Need some ideas for enhancing the education system.
As a kid, what information would you have needed to know to prepare for the real world? What events would you create, feild trips, outreach would you suggest the children be involved in? Ideas needed for an after school program and helpful topics to be discussed for ages 12-18.
Hmmmm...I don't know about events or field trips, but thinking back to what I wish I had known more about and been better prepared for in real life is how to be financially responsible. Perhaps lessons about financial planning for the future (on a kid's level, of course) and the importance of looking ahead and of budgeting and of being independent and proactive would have gone a long way - I would hope, anyway! Dave Ramsey, I belive, has some great resources to teach kids financial lessons.
I think Dave Ramsey's resources would be great! I think the games can be adjusted to different age levels or a mixture of ages. Check those out.
Another place to check might be the Jaycees. I think they are the organization that has a program in middle school when the kids (from several schools) go to a convention center type of place, each one has a job for the day (assigned ahead of time, so they can do research), they actually even do some skills testing and career counseling. It's been a while since my kids were in this, but I'm pretty sure it was the Jaycees who provided it. You could ask them if there is any way that program could be adapted into an after-school activity.
Career guidance in general might be an interesting thing to look at.
Or also, what about discussing whatever class or outside activity each one is involved in, but which very few if any of the others are doing (specialized art classes; ice hockey; bookkeeping).