• Knowledge of Careers, Inc.

    Our mission is to promote academic and professional success for public high school youth through career exposure, professional skill development, internships, and social impact work.

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About the Organization

home-imagesKnowledge of Careers™ (K.O.C.) was founded with the goal of providing underprivileged youth an avenue to explore and pursue a variety of careers and to show how certain academic steps, taken at an earlier stage, can result in a higher level of success later in life.

Upcoming K.O.C. Winter Bazaar!

Knowledge Of Careers is excited to invite you to our first annual Winter Bazaar on February 4th! The event is being held in the Edgewater neighborhood, at 411 NE 21st Street in Miami from 12 PM - 6 PM. We have always prided ourselves on our strong relationships with local businesses, and have often found ourselves the recipients of their generosity. Given that, we relish the chance to give back to them! At the Knowledge Of Careers Winter Bazaar, you will be able to enjoy some of the tastiest food from local food trucks, discover new local artists, and converse with some of Miami’s most innovative local vendors who will be displaying their antiques, crafts, and more! We have always valued the power of bringing diverse parts of our communities together, and couldn’t be happier to be doing it again for this event.   Our event also will provide exclusive access to some very influential local organizations. One of these is the Wynwood Neighborhood Enhancement Team, or Wynwood NET. Wynwood NET is a program the City of Miami has started in order to assist businesses, citizens, and organizations like Knowledge Of Careers access government services to ensure their success and their benefit to the neighborhood around them. Acting as a liaison between us and our city government, Wynwood NET is instrumental in guaranteeing that all municipal services are completed quickly and effectively. We here at Knowledge Of Careers are extremely grateful for the work they've done in our community, and couldn't be happier that they are attending our event!   We are proud to be hosting the Overtown Youth Center at the Winter Bazaar as well. Located less than a block away from our home base school, Booker T. Washington High School, the Overtown Youth Center is committed to inspiring and empowering youth and families of the Overtown neighborhood by fostering hope through enrichment services. Working from the cornerstones of Integrity and Respect, the Overtown Youth Center is an irreplaceable force in the neighborhood that motivates young Overtown residents towards higher education and gainful employment. The work they do is very close to our hearts and we can't wait for you to find out more from them at our event! So please come visit us on February 4th to support these organizations, local food trucks, artists, and vendors, as well as Knowledge Of Careers at our first annual Winter Bazaar! Click here to see our Facebook page for the event and show us that you'll be coming, we're excited to see you there! New vendors and businesses are signing up every day, so if you own a business or sell your own wares and would like to be included, please call us at 786.213.5949 or email info@knowledgeofcareers.org
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New K.O.C. Partnerships

It's a new year, and Knowledge Of Careers has hit the ground running over the past month. We have upcoming events and new developments in our Ambassador class, but as an organization we have built new partnerships with committed local institutions. These groups share the same goals of professional improvement in the upcoming generation, and we are happy to have them in the Knowledge Of Careers family.   One of the most exciting partnerships we've had to date was finalized near the end of 2016. It is with great joy that we announce that we are officially partnered with the Miami Dade Public School System. The Miami Dade Public School System is the largest in the southeastern United States, and the fourth largest in the nation. With over 400 schools and more than 370,000 students, the district serves as an irreplaceable and awe-inspiring force that educates and enriches the children of our neighborhood. We are humbled to be considered in the ranks with such a storied and beneficial organization, and are looking forward to the steps we can take together towards the uplifting of our student body.   Beyond the realm of high school, we have also recently partnered with organizations associated with higher education. Moving into the new year, Knowledge Of Careers is now collaborating with both the Education Effect at Florida International University and the Toppel Career Center at University of Miami. Together, the two create a clear path to success beginning in high school and ending in employment, and are happy to assist in the transition along the way. The Education Effect is a partnership between Florida International University, the Miami Dade Public School System, and the J.P. Morgan Chase Foundation, and is committed towards improving the quality of high school level education courses. With support from the Lennar Foundation, the Education Effect has recently moved into Booker T. Washington High School, where our Ambassadors are currently enrolled.   The Toppel Career Center at University of Miami has always had the goal of preparing students to make educated decisions as they move into long-term careers. Providing students with assistance and support throughout the process of application, negotiation, and acceptance, the Center has produced some of the finest young professionals to come out of the Miami Dade area. As our students move towards the realm of professionalism, the Center will be a foundation that will allow them to catapult toward success.   We are also excited to announce our involvement with the Miami chapter of Urban Promise, a nonprofit organization that is devoted to the academic achievement and spiritual growth of Miami Dade students and young adults. By creating an environment with positive role models and improvement programs, Urban Promise acts towards providing a relief from the stresses and dangers of low income neighborhoods, and invests in individuals who will work towards becoming passionate leaders in their own community. Our students will continue to draw insight from the leaders at Urban Promise, and will carry their values forward with them as they grow. With the support of these organizations we feel as if we have started the year off on the right foot, and we are enthusiastic to see how our own group grows and develops as we work with them towards the professional and academic success of our students. Their impact will be felt now, and for years to come, as our Ambassadors grow into capable, intelligent trailblazers and entrepreneurs.
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January Ambassador Updates

A new year has started, and with it new opportunities for our class of Ambassadors. After spending a semester focused on professional development, financial literacy, and their own community impact projects, they will be moving forward into the complex and enriching lessons we have planned for them over the next few months. The Ambassadors will greatly benefit from some of our new community partnerships, and will undoubtedly become unstoppable forces of improvement within the neighborhood. Many of our Ambassadors have minds oriented towards the business world, and understand that success in that field means not only working hard with the right people, but also working hard in the right places. With that in mind our partnership with the Cambridge Innovation Center in Miami has been something that they have been looking forward to for a long time. The CIC is an organization with an ecosystem tailored specifically to foster young entrepreneurial minds, and we have been extremely lucky to have them host our Ambassadors while they work on their community impact projects and begin studying for next years standardized testing. The CIC has five offices across the country and hosts over 1000 companies within them, with every location providing support and innovative ideas for the enterprisers of the next generation. Companies based at the CIC in the past have raised over $2 billion since the organization’s inception. Their assistance with our ambassadors is remarkable and the inspiration our students draw from the CIC is limitless. However, whether you are working on a project inside a building or making it happen outside in the world, you need to look the part! Which is why we are excited to introduce the Suits for Seniors organization into the Knowledge Of Careers family. Working from the principal that "the suit is the uniform for success", The organization’s founder Jervonte Edmonds has provided professional clothing to aspiring businessmen and businesswomen graduating from high school. With their help our Ambassadors will be provided with tailored professional wear, which will undoubtedly come in handy not only while pitching their community impact projects, but also at the upcoming Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, an annual leadership program organized by the Rotary Club, and for which all of our Ambassadors have applied. As time progresses, so do our students, moving forward towards personal and professional growth. With the continued support of inspirational organizations like these, the Knowledge of Careers Ambassador class of 2017 is on track to mature into influential and successful members of our community.
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Fall 2016 Booker T. Washington High School Recap

It’s been a busy semester for us at Knowledge of Careers! Between branching out to new schools, developing new programs at old ones, and hosting events in the Miami metropolitan area, we hit the ground running this year and haven’t stopped yet. The K.O.C. freshmen class at Booker T. Washington Senior High School felt the effects of this firsthand. Here are some of the wonderful people they’ve met and opportunities they’ve learned of throughout the semester. Daniel Prada: Software Designer Daniel Prada gave a creative and engaging first presentation, emphasizing the power of using old technology for new projects. Students came to understand that innovation is often the result of rearranging and repurposing what already exists, and brainstormed entrepreneurial projects they could pursue with the resources currently available to them. The activity saw students broken up into groups of technologies, users, and places, mixing together to create new and unique products that were greater than the sum of their parts. Catherine Ragheb: Nurse A quick change of pace had Nurse Catherine Ragheb speaking to the class. The product of a storied and impressive career, Mrs. Ragheb is an example of how many responsibilities can lie within a single title. From neonatal care to geriatric support to disaster relief, Cathy showed our students not only that one profession can take many forms, but also, and more specifically, that in a person’s scariest moment, a nurse can be their greatest ally. As her presentation drew to a close our students got a workout! Running up stairs and doing jumping jacks all contributed towards learning how to read and maintain one’s heart rate. Leah Fein-Roque: Social Media Strategist But what fun is exercising if you can’t brag about it? Leah Fein-Roque was next to speak to the class, and with her impressive background in social media strategy she quickly had a captivated audience. Speaking on her career path behind becoming a Social Media Strategist and PR Expert, our students were educated on the importance of having a professional yet engaging online representation. And while the lesson wasn’t interspersed with any #selfies, it ended with her activity, a hilarious mannequin challenge. Amy Wang: Occupational Therapist A week later our students were still stiff and sore from standing still for so long in that mannequin challenge, so we had to call for help! Amy Wang came to the rescue! Amy explained that as an OT, she helps those disabled from injuries or diseases return to the workforce through treatment and exercises. She showed how coming from humble roots helped shape her career path as an OT and a philanthropist, dedicating her life to helping those in need internationally. After an inspiring lesson Mrs. Wang taught us how to make finger splints out of thermoplastic. Natalie Maldonado and Adam Stoller: Strategy Managers At the end of November we had a double feature, Natalie Maldonado and Adam Stoller from the Miami Children’s Health System. Involved in the system’s Strategic Business Development and Growth division, the two showed the class the many avenues to improve and refine public health issues. With an emphasis on the paths each of them took to get where they are today, Natalie and Adam are examples of dedication and hard work that our students look up to today. At the end of lecture, our students were challenged intellectually, coming up with creative ideas on how to solve pressing health issues. Dr. Liza Merly: Senior Lecturer Dr. Liza Merly, expert on Marine Biology and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Marine Biology and Ecology at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, showed the students the inspiring and complex ecosystem that lives beneath the surface around us in Miami-Dade county for the last lecture of the semester. The intricate scientific pathways and biological developments she taught were as impressive as her own path to her profession, and the students were lucky to learn about each in turn. Just before we had to say goodbye to the students until we see them again next year, Dr. Merly brought out sample sharks, which the students were able to study, measure, and tag! It was an amazing semester at Booker T. Washington, and the next one will be even more so! Thank you so much to all of our presenters over the past few months, you taught us as much as you did the students. And thank you for your continued support of Knowledge of Careers and our dedicated students! Have happy holidays, and a happy New Year!
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    • Jesica Doe
      “[After starting Knowledge of Careers] I know that math is a lot more important than I thought it was, I’m trying harder in it now.”
      K.O.C. Student
    • Jesica Doe
      “[K.O.C. showed me that] you need to work hard to achieve your goals.”
      K.O.C. Student
    • Jesica Doe
      "[After starting Knowledge of Careers, I am] more interested in school in general, trying harder across the board.”
      K.O.C. Student
    • Jesica Doe
      “The program helped me [learn about] more careers. At first I only wanted to do one thing, now I want to try something else.”
      K.O.C. Student
    • Jesica Doe
      “You have to work hard to get a job, I didn’t think it was hard to do before [the program]. If you need to look longer than you thought you would to get a job, that’s okay.”
      K.O.C. Student
    • Jesica Doe
      “[Knowledge of Careers] helped me [learn about] more careers and jobs that need more challenging steps. This program makes you want to do better in your classes for your future.”
      K.O.C. Student
    • Jesica Doe
      “[K.O.C.] gave me a good inside view on every different job, it [shows you] different things that are good jobs and it makes you want to expand your horizons."
      K.O.C. Student
    • Jesica Doe
      “[Knowledge of Careers makes you] open your mind to different stuff, like if you didn’t know what you wanted to be it gave you different [careers].”
      K.O.C. Student
    • Jesica Doe
      “[Before K.O.C. I thought getting a job was easy.] You get your degree and go see if they have any spots open, show your resume and you get the job. The perception has changed, you have to work hard.”
      K.O.C. Student