Below are brief summaries of lessons from each session. The Student Resource Page at the bottom contains links that were used in respective sessions.
- CRA Sponsors & Partners
- Session 1
- Session 2
- Session 3
- Session 4
- Session 5
- Session 6
- Session 7
- Session 8
- Session 9
- Session 10
- Student Resource Page
- Participating Schools
The DEC and participating students would like to acknowledge the following CRA Sponsors
Session 1 Focus: Personal Brand
Students learned what a brand is and that they represent a brand – their own! Factors contributing to a solid brand are authenticity, consistency, and alignment with one’s core values. Success Skills were introduced in this session, which are a series of soft skills that every employer desires in a job candidate.
Session 2 Focus: LinkedIn Profiles
Session 3 Focus: Career Exploration
Students learned how to explore career paths, the breadth of careers and how to be mindful of how society and technology may impact future careers.
Session 4 Focus: Career Economics
Students were taught career economics which included education and training costs for careers, as well as income potential. They also participated in a personal budget exercise where they learned the impacts of choices on their budgets.
Session 5 Focus: Trade Skills
The DEC partnered with Junior Achievement to have students attend JA's Journey to Jobs career fair featuring companies from many industries.
Session 6 Focus: Sell Yourself
Students were taught basic interview skills and practiced their elevator pitches.
Session 7 Focus: Dining Etiquette
The DEC partnered with Linda Hagan, Professor of Marketing at Walsh College, to coach students on the art and proper etiquette of business dining. DTE Energy Chairman and CEO, Gerry Anderson, gave advice to the students on how to build off the skills that they have been learning throughout the CRA program.
Session 8 Focus: Networking & Professional Etiquette
Students visited one of their Young Leader Mentor's workplace and received tips on Networking and Professional Etiquette.
Session 9 Focus: CRA GraduationThe students utilized the skills they learned in CRA at a DEC luncheon by networking and delivering their elevator pitch to DEC Members.
Session 10 Focus: CRA DebriefStudents and CRA Mentors met one last time at their respective schools to have a debrief, fill out surveys, and discuss the next steps in staying connected.
- Add a background photo to your LinkedIn
- What a High School LinkedIn Profile Should Look Like: (Source: LinkedIn)
- Reasons Why High Schoolers Should Have a LinkedIn Profile: (Source: Forbes)
- Complete Career Assessment (Source: Schoolcraft College)
AGBU Alex & Marie Manoogian School
Birmingham Groves High School
Cesar Chavez Academy High School
Communication and Media Arts High School
Dakota High School
Detroit Collegiate Prep
Divine Child High School
Farmington Hills Harrison
Frontier International Academy
International Academy East
Jalen Rose Leadership Academy
Madison High School
Melvindale High School
Northville High School
Oak Park High School
Pinckney Community High School
Renaissance High School
Rochester High School
University Prep Academy
University Prep Science and Math
Utica Academy for International Studies
Warren Mott High School