Apply for the Cultivate ACCESS Program
Are you a high school freshmen - junior who has a passion for agriculture and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) but do not know what careers are out there? Cultivate ACCESS is a mentoring and development program where you will participate in career exploration into the agSTEM fields and work on employability skills. Applications for the 2019-2020 program are due April 15th at cultivate.unl.edu/scholars.
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[00:00:08.750]Do you have a passion for solving big problems
[00:00:11.720]and doing something that positively impacts the world
[00:00:15.000]but don't know what kind of career
[00:00:16.640]would align with your interest?
[00:00:19.530]Cultivate ACCESS is an opportunity
[00:00:22.150]for you to explore STEM-related agriculture career fields
[00:00:26.520]and build employability skills
[00:00:28.540]to excel in this type of career.
[00:00:31.420]By 2050, the agriculture industry will have
[00:00:34.810]to feed a global population of nine billion people.
[00:00:38.370]Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, STEM,
[00:00:42.400]plays a critical role in meeting this goal
[00:00:45.640]because we must become more innovative than ever before.
[00:00:49.790]Studies have shown that more diversity in organizations
[00:00:54.330]increases the level of innovation and creativity.
[00:00:58.570]However, organizations and businesses in agriculture
[00:01:02.740]have struggled to increase diversity in the workforce
[00:01:06.540]because of a lack of qualified candidates
[00:01:09.510]who come from diverse backgrounds.
[00:01:12.820]Cultivate ACCESS was created to aid in the effort
[00:01:16.230]to increase participation of underrepresented groups
[00:01:20.200]from rural Nebraska in STEM-related agricultural
[00:01:24.330]career fields through a holistic mentoring
[00:01:27.420]and development program that engages high school youth
[00:01:31.170]with career professionals and college students.
[00:01:34.550]Through participation in Cultivate ACCESS,
[00:01:37.560]our scholars receive mentoring from a professional
[00:01:41.030]who has overcome obstacles to get to where they are today
[00:01:45.060]and interact with college students
[00:01:47.280]who share insight on what strategies they have used
[00:01:50.430]to be successful in college.
[00:01:53.010]Cultivate ACCESS provides students
[00:01:55.040]with the unique experience of in-depth career exploration
[00:02:00.060]in the STEM fields
[00:02:01.890]and development of their leadership, teamwork,
[00:02:05.170]and communication skills,
[00:02:07.120]to be highly successful in their personal
[00:02:10.410]and professional lives.
[00:02:12.840]So what exactly do high school students do
[00:02:16.140]once they are in Cultivate ACCESS?
[00:02:18.860]Cultivate ACCESS runs parallel with the academic year
[00:02:22.560]and almost all program activities
[00:02:24.560]and mentoring is received virtually.
[00:02:27.800]Our program is flexible
[00:02:29.330]and can be worked around busy schedules
[00:02:31.700]to fit with every individual's schedule.
[00:02:35.000]Bi-weekly modules include discussion topics
[00:02:37.760]provided to career mentors that cover things
[00:02:40.590]such as sharing their personal career stories,
[00:02:44.080]how to increase self-efficacy,
[00:02:47.120]and how to solve problems.
[00:02:49.630]Towards the end of each module,
[00:02:51.680]a short journal will be completed by the scholars
[00:02:54.520]to give them a chance to reflect
[00:02:56.970]and think about the conversation they had with their mentor.
[00:03:01.410]This piece is important to help connect the dots
[00:03:04.800]between what they have learned
[00:03:06.980]and how they can use that in their lives moving forward.
[00:03:11.040]Participation in Cultivate ACCESS requires
[00:03:13.670]at minimum 30 minutes to an hour
[00:03:17.000]of time commitment each week.
[00:03:20.420]I am an ambassador in Cultivate ACCESS,
[00:03:22.890]and I have had a great experience with this program.
[00:03:26.820]I have learned how to build relationships
[00:03:29.200]with career professionals in the workforce
[00:03:32.000]and have also learned how to build relationships
[00:03:34.470]with students who are still in high school.
[00:03:37.060]This program helps these students understand
[00:03:40.290]what opportunities there are with careers that are in STEM.
[00:03:45.240]If you are a freshman through junior in high school,
[00:03:48.510]you are eligible to apply for our 2019-2020 program year.
[00:03:54.370]Go to our website cultivate.unl.edu/scholars
[00:04:00.130]to find the application.
[00:04:02.010]Don't miss out on this opportunity
[00:04:04.320]to gain top-notch employability skills
[00:04:07.080]and find a career you love,
[00:04:08.960]where you can positively impact your community,
[00:04:11.650]your country, and your world.
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