Orchard Park Foundation for Academic Excellence

Would you like to volunteer with the Orchard Park Foundation for Academic Excellence? They are an organization that works with the Orchard Park School District to enhance the educational experience of students in the district.

They partnered with Bryant & Stratton Institute, the Orchard Park Chamber of Commerce and Great Erie Federal Credit Union to create and present a soft skills program to the students of Orchard Park High School. It’s called “Heads Up” … in lift up your head from your cell phone and get into life!

The program began last year with presentations to the freshman class on how to shake hands, introduce yourself and ask open ended questions in a work or personal setting. This year we added a diversity component and that will be presented to sophomores. Next year we want to add in juniors, etc.

We are looking for young professionals to present the diversity message to the high school sophomores and thought that a student chapter in HR might be the perfect place to get presenters. Might anyone associated with BNHRA be interested in this opportunity?

It entails 1 to 2 evenings of training at Bryant and Stratton in Orchard Park and then committing to about a 2-3 hour time at the high school to present to various groups of students during their school periods.

We have an opportunity for 2 or 3 students for this current opportunity. It is the diversity topic and the training will be from 6-8 PM on Tuesday, Jan 30 and Thursday, Feb 1 at the Orchard Park campus of Bryant & Stratton.

The presentations are during the school day at the Orchard Park High School on Friday, Feb 16. The day starts at 7:25 AM and finishes at 12:45 PM. There are 8 periods in the day, but volunteers would be asked to take anywhere from 2 to 4 periods, which would encompass about 2 hours of time. Presentations would be in front of 12 – 27 students at a time and they would work with a partner in making the presentations.

This program happens every fall and spring during the school year. We need volunteers for freshmen – the soft skills of how to behave when meeting new people……sophomores – diversity and next year we will add a session for juniors. So, there will be other opportunities during the 2018 – 2019 school year.

Lee Backus, SPHR
d: +1 (716) 817 6993
e: [email protected]

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