SPARK! WiSTEM2D

Spark WiSTEM2D promotes the valuable involvement of volunteers and youth navigators to inspire young people in the STEM2D subjects and 21st-century careers around the world. Designed as an essential resource for volunteers, Spark WiSTEM2D: defines STEM2D principles and philosophy, provides information and statistics on the U.S. STEM labor market and diversity of career options, and highlights research-based strategies and tips for engaging and interacting with girls and young women.

Ignite! Activities

Ignite Activities are short, typically 5 to 15 minutes to complete, hands-on activities that use everyday materials to excite youth interest in STEM2D. Ignite activities are available in Chinese, English, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish.

STEM Student Activities

NIWL developed 25+ classroom-based STEM student activities. These activities are centered on inquiry-based investigations and hands-on learning and integrate student-centered learning principles such as collaboration and teamwork. Check out the STEM²D Student Activities Series Overview and then choose from any of the activities to bring STEM to life in your classroom!

STEM2D Career Quiz

This 3-5 minute online quiz helps young people explore their interests and how a career in STEM can make a difference in the world.

Positive Youth Development & Communication Skills

This self-directed eLearning Module explores youth development — the growth process by which all young people seek ways to meet their basic physical and social needs, adolescent brain development, and Positive Youth Development — an approach to build competencies that are necessary to succeed in adolescence and adulthood.

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BTE From the Rearview Mirror

Over 4,000 students and countless volunteers have passed through BTE over our 25 years. We have collected their stories and distilled lessons from them for the future of the program.

BTE 25 Years, 25 Lessons (English)

In honor of BTE’s 25th Anniversary, we conducted a study to isolate 25 lessons from BTE program implementation. This report illustrates our findings.

Celebrating 20 Years

Motivated by low academic achievement and the unacceptable number of young people leaving school before graduation, Johnson & Johnson established its Bridge to Employment (BTE) initiative in 1992. Written to coincide with BTE’s 20th anniversary, this report takes a look at BTE’s timeline, model, and some individual success stories.

A Decade of Promising Practices

Johnson & Johnson’s highly successful Bridge to Employment (BTE) initiative stems from the use of a common core of scientifically sound school-to-career principles: maintaining high standards of academic learning for all students; providing opportunities for contextual learning; creating links with institutions of higher education; and connecting students with adults in the workplace. This publication explores these and other promising practices.

Education and Career Plan Overview

The Education & Career Plan (ECP) is a user-friendly digital tool that builds on FHI 360’s College and Career Readiness: A Guide for Navigators, which helps both students and Navigators map and track the college- and career-readiness journey. Four versions of the ECP are available, designed to support students pursuing different paths: those in high school, students in 2–year college programs, students in 4–year college and university programs, and those enrolled in certificate programs. Targeted to 21st century needs, the ECP is a living document that integrates college- and career-readiness exploration and preparation in one organized place. By connecting college and career plans, the ECP helps young people identify career interests and goals; connect career goals with specific qualifications, education, and training required for entry into those careers; outline a course plan that helps them meet postsecondary education and career goals; and record activities and accomplishments in both college readiness and career readiness.

To request access, email us at: niwl@fhi360.org

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