Knowledge of Careers envisions a society where urban schools channel the innovation of their cities into the education of their students. Thus, our vision is to fold the business and civic activities of our cities into our schools, so that students graduate with the knowledge, skills, and networks they need for success as adults. Our mission is to equip low-income high-school students with the practical skills, helpful networks, and solutions-oriented mindsets necessary to thrive in the profession of their choosing.
How did you wind up in your current profession?
Most professional paths are random - dependent on the people we meet and the opportunities we stumble upon. But what happens to young people who don’t meet many professionals, who don’t stumble upon those opportunities?
Help us support the 150 Year 1, 2, and 3 students in Knowledge of Careers this academic year!
Learn more about what Knowledge of Careers does through Marquise's personal story, one of our outstanding Year 3 students!
My Experience with Knowledge Of Careers
- Marquise, Year 3 KOC Student
My name is Marquise, and I'm a rising junior at Booker T. Washington High School. Right now, I’m sitting in the 5th floor of a Miami office building, in the middle of a digital marketing internship and starting a student-run blog that will continue throughout the school year. There’s no way I would be sitting here right now if I hadn’t joined Knowledge Of Careers two years ago. Here’s a little bit about my journey.
I first learned about K.O.C. from a friend that mentioned that she was going to go see an accountant talk about their job, and asked if I wanted to come. When I walked in I was greeted by firm handshakes and smiles. An hour later, I had learned about the smartest ways to save money and what stocks are. After that day, I never missed a Knowledge Of Careers presentation. Each Wednesday there was a different professional and each time I was more and more impressed, so I decided to apply to become a KOC Ambassador at the end of the year.
As a KOC Ambassador, I was expected to identify something in my community that I wanted to change, and change it. I’ve always been bothered by the way many of my classmates ate and never exercised - that’s why I started Beat the Odds, which has the mission of increasing people's knowledge of healthy eating and exercise habits.
To show them that exercising can be fun, Beat the Odds hosted Zumba and Jiu-Jitsu classes for students and parents at my school. We had events where chefs came to teach about healthy cooking and nutritionists taught students how to recognize healthy and unhealthy foods. The hardest part of the whole projects was organizing these events: getting lots of people on the same page is really a pain! Some events went better than others, but I’d say that overall Beat the Odds was a huge success because of how much students and parents learned from it.
But it wasn’t only my audience who benefitted - creating Beat the Odds taught me skills that will help in school this year and in internships and jobs in the future. I even feel confident with the most difficult task of all: organizing people.
This coming year, I’m going to build Beat the Odds into a larger organization that hosts larger and more frequent events on healthy living across Miami. I know that it’ll be challenging, but I’ll succeed. After all, I already have.
How You Can Help!
Will provide one day’s transportation for a K.O.C. Year 2 student
Freshman Level - $15
Will provide lunch for our Miami Senior High K.O.C Year 1 students for one week
Sophomore Level- $25
Will help provide lunch for our Booker T. Washington K.O.C Year 1 students for one week
Junior Level - $50
Will help provide lunch for our Miami Senior High K.O.C Year 1 students for one month
Senior Level - $100
Will help provide lunch for our Booker T. Washington K.O.C Year 1 students for one month
Sponsor Level - $250
Will fund an official K.O.C. event or class trip. Donors of this level will receive a personalized video from current K.O.C. students thanking you for your donation.
Ambassador Level - $500
Will fund a semester of operations at Miami Senior High. Donors of this level will receive complimentary access at all future K.O.C. events, a personalized video from current K.O.C. students thanking you for your donation, and an official “Professionals in Progress” K.O.C. shirt.
Manager Level - $1000
Will fund a year of operations at Miami Senior High or a semester of operations at Booker T. Washington. Donors of this level (or their businesses) will be listed as an official K.O.C. partner for all future K.O.C. events, as well as all rewards listed above.
Director Level - $2000
Will fund a year of operations for all K.O.C. locations, and will help provide for a college campus visit for our students. Donors of this level gain access to the exclusive Knowledge of Careers High-Level Donors Club, as well as all rewards listed above. Club Members enjoy perks such as early ticket access or reduced pricing options for events such as professional sports matches, concerts, fundraising galas, and more!
Presidential Level - $5000
Will fund a class of K.O.C. students from Year 1 through Year 4, or completely provide for a college campus visit tour for a K.O.C. class. Presidential level donors receive access to the High-Level Donors Club, all above mentioned rewards, as well as an exclusive annual invitation for a delicious and complimentary dinner with K.O.C. board members and students.