Community is everything, as a strong community keeps students safe, provides student support and fosters student success. A partnership we value tremendously is between the Boys & Girls Club of Harrison County, Fred Smith Store Fixtures and Big Brothers, Big Sisters.
Why do you ask? What is happening between South Harrison Community School Corporation and these organizations?
Recently the Big Brothers Big Sisters School To Work program launched, which matches SHCSC students with area professionals to offer mentorship, professional development, job skill training, goal setting, and more. Big Brothers and Big Sisters is facilitating this program, connecting Fred Smith Store Fixtures, the Boys & Girls Club of Harrison County and other leaders with students who have similar interests.
Beginning in October students and mentors meet once a month at Fred Smith Store Fixtures. The first session had a focus on goal setting and connecting classwork to professional settings. Amy Hoene, Southern Indiana Community Relations Director for Big Brothers, Big Sisters, said the group of students discussed how to approach multitasking between school and work, completed a career inventory and set goals connecting their passions with potential careers. According to Hoene, students also brainstormed ideal work environments they want to be part of and role-played the proper and professional, way to quit a job. Based on this first session, leaders saw students comfortable speaking in front of a group of their peers and adults, engaging in meaningful discussion and being eager to learn.
There are 11 students participating in the 2022-23 cohort, nine Corydon Central and two South Central students. The next session will be in the first part of November.