“Our hope is that we deter students from going down the wrong path and instead encourage them to go to college and be successful superstars!“–Keilah Early, CollegeSpring Mentor, Project S.K.I.L.L. Co-Founder
California State East Bay undergraduate and CollegeSpring mentor, Keilah Early, recently attended the 2016 Clinton Global Initiative University Meeting, a nationally selective event that unites outstanding undergraduates across the nation to tackle pressing global issues. Keilah met with other social innovators, university representatives, and experts, and presented her commitment to action – Project Success and Knowledge in Life and Leadership (S.K.I.L.L.). Project S.K.I.L.L. aims to help high school juniors and seniors build real-world skills that are often absent in the classroom. Through targeted instruction and one-on-one mentoring provided by undergraduate volunteers, Keilah and her team are working to ensure that all students in the Bay Area are prepared to lead successful, independent lives following high school.
Keilah recently talked to CollegeSpring about her collaboration with the Clinton Global Initiative University, her project, and how individuals can get involved.
Why did you want to be involved with the Clinton Global Initiative University?
I thought it would be an amazing opportunity to take my idea and turn it into an incredible program that could change lives.
Describe your project.
Project S.K.I.L.L (Success and Knowledge in Life and Leadership) is a program designed to help teach students life skills that they may not otherwise learn. We will teach life skills such as how to budget, negotiate, explore careers, perform well on interviews, vote, ect. With the help of chosen interns and volunteers, we plan to use interactive lessons and one-on-one mentoring in order to prepare high school juniors or seniors for adulthood.
How did you come up with this project? Why do you think it is important?
I did not know anything about credit or personal finance until I came to college. I believe that you should know those things before leaving high school, which is why I came up with this idea. I still do not know exactly how to vote. I have been on countless interviews and feel the need to pass on my skills to high school students so that they can be successful in life. I think it is important because schools often focus so much on core classes such as English and math but do not really prepare students for life as independent adults. It is left up to the parents to pass on such valuable knowledge, but not all kids have parents who can do that. Not all kids have parents at all.
What is your timeline for this project? When do you anticipate that your program will be up and running?
I hope to have my program running by early 2017. Over the summer my partner, Karla Richards-Silva, and I will finish up lesson plans and recruit volunteers and interns. We will then train them and hopefully be ready for action by January!