This program has resulted in students • Learning about career options that were not presented previously. • Having a clearly defined career they want to pursue. • Gaining experience and being exposed to curriculum and opportunities they would not have been exposed to. Curriculum Overview The 2013/2014 school year pilot was launched at Keystone Oaks School. The program is a 24 week program. Classes are taught on a weekly basis. Subject matter includes entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial passion exercise, components of business plans, and ways to create a business. This curriculum was augmented with Coffee With videos and in school in person discussions with experts focused on arts and music, business, and politics. The school year concluded with a Power Trip to City Hall to meet the Mayor of Pittsburgh and two city council members....

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5 Steps to create Business Growth

»Posted by on Sep 30, 2014 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 5 Steps to create Business Growth

5 Steps to Create Business Growth Creating business growth takes consistent planning and strategy. This can be achieved through business education, regular professional business development and presentations of business events. Implement the 5 Steps to create Business Growth and make your business thrive! 1. Education For Business Sake Business Education should be accepted as a lifelong opportunity for focusing on business trends and curves. By maintaining an attitude of continuous education, opportunities to seek out the most advantageous additional courses provide the extra edge for business growth. 2. Professional Development Professional business development ranks among the necessary elements for business growth. Professional development requires marketing, sales, management, staffing and executive skills. Achieving the rank of professional isn’t just a matter of title. Development at each phase of business determines the quality of professionalism of the individual. 3. Business Events That Affect Business Growth The business professional seeking optimum business growth employs a give and take attitude toward events that help their businesses. It’s as important to present an event as it is to take part in events. This is the basic structure of networking. Surrounding your business with a beneficial network helps grow business stature. 4. To Grow Your Business Today’s webinars and seminars fill a particular gap that links direct offline events and business presentations with the internet world. For businesses, this is an unparalleled opportunity for growth. The hi-tech world can be a catalyst for advancing business image as well as name recognition, branding and ranking. Creating linked business webinars and seminars produces a well-structured microcosm of vested target markets. The links between webinars and seminars should be seamlessly woven to create an overlapping flow of interest and awareness of the specific business. This is also true for patrons attending webinars and seminars. Thus, the “give and take” attitude becomes the operative for giving patrons a direct link online and off while the business takes in a higher rate of growth. 5. Educate, Develop, Grow Present webinars and seminars with a professional style and content. Contrast this by attending webinars and seminars that focus on educating, developing and growing your business. These may contain new ideas for management structure, creating cohesive team embodiment and financial and economic guidelines as well as current compliance regulations relating to business operations. A tightly knit program of webinars and seminars for patrons and businesses offering them are essential for business growth. Creating business growth takes planning and strategy. By following these 5 Steps to create Business Growth, hopefully you will be well on your way to...

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