KAPOW connects volunteers with schools to teach kids about work, and how to connect their success in school with success in the workplace, and in life. We also bring students to the workplace, to experience peoples’ jobs first-hand, connecting partner companies to the community.
The KAPOW program began with one school and business and 250 students. We now serves 6000 students annually in 80 elementary, middle and high schools. More than 850 community volunteers and 500 educators participate in the program. Seventy percent of KAPOW students are minorities (primarily Hispanic and African American) who qualify for free or reduced lunch.
“The continued collaboration between the classroom, the community, and the workplace is what makes their experience a wonderful success!”City of Lauderhill Fire Chief and KAPOW Volunteer
We are also developing new ways to help students and teachers impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic deal with their isolation and disconnect with outside world, by:
- Developing and sharing new methods for virtual lesson presentations, visits to worksites, and volunteer interviews to keep students and teachers connected with our volunteers.
- Providing this virtual content on our new YouTube channel.
- Encouraging partner teachers and volunteers to embrace technology as a new way to deliver lesson content.
- Continually monitoring teachers’ needs via surveys, teleconferences and email.
- Helping students understand what their roles are now, and can be in the future to help make this crisis an opportunity.