The Him By Her Village for at Risk Youth
The Him By Her Village
The HBH Village program can be a five-day, in school or after school program, with students/program participants spending the first four days in intense training (e.g., 4:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.), learning such things as financial literacy, the job market and job preparation, the court system, economics, the consequences of involvement with the criminal justice system, the value of education, and others. Meanwhile, HBHF staff train volunteers and teachers during the day to assist the students throughout the week(e.g., 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.). On the fifth day, the students immerse themselves in the The HBH Village experience, learning real-life, real-world lessons and consequences, and exposing them to information and tools to help them make better life choices.
The HBH Village at risk youth programs combine a dynamic integrated curriculum, with a powerful hands-on experience. Students apply and integrate math, language arts, financial literacy, social studies, civics, technology skills, teamwork and critical thinking. Students take on roles as employees, government officials, consumers and citizens while running businesses, organizations and government offices. Students create resumes, job applications, have real job interviews, get hired to a business where they work together as a team. Business teams apply and integrate math, language arts, critical thinking, financial literacy, creative arts, as they prepare their business, agency or organization, to do business in their city.
Students learn about the major parts of a community. They explore the interaction of individuals, business, organizations, local, regional and federal governments. Students learn the rules, responsibilities, laws and expectations that citizens, business and government has placed on them. Students work individually and in a team throughout their stay on a project they select to benefit a local non-profit charity to learn that philanthropy and giving back is an important part of the free enterprise system and our community.
Students learn how their interests and skills can be linked to various career alternatives. Students practice work related skills such as being punctual, dressing appropriately, working as an individual and as part of a team resolving conflict and teamwork. Students learn the value of teamwork as they participate in problem solving activities, conflict resolution, negotiation, collaboration, respect and networking.
Students learn about the flow of economic activity. They explore the flow of goods, services, and resources between people and businesses, as well as the money flow that occurs for exchange purposes.
Students learn the steps required to apply for and obtain a job. They engage in hands on activities, including completion of job applications, resume writing, career research, and obtaining letter of reference. They have real job interviews with faculty and local business employees holding the interviews. Finally students explore the many career opportunities available to them, and the career and education pathways to realize them.
As students engage in a series of hands on learning and life skills activities they are prepared for hands on simulations, students learn that government plays an important role in an economy by providing public goods and services, paid for by tax revenues. Students learn about the balances involved and will experience the consequences of their group decisions and the effects of taxation.
Students examine the local, regional, national and global economies. They will examine that trade and commerce in the free enterprise system occurs locally, regionally, nationally and intentionally.
The international economy will be explored and students will have the unique opportunity to explore and engage in communication, trade and commerce of the goods and services, with students from other HBH Village programs.
Students will complete a business loan application to a bank and some will attempt to secure venture or government funding. Student teams will examine their business cost and expenses building and planning budgets. Students learn the importance of setting the price of goods and services to earn a profit and they will prepare advertising plans to market their business goods and services.
Students learn about elections, campaign and hold elections for positions heading up the city’s government and judicial system. Older students will elect a City Council with far reaching budgetary and lawmaking responsibilities. Students will explore the local individual, property and business tax implications required to maintain a city.
Students brainstorm and share the characteristics of a quality business. What it takes to get a business started and keep it going, define revenues of the business and discuss best practices. Students learn about operating a business and then create and present a business plan that is utilized in the simulated city.
Students learn that having a checkbook with checks does not mean there is money in the account. Participation in hands - on activities students learn of banking services such as cash management, checking and saving accounts. Students will learn about investing individually and with their businesses and the dynamics of these decisions.
Students learn and experience how people as citizens within a community live, work, interact and trade with others. Students engage in hand on activities learn the rights and responsibilities of good citizenship.
Students will learn the importance of balancing income and spending, exploring wants, needs and opportunity costs. Learn of the importance of saving as part of their responsible personal financial well being. Learn and experience the value of spending, to attain personal goods and services or important quality of life things.