The question of who will lead the world of tomorrow might not be as clear cut but it’s a question many have tried to answer. Young people will be the one to take the torch once the older generation retired. Are the youth of the Sacramento prepared to make changes?
Big Picture Learning is a non-profit organization that started in 1995. The organization focuses on the importance of school to high school students. Big Picture Learning has established schools nationwide. They want students to learn how to problem solve and be engaged in their community.
There is a Big Picture Learning school here in Sacramento named The Met Charter High School and it was established in 2003.
The Met offers its students high-skilled work experience and internships. The Met students attend school on Mondays,Wednesdays, and Fridays. On Tuesdays and Thursdays students attend their internships off campus. The selection process for an internship is simple. First, you must read the internship database which has over 2000 internship sites. After you find a internship you’re interested in you must request the site to the internship coordinator. The internship coordinator then has to approve the internship site for you. Students must create their own resume and cover letter to send it to the internship site they are interested in.
Lilli Mercado, a student at the Met, has an internship at a local jewelry company named Compliment Inc. A regular day for Lilli is making jewelry, such as earrings, and packaging the product.
“I gained knowledge on how to make jewelry, some knowledge on how a business is run and how to track orders,”said Mercado.
Sandra Longfellow, another Met student, works at a local floral shop named Relles Florist. A regular day at her internship is taking flower orders over the phone and handling walk-in customers.
“My favorite thing at my internship is making flower arrangements,” said Longfellow.
The Met also allows students to attend college. While attending college, students can receive high school credits and college credits at the same time. Not many high schools in Sacramento allow their students to attend college while still enrolled. Learning at the Met is also different because students are with their advisor for all four years of high school. Students have three workshops they attend to gain their knowledge. The Met’s slogan is “One Student at a Time.”
“I love the Met, and I think it’s a lot better than a regular school,” said Longfellow.
With a dozen years of operations behind them, the Met continues to provide a different experience for their students.
By Catherine Chenault
This year, I will be incoming senior at Hiram Johnson High School. Starting your last year of high school is such a scary thought because you realize that in just a few months you will be sent out into the world on your own and you will have to deal with the adult problems of life. It is also exciting because you think finally I get to make the rules and do what I want, in a way it’s like freedom is not that far away.
But the thought of senior year may also cause you to think of the stress that lays ahead, from trying to make good grades, to trying to get into college, figuring out how you’re going to pay for it and do an awesome Senior project, the list goes on. It makes you wonder how did all the seniors before me make it through all of these things, it seems like too much for one person.
But one thing to always remember is that if those that came before can do it, so can you, and you may even do it better. As I senior, I have decided that I am going to take everything I have to do and break it up into parts and take it all one part at a time so that I won’t be overwhelmed. I learned that through out high school when I got overwhelmed is usually when I began to mess up and now I take things bit by bit. I have even decided to be apart of some new clubs and help plan some fun senior events as a way to ease the stress for all of my peers and provide an outlet when I need a break from my studies.
I also plan to have as much fun as I possibly can and to participate in all the school activities, because you only get to be a senior once and when it’s over it’s over. So it’s best to snap a lot of pictures and enjoy the little time you have left in high school, and when you look back you’ll have good memories.
According to California Government Education Commissions, in 2009 drop out rates for high school students in the state reached a high of 50% in some areas. Reasons for dropping varies. Sometimes it’s family issues, sometimes i’ts just not staying committed. But two of the big reasons a lot of students drop out is because they either can’t pass the High School Exit Exam or the “popular” reason they just fall behind in credits and give up.
Whatever the reason might be, Advance Path is there to help. They were created to help failing or out of school youth. The way they work is that they make custom learning plans to help a student’s unique academic needs. This individualized learning paths satisfies all the requirements necessary to receive a high school diploma and focuses on preparing each student for post-secondary opportunities including employment and college. Students can work either in small groups or one-on-one with an instructor.
Advance Path is also really fixable with time and it allows youth to keep working and tend to any family needs there may be. Looking for more information? Well this Thursday, August 23, everyone is invited to free BBQ. The event will be held at the George Sims Community Center located on 6207 Logan street Sacramento CA. Feel free to print it out the flyer below and pass the news around!