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Sankofa Rite of Passage Presentation.

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Sankofa Rites of Passage
for African American
Middle School Girls Presented by
Michelle D. Houston Sankofa means? Program Model Mission... Gender centered lifeclass leadership development rites of passage program, focusing on culture, identity, self-esteem and collective responsibility. Designed for middle school adolescent females of color, ages 11-14, with an emphasis on cultural identity, mental, emotional, and spiritual development for
a successful transition into
young womanhood. Personal History August September October November December January February March April May June Orientation
Month 1
Sisterhood Building Month 2
Character & Community Month 3
Cultural Knowledge Month 4
Leadership Training Month 5
Defining Our Beauty Month 6
Love Thy Self & Being Loved Month 7
Walking in your Purpose Month 8
Applying life class
principles into practice Month 9
Journal Sharing Month 10
Rites of Passage
Graduation Orientation Picnic/Program with
Parents and girls in program

1. Outline your goals,objectives, activities
and program needs.
2. Review the parents' role
and collaboration with program
3. Induction with charge of commitment - alumni/current students present to speak about their experience to new 6th graders. 1. Friendships building
2.Self image and identity
3. Begin monthly journal
on rites of passage experience 1. Character
2. Bridge to Community Building -
begin community volunteer activity 1. Who am I? Cultural Context
2. Celebration of our culture activities
*favorite family recipes, invite elders
to speak about adolescent memories,
give advice, fellowship* 1. Decision Making
2. Teamwork skills
3. Communication Skills 1. A look at body image - mainstream
social acceptance/self acceptance/
cultural acceptance
2. Our Hair-story - loving our hair 1. Self Love/Self Care & Affirmation

2. Friendships 1. Passion & Purpose - hobbies you love?

2. When I grow up - career aspirations 1. Spring break retreat
2. Outdoor Team Building
3. College tour for 8th graders 1. Reflection
2. Sharing Rites of Passage Journals
3. Prep for program graduation Graduation Ceremony! Orientation Intergration Related Careers Basic Elements Job Outlook Education Requirements ~ 2 to 3 years undergraduate study mainly on biology, chemistry, & anatomy
~ Must pass PCAT (Pharmacy College Admissions Test)
~ Must receive Pharm.D by completing 4 year program that revolves around pharmacology & medical ethics
~ Supervised work/intern experiences in hospital (1500 hours)
~ Pass NAPLEX & MPJE license exams
~ In her interview, my cousin Rebecca said that being accepted into Pharm. school is probably the hardest achievement in becoming a pharmacist Important Skills ~ Analytical skills (Must be able to evaluate customer's needs, doctor's orders, & know effects/circumstances of giving out specific meds)
~ Communication skills (Need to be able to advise & explain medications to customers & direct techs & interns)
~ Detail orientated (Vital to be accurate when filling meds)
~ Managerial skills (Necessary to run pharmacy & oversee staff)
~ Patience (This was told me to me by Rebecca in her interview, who said that this plus being able to stay calm is vital, especially when dealing with difficult customers or issues involving doctors/insurance companies) Responsibilities ~ Fill prescriptions, verify instructions, check interactions of meds & conditions of patient, instruct patients how & when to take meds, advise patients about side effects & general health topics, keep records, complete insurance forms & work with insurance companies, etc.
~ This correlates well to what Rebecca replied when asked about her daily responsibilities, which include working out insurance problems, speaking with doctors about dosage issues, counseling patients on meds, & verifying prescriptions and possible interactions/health concerns. Salary & Career Outlook ~ Median wage in 2010 was $111,570, with lowest salary being around $82,000 and the highest being $138,000
~ Estimated that employment for pharmacists is expected to increase by 25% from 2010 to 2020, while the estimated % increase for all occupations is only 14%
~ Estimated shortfall of 157,000 pharmacists by 2020
~ This is due to growing dependence on prescription medications, extended insurance coverage for them, & growing healthcare reforms
~ Rebecca also presented pharmacy as having a positive future outlook, stating there are hundreds of positions everywhere and numerous ways to use your degree (retail, hospital, clinical, consultant, cosmetic, law)
~ Odd hours, nights, weekends & holidays
~ Full time pharmacists work at least 40+ hours/week
Sources: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Health care/Pharmacists.htm#tab-6
http://www.aacp.org/resources/student/pharmacyforyou/Pages/joboutlook.aspx Biochemists & Biophysicists ~ Study chemical & physical properties of living things & biological processes
~ Doctorial/Prof. degree
~ $70,930 Medical Scientists ~ Conduct research to improve overall human health through clinical trials, etc.
~ Doctorial/Prof. degree
~ $76,700 Pharmacy Techs ~ Assist licensed pharmicists dispense medication
~ HS Diploma
~ 28,400 Doctors/Surgeons ~ Diagnose/treat injuries, prescribe meds, perform/analyze diagnostic tests, operate to treat injuries
~ Doctorial/prof, degree
~ At least $166,400 Registered Nurses ~ Provide/coordinate patient care, educate patients, & provide advice/emotional support to patients and families
~ Associate's Degree
~ 64,690 Work Environments ~ Pharmacies, drug stores, hospitals, grocery stores, department stores, other general merchandise stores Source used for "related careers": http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Healthcare/Pharmacists.htm#tab-6 Source for "Basic Elements": http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Healthcare/Pharmacists.htm#tab-6
Exploration Me Pharmacy Skills Strengths ~ Strong work ethic (Will need this to excel through 6 years of my pharmacy education, especially studying for numerous licensure tests & PCAT)
~ Responsible (Vital to balance my education & social life)
~ Good math/science skills (Necessary to understand & learn fundamentals of pharmacology, as well as applying in the actual field)
~ Computer literacy (This is basically becoming necessary for any career, but important for Pharmacy to keep records, data, & transmit prescriptions electronically)
~ Analytical skills (Important to evaluate customer's needs, doctor's orders, and understand effects & interactions of drugs)
~ Attention to detail (Very important for picking right drugs & dosages)
~ Communication skills (Need to be able to educate customers on their drugs, work with other staff within the pharmacy, and guide pharm. techs & interns)
~ Preparing drugs (Math, science, analytical skills, attention to detail)
~ Drug knowledge/assessment (memorization, analytical, math/science skills)
~ Supervising others (Communication)
~ Verify prescriptions (Communication, analysis skills)
~ Work out issues with doctors & insurance companies (Communication, analysis)

*Obviously, communication is a vital skill for pharmacy, as it is used in almost everything. This works out well for me, since I scored highest in communications in my Cops test. ~ Strong work ethic
~ Creativity
~ Open-mindedness
~ Motivated to learn
~ Persistence
~ Communication ~ A strong work ethic will help me be successful through my education
~ Creativity allows me to think of new, productive ways to conceptualize things, which will help me stand out when applying to Pharmacy school & later on supervising a pharmacy
~ Being open-minded allows me to examine things from all sides & weigh evidence, which is important in analyzing prescriptions & how they will affect certain people with different health conditions & other prescriptions
~ Being motivated to learn is very useful because it will keep me energized to pursue all six years of my education & excel through it
~ Communication is again, a key trait, as I will need it to counsel customers & work with other doctors, pharmacists, & insurance agents Curriculum Goals Social/Emotional Intelligence, Character Building, Confidence, Leadership Graduation Goals/Objectives
Improved self-confidence
 Communication and Problem Solving Skills
 Personal Responsibility
 Conflict Resolution
 Creative Self-Expression
 Leadership and Teamwork skills
 Healthy Body and Self Awareness
 Coping Skill Techniques
 Healthy adolescence & path to womanhood
 Completion of a transformative rite of passage Intervention Details
1. Program academic year for 6th - 8th grade adolescent african-american girls in public/private or parochial school setting.
2. Weekly - hour long sessions in a school based/weekend prgrammatic setting or after school program setting
3. Group setting - each grade group with their grade peers Evaluation Procedures
1. End of year focus group with 8th grade girls and parents to measure impact of program
2. Survey Monkey - given to all student particpants and familes at the end of every program year.
3. Program Questionaire - given to program partcipants on what aspects of program can be improved, added or removed. Program Structure
I. Leadership
School Counselor led in social/emotional life class model. Teachers can be trained.
Collaborative activites with parents
who can assist & participate in activities
II. Funding
1. School Program/AfterSchool budget
2. Student Fund raising efforts for trips/activities and celebrations
3. Apply for school based grants to fund the entire program model 6th Grade Curriculum: Girls focus on self; lessons in positive self-esteem, awareness, confidence, image & qualities of a good friend. These issues occur in a series of weekly activities: group discussion, art, and journaling. 7th Grade Curriculum: focus on collective responsibility and "knowing thy self". They become “big sisters” for the incoming 6th graders. Girls will explore their personal unique qualities, identify their strengths and weaknesses. They learn about positive affirmations, moral intelligence, goal setting, and belief systems, and build upon life class exploration they began in sixth grade. 8th grade focuses on relationships with peers, community building and volunteerism. research in preparation for their rites of passage. Tasks include research, presentations, communication skilks, connect with elders in their families, communities, and exploring career interests. Upon completion of the program, 8th grade girl will prepare a presentation to be given to the 6th and 7th graders. They will reflect, share highlights and pass on torched of wisdom to their younger program sisters what they've learned. The program concludes with life class tools they've prepared in their journals from 6th - 8th grade that will prepare her for high school and her future. The End Swahili Sankofa embodies three concepts:
1. Honoring the past
2. Finding one's purpose in the present
3. Discovering one's destiny. The Middle
7th Grade In the Beginning
6th Grade Completion: Know Thy Self
8th Grade Sample Monthly Program
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