Supports for Success is a continuation of the Leadership Training Program for youth in 10th through 12th grade. Campers who have completed Leadership are invited to participate in this unique program, which is currently in its second year. Supports for Success is designed to help youth develop job-readiness and 21st Century Skills as well as prepare them for the transition from high school to a postsecondary opportunity. Activities take place throughout the school year and include resume writing, interview preparation, financial literacy, a dining etiquette experience, ACT preparation, exploring best-fit colleges, college visits, and so much more.
Supports for Success meets an average of once a month as a group, in addition to individual meetings with the Program Manager. Youth then have the opportunity to work as Counselors-in-Training (CITs) at Sherwood Forest summer camp. These youth gain hands-on experience as camp counselors and participate in staff training throughout the summer. They also have the option of applying for summer jobs in other areas if they are interested; if they choose to work at another location, the Program Manager will assist them in identifying potential employers and preparing for interviews. The Supports for Success program is required for those youth in tenth and eleventh grade who are interested in becoming Counselors-in-Training at Sherwood Forest; CITs receive a stipend for their time and are mentored by experienced group leaders during the summer.
The Supports for Success program job-readiness component is structured using curriculum developed by the United States Department of Labor, entitled “Soft Skills to Pay the Bills — Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success”. This program focuses on the following six skills: communication, teamwork, networking, problem solving & critical thinking, and professionalism. Each of the six modules includes a lesson and hands-on activities and workshops. The Supports for Success program also utilizes two college readiness curriculum models created by the ECMC, “Realizing the Dream” and “Believing the Dream”. Their curriculum focuses on increasing the number of students traditionally underserved backgrounds, including low-income and first-generation, who are prepared for, admitted to, and graduate from a higher education institution.