As PENCIL turns 25 this year, we are looking back at all we have achieved and overcome. Yes, times are challenging, but the outpouring of love and support we received from the PENCIL community has made it easier for us to face this roadblock head-on.
More than ever, it is critical for PENCIL students to continue interactions with diverse role models and develop skills that can support their success in the world that emerges from this crisis.
As one teacher shared when we told them about PENCIL’s plan to launch virtual programs: “I just want to say how grateful I am for all of the communities that have nurtured our most vulnerable students. Our collaboration with PENCIL has been a game-changer for so many students.”
If you haven’t already, please do take this opportunity to donate. These donations will directly support our ability to respond to the needs of our community and facilitate our response plan.
Importantly, we want you to know that PENCIL’s mission continues!
PENCIL’S RESPONSE PLAN
Open-source Programs for Students
PENCIL is delivering live online workshops and career panels at appointed times every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday with volunteers from a variety of industries. Open to all students from our partner schools, these sessions fill a gap in instruction and provide access to corporate volunteers that teachers need and cannot achieve alone.
Maintaining Scheduled School Partnerships
PENCIL is facilitating, planning meetings, and making curriculum adjustments with business partners and school staff to re-launch their scheduled sessions virtually.
Offering Flexible Virtual Internship Training
PENCIL is providing virtual opportunities for internship students to participate in training workshops, career panels, and one-on-one interview practice with corporate volunteers. We are still actively placing students in summer internships for both anticipated on-site and virtual placements.
Supporting Principals with Access to Executive Mentors
During a regular school year, PENCIL organizes Principal For A Day® in the spring, where corporate executives visit schools to learn from a principal, interact with students and offer peer mentorship. With in-person visits canceled, PENCIL is organizing several webinars and one on one coaching opportunities for executives to share perspectives on critical virtual management tools and techniques while learning from principals about the new reality of education.
We hope that you and your loved ones are healthy and safe. To stay up-to-date with PENCIL’s journey and network with the PENCIL community, stay connected with us on LinkedIn or our other social channels. Together, we will continue connecting students to success.