Career Path Mentors Program
Motivating students onto positive career paths
inspiring the college bound
1. Segue has developed a proven, practical, low cost method to motivate students that "makes graduating high school a new and important priority in their lives."
2. Over one-third of California students drop out of high school and it's increasing each year. Most often this is due to lack of motivation or lack of seeing the relevance of school to their lives.
3. A 2003 RAND Corp. study found that "each high school dropout costs society $243,000 to $388,000, and a career criminal costs $1.3 million to $1.5 million."
4. The ratio of students to counselors is 500 to 1. During the precious little time available for each student, counselors almost always must focus on topics other than future career options. Seventy percent of our students don't go to four-year colleges and they too need to know career options.
5. How can most students possibly choose a career path when they don't even know their options?
6. Segue has found gold in each community in the form of the wisdom and experiences of those in the everyday workplace. Imbued with the spirit of caring mentors, these volunteer speakers come into classrooms to excite and inspire and motivate students about career paths from science to math to construction to healthcare. Students "hear" them a way they can't hear their own parents.
7. At-risk youth are least likely to attend career days, job shadows, or explore independently; however, Segue reaches at-risk students in classes they already attend. Segue may be the only way that most at-risk youths are reached in public schools and given knowledge of career options.
8. Seeing a positive future for themselves, 90% of students planning to drop out report that, as a result of Segue, they now plan to stay in school and graduate; 89% increase their knowledge of career options; 86% now believe that more effort now equals more options in their future; and 83% are more likely to continue their education with college, technical, or certification programs.
9. Respectful of speakers and teachers, there is a low time commitment to participate in Segue. Speaker sign-up and teacher opt-in is effortless and quick due to unique online self-scheduling.
10. Students often hear deeper life lessons as well, such as that the choices are yours to make, that any effort you put in now is for your own future benefit, and that what you choose to do now, or not do, has a huge impact on how your life unfolds. The bottom line lesson for youth is that many rewards will come to them as they take personal responsibility for their own life's outcomes.
11. The Segue model motivates youth from inside themselves. Students see a path that appeals to them for a career, or they learn that more education opens more options, and they want this for themselves. These live presentations ignite in youth their own internal engines and can catapult them forward. The process is similar to when a young person wants a bicycle and the family budget cannot provide it. That youth finds a way! He/she mows lawns, walks dogs, baby-sits, washes cars. Segue is empowering to youth in a similar way, both bringing them the knowledge of what is out there and the idea that they can have it if they are willing to pay their dues and do good work.
12. Traditional options such as career days are increasingly seen by knowledgeable educators as wasteful, unless closely managed, since most students view them simply as "time off" from school, and spend most of this time socializing with their classmates and not in a focused effort to learn about career options. With "job shadows," while the value of experiencing a job's real environment can be substantial, Segue is literally 200 times as effective. Here's the math: With a job shadow one adult spends at least four hours and serves one youth; with Segue, one adult spends two hours and serves 100 youth (half the time and serving 100 vs. 1 equals 200 times more effective).