The Connections program is designed to connect, build and support Upper Dublin African American and Black students for success and foster a sense of community. 


We utilize our time together to engage in relevant discussions on current events, expound upon big ideas, engage student inquiries about future aspirations and offer personal development support through skills coaching and motivational messages.

FINAL CONNECTIONS SESSION & VIDEO RECAP

OUR FINAL SESSION OF 2020

MESSAGE FROM MRS. BUTLER

SETTING A MONEY GOAL & BUDGET

UNDERSTANDING CREDIT

For our last session of 2020, we say farewell to our seniors with a brief slide show of activity through the years. Enjoy!

Guest speaker and CEO of Missing Peace Financial Group, Rachael Hanible walks us through the steps to financial goal setting.

Personal Finance Coach Rachael Hanible continues to educate students about credit and how to get a high credit score.

2019-2020 GUEST SPEAKERS

Thank you to our speakers for their impact

Zakiya Fatin

Ms. Fatin, professional life coach, facilitated a session about self-love, acceptance and love for others, forging a stronger and deeper connection amongst students. 

Michael McBride

Mr. McBride, educator and renown speaker, facilitated an impactful discussion and dialogue to challenge, cultivate and stretch our students. 

Teach Law:

Over the 2019 school year,  through a partnership with the Montgomery County Bar Association's Diversity Committee, Connections hosted several guest speakers to teach applicable laws and highlight the various types of law for our students' exposure, awareness, understanding, intrigue and question-asking. Students actively engage with visiting attorneys who make learning the law and understanding legal processes easy, simple and fun. We thank this committee for their work creating this partnership, offering our students insight and knowledge on all aspects of law. Student questions and hypothetical scenarios posed to attorneys have been wonderful, as they reflect the students' true interest for increased levels of engagement. 


Topics covered to date:

  • Social Media: The laws that govern & How to protect yourself
  • School Disciplinary Actions: Learning Restorative vs. Punitive Practices 
  • Interacting with Law Enforcement: Know Your Rights
  • Personal Injury Law 
  • Criminal Law
  • Family Law

Open Forum

Upper Dublin High School Connections students brainstormed and planned an Open Forum event where students from ALL backgrounds could share their unique perspectives about ways the high school can become a more welcoming and inclusive school environment for its student population.


Moderated by a third-party, students lined up one by one to approach the microphone and share their perspectives regarding race relations, cultural differences, cultural appropriation, teacher interactions, peer-to-peer interactions, policy and disciplinary differences, religious taunting, sexual identity and word choices, lack of/need for more boundaries, dismissiveness, etc! It was a great room filled with courage and conviction. 

Thank you for visiting www.UDSDConnections.org.

OUR 4 BIG IDEAS:

Personal Branding

Communicate w/ Confidence

Your personal brand tells a story. What does yours tell? We will discuss and engage in meaty dialogue. Come ready!

Everyone has a unique style of communicating. We want you to know, hone and own your style. 

Team Building

Emotional Intelligence

Master the art of knowing your strengths and contributions in a team environment - and recognize pitfalls to team success. 

We all need to know effective strategies to handle life's many demands, stressors and obstacles, specifically the strategies that work best for us.

"Connection is the energy that is created between people when they feel seen, heard and valued - when they can give and receive without judgment." - Dr. Brene Brown

CONNECTIONS PROGRAM CONTACTS:

  • Melonie Butler
  • Dan Ortiz

Email:

connections@udsd.org

www.UDSDconnections.org

Offering students a pathway to success through Connections!