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Youth Achievers' Committee offers a number of programs throughout the year.
Coriell Institute Science Fair (Spring) - this tri-county event is sponsored by the Coriell Institute. Winners in grades 6-12 from our annual YAC Science and Math Fair become eligible to participate in this competition. Winners from the Coriell Fair become eligible for entry in the Delaware Valley Science Fair and ultimately the International Science and Engineering Fair.
The Annual Spring Project, usually conducted in April or May, has brought
to the Burlington County area such exciting presentations as put on
by the Mad Scientist of New Jersey and Daryl Baynes of Minority Aviation
Education Association (MAEA). Both of these programs are highly interactive,
hands-on, science "magic" shows, which during the presentation expose
the science, entwined within the "magic".
Summer Internship Program - The Summer Internship Program provides opportunities for youth of Burlington County to gain meaningful summer employment with an organization which makes extensive use of science, math and/or engineering. The purpose is to provide relevant employment experience to the students and to open doors to future long term employment.
YAC College Scholarships - YAC awards graduating high school students with monetary scholarships. Each scholarship is awarded to a student who has been accepted into college and plans to pursue a career in Science, Math, Engineering or related industry.
YAC Book Awards - Book awards are presented to graduating high school students who have participated in YAC programs and have been accepted to college.
Pre-College Programs (Summer) -YAC partners with local colleges and universities to enable our students to participate in various summer programs. These programs serve as a vehicle to prepare our students for continued educational pursuits.
YAC SAT Prep - YAC sponsors a series of training sessions to enhance preparation for the SAT examination. The program promotes academic readiness and competitiveness in our students. We provide this training to significantly increase test scores on standardized tests.
Science Fair - Our culminating event of the year. Students in grades K-12 are invited to submit individual, team or family projects for review by distinguished panel of judges. Formal closing ceremony includes awarding of cash prizes and trophies. Educational Forum brings together a number of organizations to provide information to parents of our students about valuable youth resources throughout the county.
Tutorial and Basic Skills Enhancement - Youth Achievers' Committee Tutorial and Basic Skills Enhancement Program is designed to empower minority and at-risk students of our community to improve heir grades, bolster their confidence and to assure their academic assess as they progress through school and on into the advanced challenges of life. Students are recommended to the program by parents and/or schools that recognize their need for assistance with reading, math and comprehension skills. The program identifies, through diagnostic assessments, areas of academic weakness in each student and proceeds to fortify the students in these specific areas. Students also receive assistance, as needed with homework assignments and general preparation for standardized testing. Students are generally tutored on a one-on-one basis by New Jersey certified school teachers who have retired from schools throughout the state and others who bring a wealth of specialized knowledge in math, physics and engineering from their college training and their employment experiences.
Interview Skills Training - Year after year, as the Youth Achievers' Committee (YAC) interviewed graduating High School Seniors who had applied for College Scholarships, it became more and more apparent that many of our students were ill prepared for the interview process. YAC determined that many of our young men and women were forfeiting significant college scholarship and employment opportunities because they were poorly prepared to present themselves with impact. We determined that with the proper training, our young men and women could be as successful during the interview process as any others. YAC launched an Interview Skills Training program for High School Juniors and Seniors who were committed to improving their personal presentation skills. The program emphasizes appropriate attire, professional demeanor, posture, language skills, preparatory research and more. Prior to the end of the training, students have the opportunity to present themselves during mock interviews before real corporate executives who provide direct feed-back as to the preparedness of each student.
Industry Visits - Youth Achievers' Committee (YAC) makes an effort to provide youth of Burlington County with the opportunity to visit various corporations, industries and businesses that rely heavily upon science, math and engineering. Corporations, industries and businesses are contacted to determine their willingness to receive, entertain and educate students who may be interested in pursuing a science or math career. Local schools are contacted to determine which schools would be willing to engage in a trip to industry. Interested schools find a date and time which coincides with the calendar of the receiving industry. YAC assists in any wary necessary to insure that the arrangements and the trip are as smooth as possible. During the visit, effort is made to expose the students to as much of the business operations as possible, giving them interactive, hands-on experiences wherever possible..
- In an effort to
improve the outreach and effectiveness of our programs, Youth Achievers'
Committee (YAC) each month calls together youth from 8th thru 12th grades
from various locations throughout Burlington County, focusing their attention
on goals and objectives set forth by YAC. Identifying this body of students
as Youth Achievers' Committee, Youth Advisory Council, they soon became
affectionately known as YAC.yac. The monthly meetings are designed to:
Skills Generation Program -
The Technical Skills Generation Program (TSGP) is designed to provide
useful and economical web-site design and maintenance services to the
Youth Achievers' Committee (YAC) and at the same time develop the technological
skills and offer invaluable experience to the youngsters of our community.
Under direct supervision of designated technology professionals, the
TSGP team will create a model web-design company which will design and
maintain the web-site of each business client, beginning with the Youth
Achievers' Committee. The program will teach our youngsters to apply
practical technology and business skills that will provide real technical
services to YAC (and other businesses in the future). The program will
offer youngsters who may not have previously considered it, the opportunity
to work in a technical capacity, gaining the experience and certification
needed to enter the technology business world.