Scholars assess their skills and qualities as they set goals to maximize their potential with the assistance of advisers who help at every stage of planning to reach goals and enable personal empowerment. The Personal Development areas include the following:
- Progress Monitoring Meeting
- Extra-curricular Activity
- Character Education
- Weekend School
- Individual Test Practice / Tutoring
Progress Monitoring Meeting
Advisers meet with their scholars on regular basis to update previous weeks’ records on what the scholars have completed. Advisers should give scholars new goals for the upcoming weeks/month and plan future activities. There should be at least one week between two progress monitoring meetings; this can be conducted on an individual and/or group basis and can happen at any time, anywhere. Scholars cannot perform their progress monitoring with other advisers. A progress monitoring meeting should be at least 45 minutes if it is a group meeting.
- A group meeting at school.
- A group meeting out of school such as public library, McDonalds, Starbucks, etc.
- An individual meeting in school during lunch or after school.
- An individual meeting during scholar’s home visit with his/her parent(s).
Scholars can participate in any extra-curricular activities (Robotics, Math or Science Olympics, Spoken Word, Spelling Bee, Basketball Team…) as well as weekly clubs that are offered by the school. These activities can be school or community related team work and, should be led by a coach, teacher or supervisor.
- Language Club, Dance Club, NHS Club
- STEM Team, Robotics Team, Soccer Team
- Basketball player at any private team, club or society.
Character education is a teaching method which fosters the development of ethical and responsible individuals by teaching them about the good values that people should have. It teaches the students the values of caring about other people, honesty, responsibility, and other important traits that make for an upstanding young adult.
We will provide basic character education lessons and a task list for advisers. Advisers should discuss provided character education topics with their scholars and assign them proper tasks to complete or write a reflection about the topic.
A character education task/reflection with proof of completion.
Students are to engage in selecting books that are at the student’s appropriate reading level. A list of suggested books is provided to the students that they can choose to read. They can also read books that are required in English Language Arts class. The student will read the book and then complete a book report or they can provide an Accelerated Reader (AR) test score.
- Completed book from provided CYSP book list with AR test score.
- A book completion for English class with a proof of reading approved by class teacher.
- A completed book report.
The program requires weekend school for the 5th to 11th grades. Silver candidates must attend eight days and Gold candidates must attend twelve days. Weekend school is optional for bronze level students, but those students are more than welcome to attend. Weekend school can be organized by the school coordinator for the CYSP program or it can be organized by individual advisers. Weekend school should be 2 hours long in the middle school level and 3 hours long in the high school level. If scholars attend weekend schools at an outside organization/program, scholars must show proper verification.
- Saturday school organized by the school coordinator.
- Advance study course organized by an outside institution during weekends.
- Advance study course provided by individual advisers during weekends.
- Weekend Robotics, Science Fair or Language Contest prep in a group with teacher.
Individual Test Practice/Tutoring:
Scholars who attend regular after school tutoring for any subject can earn hours toward this goal. Advisers must keep up with in-school and out of school test prep progress. Tutoring sessions should at least be 45 minutes in length. If out of school tutoring is done, scholars must show proper verification.
- In-school and out of school individual tutoring with provided documentation.
- Outside tutoring – Kumon, Public library, Community organization etc.
- Tutoring sessions will also be offered during overnight (lock-in) activities.
- Individual test prep from an outside institution
- After school tutoring for any subject.
- Complete individual test prep at home.
- Workbook pages or packets given by adviser.
- Test prep websites such as Khan Academy, Measuring up, Study Island, IXL etc.
College and Career Readiness
Students in 12th grade will need to complete College and Career Readiness activities throughout the year. College and career readiness has become a major focus in American education. CYSP programs can provide more opportunities for students to learn about college and career options, explore these options through hands-on activities, and learn the skills required to be college and career ready.
- College Fair, FAFSA Nights, Senior Nights, Alumni Dinners.
- Senior-Alumni Picnics, Senior-Alumni Trips.
- Luncheon with Admin
College / Scholarship Applications
Scholars in 12th grade need to work closely with their college guidance counselor to reach College / Scholarship Application goals. In the climate of competitive admission, students need college guidance counselor’s help finalizing their lists of colleges they plan to apply. There is no magic number, but five to eight applications are usually recommended to ensure that a student is accepted into a suitable institution.
- College application meeting with college counselor.
- Scholarship application meeting with college counselor.