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STUDENT LEADERSHIP GROUP

In preparation for the PSI July 2012 Convening, NYEC has formed the PSI Student Leadership Group (SLG) consisting of students from the PSI sites. The purposes of the SLG are to center student voice in the work of the PSI; to design and lead a student session and panel at the Convening; and to provide students with leadership and civic engagement opportunities connected to their educational goals. For more information about the SLG, please click here.

The students from the following PSI sites are participating in the SLG: Larkin Street Youth Services, Los Angeles Conservation Corps, My Turn, Our Piece of the Pie, Open Meadow, X-Cel, and Good Shepherd Services. It is the goal of NYEC that, through their work with the PSI and the SLG, these students will develop a variety of critical skills, including creating and maintaining positive group dynamics needed for effective team work; networking and public speaking; interviewing and facilitating; understanding the legislative process; speaking effectively about policy issues affecting youth and their communities; and devising goals and strategies for actionable leadership.

The SLG met eleven times by conference call between February and July of 2012, leading up to the PSI July 2012 Convening in Washington, D.C. During the Convening, which took place on July 16-19, 2012, the SLG led a session on social and academic supports that students need in order to move towards college completion, facilitated a panel on student experiences in the PSI, and participated in a Capitol Hill Day that provided students with an opportunity to visit Congressional offices to educate and inform legislators and their staff about policy issues impacting postsecondary education access and success that are important to our students. To read more about the Convening, including the SLG contributions, and to see photos from the event, please check out our PSI July 2012 Convening page here.

On this portion of our website, we will document the work of the SLG and will make available for download materials from our meetings. In addition, some students wrote short essays summarizing their experiences of the meetings. Click on the links to go directly to each meeting description, summary, and materials: Meeting 1; Meeting 2; Meeting 3; Meeting 4; Meeting 5; Meeting 6; Meeting 7; Meeting 8; Meeting 9; Meeting 10; Meeting 11.

For more information about the work of the SLG or student engagement, please contact Yelena Nemoy at yn@nyec.org.


Meeting 1: February 5, 2012

Materials: Meeting agenda can be downloaded here here; summary of the meeting written by Pablo, Open Meadow and Portland Community College representative, can be downloaded here.

Meeting Goals:  Establishing positive group dynamics.

Meeting Summary: In this meeting, the students and NYEC staff introduced themselves to the group; the students spoke about their college successes and challenges; and NYEC staff outlined the goals for the group and discussed past convenings and the Capitol Hill Day. 


Meeting 2: February 12, 2012

Materials: Meeting agenda can be downloaded here; SLG Communication Norms can be downloaded here; SLG Homework Assignment can be downloaded here; summary of the meeting written by Chris, Larkin Street Youth Services and City College of San Francisco representative, can be downloaded here.

Meeting Goals: 1) establish group norms for communication and discussion; 2) provide students with an opportunity to discuss the three areas of PSI work (access, retention, and completion) and to state their case for why one of these areas should be the focus of the student session at the Convening; and 3) vote on whether access, retention, or completion should be the focus of the student session.

Meeting Summary: The students discussed ground rules for respectful listening and communication and the group agreed on the following norms for communication: safe space, attentive listening, and spirit of learning. Students voted that completion should be the focus of the session, but because of the importance of retention to many students in the group, retention and access will be the focus of the student panel. As a follow-up, students were asked to complete a "homework" assignment in preparation for the next meeting: the students were asked to interview staff from their PSI program or college about the importance of college completion, the strategies and practices that they utilize to increase completion, and the outcomes that they have seen as a result of these strategies.


Meeting 3: March 4, 2012

Materials: Meeting agenda can be downloaded here; "Buckets of Work" chart can be downloaded here; summary of the meeting written by Christina, Our Piece of the Pie and Capital Community College representative, can be downloaded here.

Meeting Goals: 1) discuss students' completion goals and the strategies and practices that staff at their PSI programs and postsecondary institutions utilize to help them achieve these goals; 2) identify content areas for the completion session; and 3) identify several options for presenting the content (e.g. skit, presentation, poster).

Meeting Summary: During the discussion, students identified four "buckets of work" that encapsulate practices that PSI sites and postsecondary institutions engage in to support students towards completion. These four "buckets of work" will serve as content areas for the student session at the Convening: 1) Social Support from Program; 2) Social Support from College; 3) Academic Support from Program; and 4) Academic Support from College. Some of the examples of practices that support students towards completion discussed by students were: mentoring by staff, including teaching and modeling college-ready behaviors and self advocacy skills and serving as inspirational role models of college and career success; case management, including academic advising and coaching, college navigation support, connecting students with campus life and resources, and assisting students with accessing external resources such as housing, books, transportation, and healthcare; and academic support, including tutoring and workshops, remediation instruction, and college prep and bridge programs. In order to create the SLG session, the students will divide into four groups and identify, research, and present practices in their chosen content area.


Meeting 4: March 18, 2012

Materials: Meeting agenda can be downloaded here; meeting summary, written by Haydee, Los Angeles Conservation Corps and Los Angeles Trade Technical College representative, can be downloaded here.

Meeting Goals: 1) discuss team assignments and presentation options for the session; 2) provide students with an overview of Convening plans; 3) prepare for a leadership development training with Michael Rodriguez, Program Specialist with the CUNY Black Male Initiative (postsecondary partner of CASES).

Meeting Summary: The SLG session at the Convening will consist of four 15-minute presentations in the following areas: 1) Social Support from Program; 2) Social Support from College; 3) Academic Support from Program; and 4) Academic Support from College. Working in teams, students will identify 2-3 practices each, decide on the presentation format, and develop a presentation for the session.  


Meeting 5: April 1, 2012

Materials: Meeting agenda can be downloaded here; meeting summary written by Sascha, Our Piece of the Pie and Capital Community College representative, can be downloaded here; Dress for Success flier can be downloaded here.

Meeting Goals: 1) help students prepare for the Convening and increase career readiness through a Dress for Success training; 2) report on progress towards designing the SLG Convening session.

Meeting Summary: In preparation for the Convening, Yelena led a Dress for Success training and engaged students in a discussion about what "professional attire" means to them. After the training, session teams reported out on the practices they have identified for their portions of the session and their presentation format. NYEC staff discussed the importance of balancing school, family, work, and SLG participation to ensure good self-care and balance and not allowing SLG work to become overwhelming or to detract from more critical priorities.


Meeting 6: April 15, 2012

Materials: Meeting agenda can be downloaded here; Facilitative Leadership Training summary can be downloaded here.

Meeting Goals: 1) report on progress towards designing the SLG Convening session; 2) help students prepare for the Convening and build on career readiness and leadership skills through a discussion of facilitative leadership.

Meeting Summary: Monique worked with students to prepare for facilitating their sessions at the Convening through a discussion focused on facilitative leadership and qualities of successful facilitators. Additionally, session teams reported out on their progress towards designing their portions of the SLG session and received comments from NYEC staff and the group.


Meeting 7: May 6, 2012

Materials: Meeting agenda can be downloaded here.

Meeting Goals: SLG session practice.

Meeting Summary: In this meeting, students practiced their SLG session presentations and received comments and suggestions from the group and NYEC staff.


Meeting 8: May 20, 2012

Materials: Meeting agenda can be downloaded here; Leadership Assessment created by Michael Rodriguez can be downloaded here.

Meeting Goals: 1) celebrate successes of the academic year and set goals for the next year; 2) discuss student leadership strategies.

Meeting Summary: Michael Rodriguez, Program Specialist with the CUNY Black Male Initiative (postsecondary partner of CASES), was the guest speaker for this meeting. Michael led a training session on student leadership and characteristics of successful leaders. Additionally, the group participated in a College Thorn and Rose activity, in which each of the students shared one success and one challenge from this academic year and one goal for the next academic year.


Meeting 9: June 3, 2012

Materials: Meeting agenda can be downloaded here.

Meeting Goals: review questions for the SLG Convening panel; 2) prepare for the Capitol Hill Day.

Meeting Summary: Mala Thakur, Executive Director of NYEC, and Jimmy Huettig, Policy Associate, led a civic engagement training in preparation for the Capitol Hill Day on July 19, 2012. Mala and Jimmy discussed the importance of engaging with policy makers, appropriate communication with Congressional staff and members, what to expect during a visit to Congressional offices, and key policy issues around education and workforce development. Students were asked to think of a policy issue that they will discuss during their visits. Additionally, the SLG reviewed the questions for the student panel at the Convening.


Meeting 10: June 17, 2012

Materials: Meeting agenda can be downloaded here.

Meeting Goals:  SLG session presentation practice.

Meeting Summary: In this meeting, students practiced their SLG session presentations and received comments and suggestions from the group and NYEC staff.


Meeting 11: July 8, 2012

Materials: Meeting agenda can be downloaded here.

Meeting Goals: 1) Convening agenda walk-through; 2) SLG session presentation final practice.

Meeting Summary: In this final meeting before the Convening, Yelena reviewed the Convening agenda with the students and answered questions. Additionally, students who felt that they needed to practice their presentation again had an opportunity to do so.


Meeting 12: PSI July 2012 Convening, July 16-19, 2012

To read about the Convening and see the photos of SLG presentation and Capital Hill Day, as well as download the SLG presentation and other materials from the Convening, please visit our PSI July 2012 Convening page here.

 

 

For more information about the PSI, please contact Yelena Nemoy at yn@nyec.org.

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