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1. Portfolio Eveanna Broxton 2. Table of Contents Resume...............................................3 Organizational…
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  • 1. Portfolio Eveanna Broxton
  • 2. Table of Contents Resume...............................................3 Organizational Analysis..............................................6 Challenge Exercise............................................21 Reflection.........................................24 Writing Sample.................................30 References........................................37
  • 3. Resume
  • 4. Eveanna Broxton 409 East Howell Street, Philadelphia, PA 19120 Cell: 267-880-7294 ● E-mail: tud24203@temple.edu Education Temple University Philadelphia, PA Bachelor of Arts in Sociology Anticipated Graduation: May 2016 Professional Experience Project Forward Leap(Non-Profit) Philadelphia, PA Administrative Office Assistant Intern January 2015-present. • Developed new programs to promote and expand center’s mission • Use computer word processing, spreadsheet, and database software to prepare reports, memos, and documents • Sort incoming mail, faxes, and courier deliveries for distribution • Prepare and send outgoing faxes, mail, and courier parcels • Forward incoming general e-mails to the appropriate staff member • Purchase, receive and store the office supplies ensuring that basic supplies are always available Holy Redeemer Health Systems Philadelphia, PA Home Health Aide June 2014-Present • Maintain records of patient care, condition, progress, and problems in order to report and discuss observations with a supervisor or case manager • Provide patients with help moving in and out of beds, baths, wheelchairs or automobiles, and with dressing and grooming • Provide patients and families with emotional support and instruction in areas such as infant care, preparing healthy meals, independent living, and adaptation to disability or illness Shop Rite Philadelphia,PA Hot Food Chef January 2014-Present • Maintain sanitation, health, and safety standards in work areas. • Operate large-volume cooking equipment such as grills, deep-fat fryers, slicers and ovens. • Clean food preparation areas, cooking surfaces, and utensils. • Read food order slips or receive verbal instructions as to food required by patron, and prepare and cook food according to instructions.
  • 5. Forman Mills Philadelphia, PA Customer Service Associate June 2012 – January 2014 • Supervise, stock and up keep Athletic Wear Department • Greeting customers, Increasing sales, Providing Info and answering all questions • Handle all Returns, Exchanges, Lay-a-ways and problem solving Temple University Hospital Philadelphia, PA Pharmacy-Tech Intern June 2011- November 2011 • Filled bottles with prescribed medication and create labels for prescriptions • Dispense medication to the customers waiting at the counter • Build good relations with all the regular customers of the pharmacy Visitation Community Center Philadelphia, PA Receptionist April 2011 – December 2011 • Facilitated curriculum goals, objectives and monitored their development. • Assessed of the lessons, activities and curriculum to ensure statewide standards. • Answer general phone inquiries using a professional and courteous manner • Greet clients and visitors to the organization in a professional and friendly manner Criminal Justice Center Philadelphia, PA Legal Clerk for Jury Selection Commission July 2010- August 2010 • Prepare correspondence and reports requiring the use of a personal computer and justice systems software. Maintains a variety of logs and files of departmental information regarding Petit Jurors and Grand Jurors. • Work with the Jury Commission, Clerk of the Circuit Court, and Administrative Services in processing jurors. • Work directly with the Judges and the court staff in arranging to have jurors present for trials when needed. • Answer questions from attorneys, other office staff and the general public regarding jury issues. Achievements & Awards Home Health Aide Certification(2014) Mathematics Honor Society(2011-2012) Hispanic Honor Society(2011) Holy Redeemer Health Systems, Volunteer (2007 -2009) Computer Skills/Training SPSS, Microsoft Office (Word, Power Point, Excel) Final Cut Pro, Pro Tools, Apple Software
  • 6. Organizational Analysis
  • 7. History Project Forward Leap has a vast history that which was founded almost 25 years ago. “PFL was founded in 1989 in Lancaster PA by a successful businessman and university professor, Dr. Melvin R. Allen, PFL’s current President/CEO. One of twelve siblings who grew up in a North Philadelphia family where education was not a priority, Dr. Allen understands from personal experience that the academic needs and learning environments of disadvantaged inner city and minority children are often considerably different from those of affluent suburban students. PFL’s core components consist of annual summer Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) residential institutes on college campuses and the local school-year Saturday Academy program of tutoring and enrichment.”(Project Forward Leap) Project Forward Leap is an organization striving to enrich students who have the potential to do well and succeed in college. These students need a push and a platform for better education and Project Forward Leap gives its students that. Mission Project Forward Leap is a non-profit organization geared towards the advancement of educational values. Their mission statement is “Project Forward Leap (PFL) is a non-profit seven-year program committed to closing the gaps of academic achievement and developmental opportunities between students with academic promise put at-risk by serious socio-economic disadvantages and their advantaged peers by serving as a catalyst for raising achievement standards in their schools “(Project Forward Leap). The mission statement is basically saying that the program is meant to keep kids in school and have them graduate up to the college level or more. The mission statement is focusing on children who are in low-income neighborhoods because those neighborhoods have the schools that need the most help with educational enrichment.
  • 8. Goals Project Forward Leap has a few goals that they strive to achieve every year of the program. “What differentiates PFL from other education intervention programs is that PFL (1) reaches out to children in the sixth grade before they begin a downward spiral; (2) provides services to them throughout each year of participation until they graduate from high school; (3) prioritizes the teaching of science, technology, engineering, and math presented earlier and at more advanced academic levels than inner city public schools; (4) includes character building strategies that focus on personal growth and academic achievement; (5) encourages students to remain in their home schools and works with participating districts to help them raise educational standards; and (6) requires the active involvement and support of parents. Students who complete the middle school program continue to be served by PFL through high school and the transition to higher learning facilities by continued monitoring of their performances, referrals to successor programs, college/career counseling, college tours, leadership development workshops, and other activities designed to support their educational achievement.” (Project Forward Leap) Project Forward Leap hopes to show students what there future could look like if they were in college. The program is meant to keep students encouraged, involved and ahead of their academic game from middle school through high school. Funding Project Forward Leap is a nonprofit organization which means that they get their money from various sources. Because this organization is private the government does not fund this organization. The money that Project Forward Leap does receive is used as so many different things so it is vital that a specific amount is met every year. Project Forward leap receives money from different sources like grants, donations, foundations, fund raisers and even its students. The only money that is given to project forward leap from the students is a $100 fee that is used to help the program with any
  • 9. incidentals the students may need later in the program. This money is given back to the student in full once they have graduated the program. One of the biggest way project forward leap gets money is by entering in grant contests that gives money to different charities or non-profits. The contests may require the organization to submit an essay or a video that explains something unique about the program. There is also a lot of online grants that the program applies for in which all the program has to do is fill out an application. The next way the program makes its money is by holding fund raiser events. The parents of the students at project forward leap come together and share ideas for how they can make money. Sometimes they have cookouts, bake sales or auctions. Project Forward leap also has events in which they invite wealthy donors to come and see what the children are learning and how they are benefiting from the program. This helps the individual donors to see where their money is and if they want to continue to give. The other way project forward leap gets money is from foundations. This is a private entity that derives its money from a family, an individual, or a corporation. There are many different foundations that project forward leap receives money from. There are also many companies and banks that give project forward leap a set amount of money each year. The hard thing about getting money from all these different sources is being able to meet deadlines and hoping that the company will chose project forward leap to give to. It is vital that PFL gets a certain amount of money each year otherwise they may have to cancel different things within the program in order to cut back on expenses. There are so many things that have to be paid for such as the employees, venues, supplies, room and board, food and much more. Sometimes when there isn’t enough money the first thing project forward leap might have to do is cut back on staff instead of something for the students. Nonprofits have the hardest job of trying to raise funds each year to get everything they want to do done. They have to make connections with different people and businesses so they can continue to get the funds they need to continue the program.
  • 10. Community PFL has a website that gives an over view of their program which says they are a seven-year program committed to closing the gaps of academic achievement and developmental opportunities between students with academic promise put at-risk by serious socio-economic disadvantages and their advantaged peers by serving as a catalyst for raising achievement standards in their schools. The program coordinators speak with counselors in middle schools within Philadelphia, Chester, Harrisburg and Lancaster about recruiting students who may fit well into the program. The point of the program is to gear towards high academically achieving students in schools which are in low-income areas. Unfortunately the population of students in most low income areas is predominately African American and Hispanic in Philadelphia. Project Forward Leap expanded its clientele to Lancaster and Harrisburg hoping to achieve a diversity of students. The program PFL takes the students who complete admittance and send them to a college campus in the summer to basically live the life of a college student. Some of the college campuses the students live on for 3-5 weeks are Bryn Marw, Millersville and Messiah Universities. The students are taken out of their low—income neighborhood and are set in a more middle to upper class neighborhood where they can experience different people and just a different area in general. The students are also placed in a college dorm with a roommate and attend college classes with other classmates in the PFL program. The students are taught a wide variety of classes such as Latin, Literature, Mathematics, Science and Technology. The students are also exposed to the campus cafeteria and landscape with all the outdoor/indoor activities such as the swimming pool or tennis courts. This exposure to the students may give them an experience with some free sources they never had access to where they live. The library and tech lounges with free computers a media technology is available for the students and they are able to explore technology as they may not have living in a low income area.
  • 11. One of the main reasons PFL is placed in the low-income areas of Philadelphia, Chester, Lancaster, and Harrisburg is because of the continuous increase in high school dropout rates in these cities. These cities are known to have high numbers of high school drop outs and very poor neighborhoods. The students who are dropping out of high school the most and lowering the college attendance rates are those who reside in these low-income areas. The purpose of having this program placed in the areas mentioned is so that the coordinators have easy access to the counselors of the students who are doing well in these poorer neighborhoods and can give those students a chance to achieve above and beyond so they can graduate high school and go on to graduate college. Bureaucracy Rules and policies are important to any organization who wants to stay organized and maintain order. There are a lot of different rules that Project forward Leap has for its students, staff and parents. The program is designed to take a student in steps of educational programs to lead to a graduation point. There are many different rules to get a student in the program and have them graduate. There are three main programs that have their own goals and policies that students must follow in order to move on to the next stage of the program. The first rule is that in order for a student to be chosen they must live in the area of Philadelphia, Lancaster, Harrisburg or Chester. The student must be enrolled in a public middle school located in a socio-economically deprived area. The counselor of the school must give recommendations of students who are achieving a grade point average of 3.0 in 6th grade. The program starts with students in the 6th grade level only. If chosen the student must then attend a meeting with the counselor and their parent that explains the program in detail. If the student chooses to be in the program they must then fill out all the necessary paper work to begin the acceptance process. After the paperwork is
  • 12. complete the student and parent attends a series of orientations which are mandatory for information for the program. Look at the projectforwardleap.org website and click on programs to see the rules for how the programs are run throughout the course. The first program which is known as the middle school program begins in the summer. The website explains how PFL targets students from underprivileged backgrounds with academic promise typically enrolled in under performing school districts. Intervention begins in the 6th grade when students are introduced to college life in a multi-week residential Summer College program which they attend for three consecutive summers. The summer program is complimented by a Saturday program during the middle school years. While the student is still in middle school it is a rule that they must attend the Saturday program in which the parent must also attend for a certain amount of hours. The point of the Saturday program is tutoring and learning for various classes that the student will take in their next academic year of school. After the student takes the middle school program and graduates high school they are officially a graduate of that program and can go on to the high school program. The rules is that the student must attend certain workshops and college tours in order to prepare them for college. The website explains the high school program as a four year non-residential high school enrichment program that transitions PFL students to college preparatory studies through: Placement in advanced classes, dual enrollment, high achiever programs, or magnet schools,Academic support and mentoring,College planning and tours, Career counseling and Leadership & Service Learning. It is a policy that students keep in contact with the program and their decision to participate in the activities offered otherwise the program will discontinue their application. A policy that is extremely important to PFL is the involvement of the parents of our students. Students have to succeed with their education and parents play a huge role in their child's motivation for success. PFL encourages parents to be involved in the program with their students by participating in activities we have available for them. This is a good policy because the parents can be aware of how
  • 13. the program helps the students and also be apart of their success in their educational goals. The website explains that the parents/guardians of our students are required to participate in 50+ hours annually in school and community service and attend pertinent workshops offered by PFL. These include computer skills, literacy, and financial counseling which are held simultaneously during the Saturday Academy. In addition, they are expected to show a willingness to learn new parenting strategies to help break the cycle of poor school performance. Laws and Ethics There are many laws that are in place to protect the students that attend Project Forward Leap. Many of the laws are carried out by staff so that students are not discriminated against or have their privacy exposed. Students as well as staff need laws and ethics to keep a sense of peace, balance and safety among everyone. Some of these laws can make it easy for staff and students to communicate and can cause situations to arise. On the other hand, Project forward Leap has these strict guidelines to keep the students safe and secure while they are away from home and family. One of the first laws that come into play when considering employment with students at Project Forward Leap is undergoing a criminal background check. The employee is screened to make sure they do not have any history of abuse or neglect to others that could be a hazard to the children in our program. This process is an important because many employees can lie about their criminal background and can put the students in danger. One other flaw to this is that the employee may have all the right credentials to work with Project Forward Leap but they may have made a mistake in the past which labeled them as a criminal and can effect their
  • 14. chances of getting hired. Another law that Is very important is the 1st amendment to the U.S. Constitution. This law is meant to give students the right to speech, the press , religion and peaceful protest. The staff at Project forward Leap have to respect the students whether they are Muslim, bi-sexual, transgender or atheist. The only situation with this is that the students are typically young 6 graders whose minds should not be bombarded with what other kids are pressuring them with. The main goal is for the students to focus on learning and educating themselves through the program and not bringing home conversations that could upset or shock their parents. The only issue is that parents may feel their child may pick up negative habits or words from other children, and this may reflect on the program and its initiatives. Another law is the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th amendment. This is a law that means that students no matter what their sexual preference is should be protected by the staff from harassment under any circumstances. Sometimes kids are very taunting and like to bully other kids. This is a problem for Project Forward Leap because we have to protect th
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