Parents for Educational Achievement of Kids (PEAK)
This programs for parents teaches a unique set of skills within the Stamford educational school system. Parents and families will feel confident navigating their child’s education and school community.
The Parents for Educational Achievement of Kids (PEAK) program was launched in 2009 in response to the importance of parental involvement and its potential impact on the Achievement Gap. PEAK is designed to help parents navigate the intricacies of the Stamford Public School (SPS) system and become better advocates for their children. It teaches them techniques to become parent leaders in their own community.
About the Program
The five week program is given on site at various community centers. Through a series of lectures and guest speakers from the community and SPS, PEAK presents practical, understandable information about the educational resources available to their children. The series concludes with a planned visit to a Board of Education meeting at the Government Center. The program focuses on encouraging families to have a high level of engagement with the school system and it reinforces the idea that parents are the greatest advocates for their child.
The following foundations and corporations support our PEAK program:
- St. John’s Community Foundation
- Purdue Pharma
- GE Foundation
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An internship, particularly for students at least 16 years of age, is a great way to get to know yourself a little better while building skills that will make you better prepared for the future. Internships can help you understand how a professional organization functions in the real world. While interning, you will have the opportunity to assess and refine your career goals. It is a “trial period”, an opportunity to test ideas about your interests and potential professions – whether it’s entertainment, non-profit, technology, health – without requiring a lengthy commitment. Just remember, no matter what you do and how long you do it for, do it to the best of your ability.
Some internships are “salaried” positions and some are strictly volunteer. Either way, you will likely gain valuable experience. Please note that most are highly competitive and you should pay close attention to the application deadlines.
Many organizations do not advertise the availability of internships or jobs and so it often requires some initiative on your part. With this portal, Stamford Achieves is seeking to aggregate internship and job opportunities for Stamford’s high school students.
Although we would ultimately like to post all student internship and job opportunities that is simply not realistic. Therefore, it is recommended that you conduct an internet search, look out for postings and check newspaper listings. Also, please use your networks – guidance counselors, teachers, parents, relatives, family, and friends – anyone who may have contacts within businesses or organizations that interest you.
The City of Stamford benefits tremendously from a large and diverse group of employers. These employers can and often do offer our high school students internship as well as job opportunities. However, employment opportunities are not typically aggregated so as to streamline the process for both the prospective employers and students. This portal is designed to be a simple and efficient way to maximize our tremendous resources.
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