Find Your Wings’ programs empower youth “to work not just to make a living, but to work to make a life.” — Eric Butterworth
Find Your Wings provides a variety of options for career development services for youth grades 4 through 12. Inspired by the life and legacy of Tuskegee Airman, Dr. Eugene Richardson. We create the environment for youth to build their dreams, crystallize their desires and to develop the discipline to make their dreams come true. We help youth to visualize their legacies and to see themselves.
FIND YOUR WINGS PROGRAM OVERVIEW
What is Find Your Wings?
Find Your Wings (FYW) is a youth career development program that provides interactive workshops and personality assessments for youth to know themselves, and therefore make good choices to have the life they want. It fosters a spirit of independence and inner guidance while incorporating 21st century skills. The program is inspired by the legacy of Tuskegee Airman, Dr. Eugene Richardson. We intend to create the environment for youth to build their dreams, crystallize their desires and develop the discipline to make their dreams come true.
Our mission is to grow the career potential of youth in grades 4 through 12. We are the connecting link between student self discovery and career development.
The founders are Dr. Eugene Richardson a career educator, and Dr. Helen Richardson a career coach and human resource development consultant and creator of the innovative Find Your WingsTM model and approach. For more information, go to www.fywings.org.
Why Was It Created?
To provide the environment for students to learn about their capabilities so that they will be encouraged to prepare for and enter into postsecondary education and complete programs consistent with their passions and interests. The goal is for students to become career and college ready.
“Creating conditions that foster student success in college has never been more important. As many as four fifths of high school graduates need some form of post secondary education (McCabe 2000 as found in Kuh, Kinzie, Buckley 2006) to prepare them to live a economically self sufficient life and to deal with the increasingly complex social, political, and cultural issues they will face. . . . There is considerable leakage in the educational “pipeline.” According to the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education (2004), out of every 100 ninth graders, 68 graduate from high school, 40 immediately enter college, 27 are still enrolled their sophomore year, and only 18 complete any type of post-secondary education within 6 years of graduating high school.” (What Matters to Student Success: A Review of the Literature, July 2006)
What Services Are Provided?
• Career Development Workshops and Coaching as out of school time experiences – Approach is modular and customizable. Collaborations with counselors and administrators from non-profits, public/private schools and faith-based organizations who wish to grow the career success potential of their 4th-12th grade students and program participants.
• Career Camp – It is anticipated that, in June, 2014, FYW will include a summer camp 2-week, on-campus total immersion experience for 4th through 11th grade youth. They will explore the world of work through hands-on projects mentored by seasoned professionals. This program is designed to provide students with the opportunity to thrive in an ethnically diverse, income-blind, nonjudgmental setting.
• Parent, Counselor and Service Provider Workshops – Provide guidance and support to individuals and organizations committed to igniting the flame to help students achieve what they envision.