What Does Participation Look Like?
Participating in this event looks like… FUN!
There are a few steps to the end goal… COMPETING AND DOING YOUR BEST!
First, meet your Peer Mentor!
The first step in training for this event is meeting your peer mentor. We will be holding a meeting for you and your peer mentor to get to know one another. During this meeting, you will be filling out a pre-event questionnaire to discover what kind of knowledge you have about job opportunities in your area. If you need help, your peer mentor will be there to assist you (but not give you the answers). No answer is a wrong answer! After you fill out your questionnaire, you get to choose 5 tasks from a list. These are the tasks the different businesses want you to learn and then compete in on competition day. It is important that you choose tasks with your peer mentor. You want to make sure it is something they feel comfortable helping you learn and train on.
Second, train with your Peer Mentor!
You will have the opportunity at the meeting with your peer mentor to start training on tasks. We will tell you whether this event will be judged on speed, accuracy/quality, or both. This will help you know how to train the best. Your peer mentor will have a breakdown of each task to help you learn it. We call this break down “task analysis.” You and your peer mentor are encouraged to work together the rest of the week during free time (not class time) or after school. Take the time to get to know each other.
On competition day, you will come to the Job-a-Palooza event at Cherry Lake 4H Camp in Madison, FL. You will get with your peer mentor and check-in together, as a team. This is where you will get your t-shirt, team number, and workstation schedule. Then, you will be directed to the waiting area. Once we get everyone checked in, we will greet you with a welcome speech. This speech should get you pumped up to win! But, it will also tell you rules, your responsibilities, etc. After this, the competition begins!!!
This is where you and your peer mentor will follow your workstation schedule, in order, to make sure you compete in all 5 of your tasks. Your peer mentor can cheer for you and coach you through difficult parts from the side, but they cannot help you in any other way. Do your best… top winners of the day will get prizes!
After you get through all of your tasks, turn in your workstation schedule back at the same table you checked in. You and your peer mentor will be given a post-event questionnaire to fill out. It will be similar to pre-event questionnaire you completed at the meeting. Answer it honestly and to the best of your ability. Afterward, you are welcomed to explore the different business tables and meet other teams. When everyone has finished competing, we will enjoy lunch and an award ceremony.
What sort of tasks could businesses ask you to learn and showcase?
Mechanic Shop: Change a tire, Check a tire for holes, Patch a tire, Take apart and put back together a simple part.
Grocery Store: Stock shelves, Bag groceries, Scan items, Accepting cash and making change
Office: Alphabetize paperwork, File 10 items, Sort uncollated copies, Prepare packets
Restaurant: Roll silverware, Bus and clean tables, Take a food order, Serve food, Clean menus.
Farm: Move/stack small square hay bales, Repair fence, Paint barn wood,
Why Should You Participate?
- Get $100 Stipend just for participating (think of it as getting paid to learn and train on your 5 new skills)
- Make new friends/connections with your peer mentor and other competitors
- Learn new job skills and show businesses that you are a potential job candidate
- Win prizes when you compete against others to showcase your awesome new skills!
- Earn bragging rights when you take home a prize (because we know you will bring it!)!
REGISTER BY AUGUST 27TH!
THIS EVENT IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY
This event is sponsored by the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation