Student Blog Contest Winner

Today we’re featuring a guest post from Maryland student Jahzara T who shares how Radius – STEM Career Readiness™ helped her realize how math will help her achieve her career goals. Congrats to Jahzara for being one of our student blog contest winners!

Student: Jahzara T
Teacher: David Lai
School: Thomas Johnson Middle School
State: Maryland
Sponsor: American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

In the future, I plan on working in any field related to science (specifically biology) and traveling the world. I also hope to earn a Ph.D. in college and complete missionary work within the environment in other countries. In order to complete these tasks, math will play a huge role. In our everyday lives, math is all around us. The EverFi Radius course helped me understand certain topics in math more and also introduced me to some key concepts that I have never learned before. In this program, I learned how to decrypt or encrypt binary numbers, different systems and networks, and also reviewed other skills, like using formulas involving pi and using the order of operations. Radius incorporates real-life scenarios to help me understand how different formulas or processes can be used in everyday life. Not only did it teach lessons about certain topics, but it also provided a list of careers that I could choose from. Even though examples from the real world were given, the program also found a way to make it fun to complete the activities. I was first assigned as an agent and could make a customized character. I was then given an agent file and a smartphone with applications to unlock as I completed certain modules. EverFi Radius was not only educational, but fun as well.

Student Blog Contest Winner

Today we’re featuring a guest post from Michigan student Emily L who shares how the EverFi – Financial Literacy™ course taught her that it’s important for every person to learn about personal finance, regardless of what career they want to pursue. Congrats to Emily for being one of our student blog contest winners!

Student: Emily L
Teacher: Christy McGee
School: Saline High School
State: Michigan
Sponsor: TCF Bank

Prior to going through the EverFi program I didn’t have a very good understanding of anything financial. Upon completion of this program, I gained a greater understanding of a variety of finance related topics. In essence, EverFi gave me a preview of what else is out there. The unknown is often intimidating, but this program showed me that the world of finance is nothing to fear, but rather something to embrace and even benefit from.

I used to be turned away by the topic of finance. I figured that since I do not want a career at a bank or something along those lines, I did not actually need to pay attention to such a topic. Wrong! We make financial choices all day long that could be detrimental if we aren’t aware of the impact they are making. I learned that financial mistakes can have a lasting impact. If EverFi hadn’t gone into detail about the hazards of using a credit card, it might not stick in my mind as something to be hyper aware of. Even though I still do not love learning about finance, I at least have a better idea of it and I know not to fear it.

Thanks to EverFi, I now put more thought into my purchases. Is it a need or a want? Is there something else I am saving up for? Those are common questions I ask myself more frequently after completing the program. In addition, I now take a couple dollars out of each paycheck I receive and put them in my savings account rather than deposit the whole paycheck into my checking account. I believe this is a smart choice that will benefit me in the future. I think that it is cool that EverFi influenced me to do so.

Announcing the Student Blog Contest Winners!

Thank you to the record number of students who submitted blog contest entries this year! We loved reading all the stories about how EverFi courses have had a positive impact on your lives, and we can’t wait to share them on the blog in the coming weeks. Congratulations winners!

Emily L, Saline High, Michigan

Jahzara T, Thomas Johnson Middle, Maryland

Luis G, Middle College High, California

Eric C, Sterling Heights Senior High, Michigan

Eowyn M, Westbook Middle, Maine

K12 Tools for Teaching Financial Literacy

To kick off Financial Literacy Month we’re reflecting on the good that is happening in financial education. For instance, a recent survey found that nearly 9 out of 10 parents report talking to their kids about personal finance! That’s an 18% increase since 2003.

Teachers know that while parental education is an important piece, school-based lessons are critical to filling the gaps. Whether your students are mini-moguls or not, there’s always more they can learn about money. Here are two resources teachers can use in their classrooms this April:
 Vault – Understanding Money™ (Elem/Middle) – Topics include needs vs.  wants, responsible money choices, impulse buying, career planning
 EverFi – Financial Literacy (High School) – Topics include banking,  saving, credit  scores, taxes, insurance, FAFSA, consumer protection 

Need Help Channeling Student Activism? – Ten Strategies for Sexual Assault Awareness Month

The arrival of April also brings the arrival of Sexual Assault Awareness Month – a time in which many colleges and universities ramp up their prevention efforts with a vast array of programs geared towards this important issue. Students are often on the front lines of organizing events, generating dialogue, and demonstrating a personal commitment to raising awareness. While student involvement can be an incredible driving force around this issue, it’s important that campus administrators work collaboratively to guide and support their efforts. Here are ten tips to help you make the most of this collaboration.

1. Connect with Student Leaders

Reach out to activists, opinion leaders, and other influential students on campus. Determine who is engaged with different activities and events, and what their efforts entail. As necessary, introduce student leaders to one another to help them maximize their outcomes. Also consider sharing your aspirations regarding ending violence on your campus, engaging students as allies in your continued efforts throughout the year.

2. Support Student Leaders and Event Organizers

Play a hand in organizing events. Provide ways for students to partner with your office, share resources, and promote services. Consider hosting, sponsoring, or contributing to events—students will appreciate it. In turn, demonstrate your appreciation of student efforts. Positive recognition goes a long way!

3. Educate Student Leaders and Support Event Learning Outcomes

Train students on strategies for hosting a successful event, and best practices for prevention. Support students in considering educational outcomes and key messages for events that go beyond simply raising awareness. Enlist students to create materials to support intended outcomes.

4. Contribute (and Gather) Information

Offer talking points and statistics for students to utilize. Think about the messages that you want all students to be receiving, and share them with those students who will be helping with programs. Ensure that students know of available resources, are equipped with strategies for supporting survivors or overcoming resistance, and have a general understanding of university-wide efforts currently in place (or in the works). Create a feedback loop to incorporate new ideas and improve future efforts – this can be a fantastic learning process for students and professionals alike.

5. Focus on the Positives and Correct Misperceptions

Encourage framing messages around positive norms, emphasizing the promotion of healthy behaviors rather than focusing solely on preventing unhealthy ones. Misperceptions of social norms often exist among students, with a tendency to overestimate negative attitudes and behaviors of peers while underestimating the positive. Show students that they are part of a healthy majority on campus, and empower them to create the safe campus community they want to live and learn in.

6. Build Bridges and Connect the Dots

Demonstrate how events during Sexual Assault Awareness Month fit into the bigger picture of campus prevention. Find ways to connect these events with other prevention work happening on campus. You’ll likely have a captive audience – use it to generate momentum towards ongoing events throughout the year. This is also a great time to encourage other stakeholders to get involved.  Collaboration is key!

7. Be Present

Attend events being hosted by student groups. Bring materials and maintain visibility for your office at these events. Simply being there is an important demonstration of your accessibility, commitment, and support.

8. Be Mindful of Media

This is often a time during which media attention to the topic of sexual assault is heightened. Schools may be eager to showcase their efforts through student, local, or even national news, and this can be a great way of increasing awareness on a larger scale. That said, it is important to be respectful of survivors and their wishes. Events like “Take Back The Night” can be a profound experience for those who participate, and as such it is crucial that participants are informed if media will be present. If a media outlet has expressed an interest, connect with them beforehand to establish expectations and boundaries, inform students if there are events where media will be present, and consider writing an official statement that you can share to accurately convey your efforts.

9. Provide Follow-Up and Ongoing Support

Be aware that this can be a challenging and emotionally charged issue for students to take on, particularly if they have a personal connection to sexual assault. Provide opportunities for students to discuss their thoughts about the events, especially if efforts failed to meet their expectations. Validate any feelings that may arise from their involvement in programming, and remind them of available resources on campus should they need them.

10. Show Gratitude

Students quite often have a great deal on their plates. As such, when they volunteer their time and energy to raise awareness about this issue, they are likely doing so because of a true connection to it. Remind them that their involvement is valued and meaningful.  A hand-written thank you note, a follow-up email, or an end-of-month celebration for volunteers are all small gestures than can be incredibly meaningful.

EverFi at NASPA National 2016: Five Sessions on Preventing Campus Sexual Assault, Addressing Alcohol Abuse, and Promoting Wellness in Diverse Student Populations

We are proud to share that members of the EverFi Partner Education team will be presenting five sessions at the upcoming NASPA National Conference taking place in Indianapolis. From climate surveys to policy-driven windows of opportunity—and a whole host of unique student populations along the way—this year’s NASPA Conference highlights EverFi’s commitment to thought leadership and comprehensive prevention research.

If you will be attending NASPA, please check out the session information below. We hope you’ll consider attending one of our presentations! The EverFi team will also be available at booth #606 in the Exhibit Hall – we encourage you to stop by and connect with us, and check out some of the great materials we’ll have at our booth to support your work.

If you won’t be at NASPA this year, we’ll miss you. But please don’t hesitate to reach out if you’re interested in finding out more about the cutting-edge prevention research we’re doing and how we can support you further in the important work you do to keep your campuses thriving.

***EVERFI SESSIONS AT THE NASPA NATIONAL 2016 CONFERENCE*** 

Addressing Mission-Critical Institutional Priorities Using Campus Climate Surveys

Day/Time: Monday, March 14 (8:30 AM – 9:20 AM)

Location:  Meeting Room 136 – Convention Center

Presenters: Rob Buelow (EverFi), Kelley Adams (MIT)

Session Description: Sexual assault is widely prevalent yet vastly underreported, leaving campuses with incomplete information about the scope and nature of occurrence. As a result, administrators face significant challenges in providing adequate and effective services to prevent and respond to sexual assault. These deficiencies create ripples that impact all facets of our institutions from student wellness to retention. Presenters will provide important context about the merits of climate surveys and their value for achieving mission-critical priorities.

The Need for Collecting College-Specific Health Data of LGBTQ Students

Day/Time: Monday, March 14 (1:15 PM – 2:05 PM)

Location:  Meeting Room 136 – Convention Center

Presenters: Kimberley Timpf (EverFi), Sherri Darrow (University at Buffalo)

Session Description: A lack of data on the health of LGBTQ students means that colleges and universities are left to guess about protective and risk factors and health interventions for this population. The presenters will explore the implications of this challenge and discuss insights gathered as a result of adding sexual orientation and gender identity questions to national and campus-level surveys. Participants will be provided with resources to assist with the process of collecting similar data on their campus.

Shining a Light on Overlooked Student Populations for Sexual and Relationship Violence Prevention

Day/Time: Monday, March 14 (2:30 PM – 3:20 PM)

Location:  Meeting Room 138 – Convention Center

Presenters: Rob Buelow (EverFi), Holly Rider-Milkovich (University of Michigan)

Session Description: Presenters will explore primary and secondary research on the knowledge, attitudes, perceptions, experiences, and behaviors of often overlooked student populations, including graduate students, community and technical college students, and adult learners. The presenters will share experiential and data-driven insights on working with these students and describe the collaborative process of developing a unique approach to effectively provide prevention education to non-traditional student groups around sexual and relationship violence.

Addressing High-Risk Behaviors in Fraternities and Sororities: Evidence-based and Data-driven Prevention

Day/Time: Tuesday, March 15 (2:30 PM – 3:20 PM)

Location:  Meeting Room 138 – Convention Center

Presenters: Erin McClintock (EverFi), Nicole Cavallaro (EverFi)

Session Description: The presenter will review challenges facing campus and headquarters staff in addressing high-risk behaviors among fraternity and sorority members, providing a framework for developing effective prevention efforts. It will review data from in-course GreekLifeEdu surveys, reflecting attitudes, behaviors, and experiences of approximately 65,000 – 70,000 new members in 2015. This session aims to empower staff with effective approaches, to engage students in solutions, and to raise the profile of healthy and responsible Greek-affiliated students.

Leveraging the Current Regulatory Landscape to Support Broader Campus Prevention Initiatives

Day/Time: Tuesday, March 15 (2:30 PM – 3:20 PM)

Location:  Meeting Room 136 – Convention Center

Presenters: Kimberley Timpf (EverFi), Rob Buelow (EverFi)

Session Description: Heightened attention to campus sexual violence has student affairs leaders asking, “How can finite resources be allocated to appropriately address a growing set of mandates and responsibilities around this critical issue without losing focus on broader wellness and safety challenges?” The presenters will discuss cross-cutting public health frameworks and mission-critical priorities that can be leveraged to inspire collaborative efforts and insure we stay focused on doing the best work possible to address these interconnected issues.

Student Blog Contest 2015-2016

Today we’re featuring a guest post from Mississippi student Jack D who shares how the EverFi – Financial Literacy course taught him how to make good choices with money now to help him reach his goals in the future. Congrats to Jack for being one of our student blog contest winners!

Student: Jack D
Teacher: Dee Self
School: Rosa Scott High School
State: Mississipi
Sponsor: Trustmark

The EverFi program has helped me greatly in realizing the potential that I have. The positive impact that EverFi has had on my life is something that most people would see as something small. In reality, the effect of this program has been huge and will provide me with good opportunities in the future. The program has taught me to have a greater respect for money than I previously did. I now realize that money is valuable and it does not come easily. Before EverFi, I was a very impulsive spender. Now I would consider myself very frugal, especially for a student in high school. I currently have a job that I work on weekends that pays plenty for a 9th grade employee, but I used to spend all of my money within days of getting it. Now with that money I have started a college fund that has risen above one thousand dollars! This will help me get the education I aspire for at a university that I might not be able to afford otherwise. I plan to implement the financial skills taught to me by Everfi for the rest of my life. I have plans to begin investing in the stock market once I feel I have a comfortable enough budget. I would have never known how to invest or even what the stock market was if not for the education provided by this program. I know that in the future, whether I’m buying a car, renting an apartment, or anything else that has to do with money, I can have confidence and knowledge behind my decisions.

To learn more about EverFi – Financial Literacy, visit: http://everfi.com/k12/everfi-k-12-finliteracy/

Student Blog Contest 2015-2016

Today we’re featuring a guest post from Middle Schooler Jocelyn who shares how the Ignition – Digital Literacy & Responsibility course taught her how technology works and how to use it responsibly. Congrats to Jocelyn for being one of our student blog contest winners!

Student: Jocelyn C.
Teacher: Alice Toler
School: Mary Potter Middle
State: North Carolina
Sponsor: National Hockey League (NHL), National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA), Charlotte Hurricanes

There are many ways in which Ignition has positively impacted my life. Thanks to Ignition, I now know that there are ways in which I can help prevent someone from doing something bad using technology. I also know that even the smallest joke can be considered cyberbullying and that is a very bad thing to do. Another thing I learned was that I can prevent myself from being involved in fraud or spams by simply knowing what an authentic email looks like compared to a fake one. I also learned that I don’t have to go with default settings and, when creating an account on the internet, the less information I put, the safer I am. I also learned that there are ways to know whether an internet site is safe or not. Thanks to EverFi I know how to buy a computer depending on my needs. The information that EverFi has provided for me has changed the way in which I navigate the internet and how I use technology because now I know how to be safe and use technology in a good way. The lessons in EverFi will help me in the future because no matter what job I have I will probably use the internet and will know how to navigate it properly. EverFi has really helped me be better with how I use technology.

To learn more about Ignition – Digital Literacy & Responsibility, visit: http://everfi.com/k12/ignition/

Student Blog Contest 2015-2016

Today we’re featuring a guest post from Middle Schooler Destinee who shares how the Ignition – Digital Literacy & Responsibility  course taught her how technology works and how to use it responsibly to help her meet her goals. Congrats to Destinee for being one of our student blog contest winners!

Student: Destinee T
Teacher: Minnie Abdu
School: Bailey APAC Middle School
State: Mississipi
Sponsor: Community Foundation of Nothwest Mississippi

The world is at a time when technology is becoming bigger and bigger. It’s exciting and a little frighting to see where technology will take us. EverFi was an engaging and really fun program for teaching me what I can do now. I was always interested in technology and EverFi gave me ideas about how to become better at using it. Ignition taught me how to plan and monitor my internet and texting use and the consequences for spending too much time online. This has helped me a lot because I used to spend too much time on the internet and I wanted to stop but didn’t know how. Ignition helped me get a plan to use the web more responsibly. I want to be a writer when I grow up and I’ve been wanting to start a blog. Ignition gave me a few ideas of what to do. It also taught me what I can’t post online because of copyright and reminded me not to be a cyberbully. I also learned what to do if I am cyber bullied myself. Overall, I’m really glad my teacher assigned EverFi Ignition to use and it’s one of the most fun things I’ve done in my ICT class so far. As technology continues to develop I will use what I learned from EverFi Ignition to keep me up to date and safe.

To learn more about Ignition – Digital Literacy & Responsibility, visit: http://everfi.com/k12/ignition/

Digital Learning Day is Here!

At EverFi, we are so grateful to all of the educators out there currently using technology in the classroom in an innovative way. Using one of our engaging critical skills courses is a great way to get started if you are not already getting digital in the classroom!

We have some compelling resources on a wide variety of topics including STEM readiness, Financial Education, Diversity & Inclusion, Career Leadership & Success, and Health & Wellness.

If you are already familiar with EverFi courses, today is the perfect day to choose one online learning module for your students to complete. Once you do this, add your name and event to the national map on the Digital Learning Day website. Here are some of our favorite modules to use:

Vault – Understanding Money™
Module 3: Making Plans with Money
Needs v. Wants
Whether it’s food, rent, or Internet, every household has many expenses they must cover. In this activity, students explore the difference between needs and wants, and learn the importance of opportunity cost.

Future Goals – Hockey Scholar™
Module 5: The Pass
Exploring Angles & Reflection
The right angle makes all the difference between victory and defeat. Every bank pass is a lesson in the law of reflection. In this module students learn to measure angles in the real-world setting of a hockey game.

306 – African-American History™
Module 8: Tuskegee Institute
Tuskegee Institute
Your students become journalists as they interview Booker T. Washington about his life and accomplishments. They choose the questions to ask, and are rewarded by hearing Mr. Washington respond using his own historically-accurate words and voice.

We hope you and your students enjoy these resources and have an awesome digital learning day! If you need to get set up with one of these courses, simply visit everfi.com/login and Register.

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