Find a Post Award

Social Services Career Achievement Award (Social Services Exploring Post)

  • Complete 50 hours of community service.
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  • Complete any 9 career achievements.
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    • 1.

      Do the following:

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        Interview a teacher, guidance counselor, or administrator to find out what attracted that person to a profession in education.

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        Find out what education is required to be a teacher, a guidance counselor, and an administrator. Also find out about the availability of teaching positions in your community and state.

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    • 2.

      Do the following:

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        Research the correlation between student achievement and teacher expectation. Example: Do teachers expect less from low-income students? Do teachers’ high expectations produce high performance levels regardless of social or economic standing?

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        Using your findings, make a tabletop display or presentation to a group, such as your Club/Post, another Club/Post, or other community group.

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    • 3.

      Do the following:

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        Find out what it takes to be a foreign exchange student or to host a foreign exchange student.

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        Become a foreign exchange student, host a foreign exchange student, or interview someone who is or has been a foreign exchange student to find out about his or her experiences.

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        Find out which state has the most foreign exchange students and which countries the United States sends the most students to. Then find out which country sends the most students to the United States.

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    • 4.

      Do the following:

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        Arrange to tour at least one other school in a different social environment than yours, such as an inner-city, rural, suburban, or private school.

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        List similarities and dissimilarities to your school. Identify problem areas you noticed and possible solutions.

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    • 5.

      Do one of the following:

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        Be a teacher’s aide on a class trip or outing for younger children.

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        Lead a young children’s group, such as a kindergarten class, elementary class, or others, on a nature trail, outdoor activity, or day camp.

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        Tutor the children of migrant workers, youth in a disadvantaged community, or someone learning to read.

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    • 6.

      Do the following:

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        Learn how much money your community, state, and nation spend on education. What are the revenue sources for this money? Are there restrictions on how the money is spent?

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        Research the origins of the public school system. Have the purposes of public education changed since its beginning?

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    • 7.

      Do the following:

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        Research how your school district is governed. Is your superintendent appointed or elected? Are your school board members appointed or elected?

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        Interview a school board member or superintendent to find out about his/her job and responsibilities.

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        Attend a school board meeting.

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    • 8.

      Do one of the following:

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        Pick out any simple skill, such as brushing your teeth, driving a car, making a bed, or balancing a checkbook. Make a teaching outline and then teach a class or group about the subject. Have them critique your teaching skills.

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        Attend a class or seminar that teaches teaching/presentation skills.

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    • 9.

      Do one of the following:

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        Attend a theater production. Write a critique on the work in the area of set design, decorations, and costume design.

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        Produce and direct a play or puppet show for a group of younger children, such as a day-care center, kindergarten class, or elementary class.

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    • 10.

      Do the following:

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        Learn how computers help your schoolwork.

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        Make a tabletop display for your class or school on the importance and use of computers in the school environment.

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    • 11.

      Do the following:

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        Interview two people other than teachers or school administrators and find out the following: Where were they educated? What were they trained in? How did this help prepare them for the life they now live? Find out how each continues to educate himself or herself.

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        Write a report on your findings.

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    • 12.

      Choose ONE of the following activities and devote at least four hours of service to that activity:

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        Read to a sick, blind (contact the American Foundation for the Blind at 1-800-232-5463), or homebound person in a hospital or extended-care facility.

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        Perform volunteer work at your school or public library.

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        Read stories to younger children, in a group or individually.

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        Help with a literacy program (for information, contact the National Institute for Literacy: 800 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20006; phone—1-800-228-8813; Web site—http://novel.nifl.gov) and discuss your participation with your adult leader.

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