Link with a Leader
Our Link with a Leader Program is designed to challenge students to dream big and strive for excellence. Volunteers from the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and other Latino professional organizations mentor students monthly at Ridgeview Charter Middle School, Sandy Springs Charter Middle School and Riverwood International Charter School. Volunteers from 100 Black Men conduct a similar program at North Springs Charter High School. The graduation coaches at all four schools pinpoint students who may be at risk of not succeeding in school or of dropping out. These students benefit from connecting with successful role models and have the opportunity to attend events to help inspire them to succeed in college or career. The program reaches approximately 200 students each year. Evaluation results indicate a positive impact on empowerment and self-esteem for participating students.
SAIL & CHOSEN
Each year in February, North Springs Charter High School and Riverwood International Charter School counselors identify economically disadvantaged students who are on target to graduate, but do not have any post-secondary plans. Trained volunteers present options and assist students with post-secondary applications. SSEF provides funds for application fees as well as SAT/ACT fees. As part of the program, representatives from local post-secondary institutions visit the school. As a result, approximately 85% of the SAIL and CHOSEN students are accepted each year into colleges or vocational programs. The programs serve about 60 students yearly.
The Junior Achievement program is delivered to students in the ninth and tenth grade at North Springs Charter High School in collaboration with JA and the Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber of Commerce. Over 400 ninth graders students participate in the program which provides valuable financial literacy education. Over 400 tenth graders participate in the Career Success program. The program has a structured curriculum designed to educate students about basic economic and career success topics in a grade level appropriate manner
The Business Bridge program offers students the opportunity to experience a business environment while still in high school. SSEF works with the Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber of Commerce Workforce Development Committee to engage students in career focused opportunities. SSEF assists with internships, speakers, job shadowing and field trips to provide these opportunities. This program also brings in business professionals, from organizations such as Whole Foods, Microsoft and Women in Technology, to conduct special seminars. In partnership with the Technology Association of Georgia – Education Collaborative, the program coordinates an annual internship workshop with business professionals for high school students. These students are identified by the business department as students who would most benefit from the program and is designed to prepare them to submit effective applications and differentiate themselves competitively in an interview situation. All Business Bridge opportunities are intended to give students real-world experiences and prepare them for future careers.