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Our Programs

Leadership Seminar

"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." - John Quincy Adams

The notion of leadership is presented to all individuals, but without the proper guidance, it can seem difficult to embody the mindset of a leader.  The goal of our Leadership Seminars is to give underprivileged students the resources and confidence to not only recognize and understand effective leadership but to also embody the role of a leader in their communities.  In this seminar, we engage students in critical thinking and discussion to help them develop a better concept of leadership and its applicability in their own lives.

Duration: 45 min - 1 hour

Set-Up: Lecture-Style, Collaborative Group Work, Full-Class Discussion

Key Takeaways: 

1. The definition of leadership is broad, but in essence, leaders are those who are able to inspire and motivate individuals to address a problem/concern/topic and work towards a common goal/solution.

2. There are numerous leaders in our communities ranging from politicians to celebrities to our family members, etc.  We can look at these individuals and recognize the subtle traits of a leader.

3. There are numerous opportunities for anyone to be a leader in school, at home, in the local community, etc.

4. Anyone can be a leader as long as they set their mind to it!

STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) Workshop

In recent times, there has been a large emphasis place on STEAM education as our society has evolved to emphasize these areas. STEAM topics are well known for helping students develop critical problem-solving skills, innovative thinking and experience in areas relevant to the evolving 21st-century job market/community.  To enhance the STEAM topics taught in a typical classroom setting, our STEAM workshops aim to introduce students to riveting STEAM-based concepts, activities and opportunities.  In this workshop, we bring community members to present different STEAM experiences, opportunities and programs to inspire students to explore this area.

Duration: 1 hour - 1.5 hours

Set-Up: Gallery-Walk/Exhibition Style, Different Booths/Topic Set-Ups, Interactive Displays/Games/Activities

Key Takeaways: 

1. There are many interesting topics to explore within the scope of STEAM.

2. STEAM topics are more than just what is taught in the classroom.  They apply to extracurricular activities, community events and career opportunities.

3. STEAM is can be very fun and intriguing.

Career Workshop

Thinking about the future can seem very daunting to students, especially as many students have a lot of uncertainty as to what study/career opportunities are available and where their passions lie.  Through our career workshops, we bring adults from a variety of career backgrounds (Law, Public Service, Engineering, Medicine, Education, etc) to speak about their jobs and what students can do to engage in and learn more about these areas.  Moreover, we engage students in discussions to help them think about their interests and brainstorm potential career paths that may be suited for them.  As many students will likely be uncertain, we also provide techniques and ways for them to explore different career areas.

Duration: 1.5 hour - 2 hours

Set-Up: Mini-Presentations, Question and Answer, Small Group Discussion

Key Takeaways: 

1. There is a great variety of career paths available to students to choose from.

2. Many passions/interests are able to connect with careers that are available.

3. Students have many opportunities to explore and engage in their potential careers or explore the available career paths.

Character Seminar

The primary focus of schooling is to create productive members of society.  Typically, there is a great emphasis in the classroom curriculum on becoming great thinkers, but what about becoming great people?  Our Character Seminars are geared towards bringing awareness to the importance of having good character and developing social skills: concepts that are integral to the school community but may become lost in the hustle and bustle of schoolwork.  To do this, we engage students in open discussion about good character: what it looks like and what it means for them.  We then work with students to brainstorm ways good character is portrayed through their own actions and how they can leave a positive impact on their peers and community through good character.

Duration: 45 min - 1 hour

Set-Up: Lecture-Style, Collaborative Group Work, Full-Class Discussion

Key Takeaways: 

1. Good character is important for everyone to portray as it helps to create a more collaborative and positive community.

2. The way you treat others can have a much larger impact that you perceive.

3. Even small actions/decisions can display one's character.

4. Having good character can be self-fulfilling and radiating positivity will allow positivity to come back to you.


Workshops Seminars

Knowledge is Power

How can we expand students' knowledge base to help then grow their passions and develop skills necessary for success?  The function of schooling is to provide students with the knowledge and experience that will prepare them to be productive members of society.  Unfortunately, in many underfunded schools, the resources necessary to introduce students to enriching topics outside of the classroom curriculum are minimal.  To combat this issue, Helping Hands: A Students for Students Movement Inc. strives to introduce underprivileged students to and engage underprivileged students in a variety of topics outside of the traditional classroom curriculum.  With our workshops and seminars, we hope to enrich the opportunities available to underprivileged students to explore innovative and insightful topics ranging from STEAM to leadership to career pathways.  Our programs help to bridge the gap and give underprivileged students the means to dive into these specialized areas and truly develop a passion for a certain subject.  Through these forward-thinking seminars, we strive to help students develop skills, traits and aspirations not typically addressed in classroom settings.

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