LeadershipSC, the state’s oldest organization dedicated to leadership development, wanted to do something this year that would have long-term positive residual.
The class of 2017, charged with nurturing a deeper sense of service and civic engagement for the betterment of South Carolina, recognized the future was in the minds of its youth.
The decision this year’s class reached was to develop a tool educators could use easily to reach professionals representing a broad range of careers so as to invite them into the classroom – to inform and inspire students, give them the spark that they can do something great.
Last week in a small ceremony at Hand Middle School, representatives of LeadershipSC handed over to SCFutureMinds the tool they commissioned Andrew Askins to design: InspireACareer.com.
The platform Askins built allows willing professionals, often representing leadership and civic organizations, to create and upload a profile. Next, educators can enter a zip code, match a profile with an academic need, and find an appropriate professional, within close proximity, to invite to the school. The invitation may be for career day, or for any other career-related segment of the curriculum.
Willing professionals accept invitations to come to schools near them, meet students, and share with them what is involved in their careers, what academic preparation is required, and what the advantages and disadvantages are.
Students from area school districts were present to share with LeadershipSC members their current career thoughts: Makiyah Lewis, Abbie Slatton, Alexandra Davis, Caseyann Fowler, Taylor Manning, Millie Brown, Jacob Muir, Junah Corbett, and Madison Lewis.
Featured photo: LeadershipSC members present for last week’s presentation to SCFuture Minds were: John Wilkinson, left; Stephen Murray; Helen Munnerlyn; Sarah Corbett; Jennifer Wise, South Carolina Teacher of the Year; Marie Majarais; Patrick White, and Caroline Mauldin, SCFuture Minds.