Campus and Community Series
The programs in the Campus and Community Series are interactive presentations designed for high school recruitment sessions or orientations. They compose an expanding library of programs on compact disks that focus on various topics of interest to youth and young adults. Topics include (1) the pitfalls and proper use of credit cards and (2) the safe and wise use of the Internet, among others. Most programs include either a handout or a relevant “take away” that makes the message memorable. Programs range from 20 to 30 minutes and include interactive questions that use Training Masters’ remote audience response system, KlickerZ®. Responding to interactive questions, students expand their knowledge base, while sharing and comparing their opinions and preferences.
“The Plastic Piranha” is a great program for explaining the inherent dangers of misusing a credit card. Two characters engage in a dialogue about problems that can arise when you carry a high balance. They discuss how interest accrues and the nature and importance of FICO scores. Finally, a number of tips are offered to help audience members use their credit cards wisely. Entertaining illustrations and sound effects support the message.
“Your Personality and Your Career Choice” provides people with information that might be useful in assisting them with career selection. Your personality consists of those traits, attitudes, and habits that determine how you adapt to the situations in your life. A personality assessment involves responding to a series of comments that reveal personality traits. The results can help you to direct your personal growth and development, since there is a relationship between your personality and your career satisfaction. In this program, participants respond to 20 items taken from a well-known personality assessment using remote control units. They learn how personality “types” are determined and how they can be helpful when considering a career choice.
“Internet Safety” offers advice and information to help young people avoid a variety of potential risks when using the Internet. The characters are a boy and his younger sister. He warns his sister not to trust people she “meets” on the Internet but does not know. She learns that giving out personal information can be very risky, and the problem of “cyberbullying” is explained. Ways to recognize secure sites are explained, and some precautions concerning the posting of pictures and videos are discussed.
“Taming the Bull” introduces Alicia and Cliff who are two high school students discussing the problem of bullying in their school. Alicia understands the problem very well and shares her insights with Cliff who changes his attitude about how to deal with bullies. Their discussion centers around Jason, the school bully. The program mentions three main types of bullying including verbal, physical and psychological. Alicia explains that bullying always involves hurting someone, it happens repeatedly, and there are always unequal levels of power. A major emphasis is placed on what by-standers can do to discourage bullying. A distinction is made between active and passive bullying, and Cliff considers the potentially serious outcomes of bullying. The bottom line is, “If you’re not part of the solution, then you’re part of the problem.”
Additional programs currently in development in the Campus and Community Series include “Successful Workplace Skills,” “The Dollars and Sense of Becoming a Millionaire,” and several educational games.
Mind Your Own Business is an interactive PowerPoint® KlickerZ® program that introduces the fundamentals of entrepreneurship to teens and young adults who may be interested in starting their own business. A variety of examples are included of successful businesses that were started by young people. The focus is on the sole proprietorship. Topics include the legal aspects involved, proper financing, risks and rewards, the nature of a business plan, on-line businesses, where to find help and additional resources. The length of the presentation can be varied to conform to a presenter’s time limits, and the program can be used with or without KlickerZ remotes. The program includes an optional survey designed to help viewers determine whether or not they are likely to be successful entrepreneurs.
Choose It or Lose It! But, what is “It?” It is something that every young person should be interested in achieving, and that is “a great financial future.” This program describes a 5-step plan that can lead to that goal. The steps include earning money, spending money wisely, saving money, investing money, and continuing until you have achieved your goal. Great emphasis is placed on the importance of starting this plan as soon as possible when one starts working. Concepts such as compounding, investment choices, risk and reward, and perseverance are briefly discussed as they relate to achieving financial security. The program is oriented toward older teens and young adults who have little or no knowledge about the topics. Suggested references are included to encourage participants to learn more.