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Annual High School Skills Competition 
Featuring Four Grade-Level Competitions
 Extensive Soft Skills Development For High School Pearls 
Pearls (At-Risk Students) Select Projects That Require Weekly Skill Demonstrations
Explore The PWP Skills List
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Weekly Skill Demonstrations

3-Member Trained Volunteer Scoring Panels
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Skill Mastery Awards
Scores accumulate. A skill mastery award is issued when 90% of the total possible points  have been received in a particular skill. That pearl is declared "Intern Ready" in that skill, and may then apply for available internships from sponsors interested in that skill.
Learn More About High School Pearls

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Skill Level Certificates
A skill level certificate is awarded to you when 5 skill mastery awards have been received, provided the accumulated point minimum (APM) has been achieved. For members joining the chapter at higher grade levels, more projects and skill demonstrations are usually needed to achieve the required AMP.

Ongoing Skill Development
The pearl continues to work toward a higher skill level. Points accumulate in new skills, and are carried forward into the next school year with the goal of earning a higher Skill Level Certificate. This continues through skill levels until graduation. 

9th Grade Skills Competition
Freshmen
Two Goals
Skill Level 1 Certificate
(APM 100 Points)
Skill Mastery Awards
5
10th Grade Skills Competition
Sophomores
Two Goals
Skill Level 2 Certificate
(APM 500 Points)
Skill Mastery Awards
5
11th Grade Skills Competition
Juniors
Two Goals 
Skill Level 3 Certificate
(APM 900 Points)
Skill Mastery Awards
5
12th Grade Skills Competition
Senior
Two Goals 
Skill Level 4 Certificate
(APM 1,300 Points)
Skill Mastery Awards
5

  Review Skills List

 
Communications Skills Group

Creativity Skills Group

Critical Thinking Skills Group

Action Skills Group

Planning Skills Group
Me Skills Group

Leadership Skills Group

Persistence Skills Group

We Skills Group


Resiliency Skills Group


The Skills Gap In America Is Critical.
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Internship Opportunities
Chapter sponsors provide internship opportunities to pearls who have earned the "Intern Ready" designation.
 
 



Skill Demonstration Projects (Team/Individual)

Step 1: Pearl Obtains a High School Skills Competition Sponsor
Chapter sponsors are recruited by the office of Area Director, and published on your chapter's Sponsor Page. You select one available sponsor to invite.

Step 2: Pearl selects one or more skills in various skills groups to demonstrate.  


Step 3: Pearl Selects a Skills Project Coach For Each Project (Chapter Support Council)
The coach is a volunteer who helps pearls perform tasks, and select projects that require the completion of tasks that demonstrate specific skills. Also, the coach helps pearls video skill demonstrations.

Step 4: Pearl Performs Weekly Skill Demonstrations  
Each skill demonstration is broken down into tasks that are recorded on video. Videos are posted to social media.  

Step 5: Pearl Submits Skills Demonstration Reports
After each demonstration, a report is uploaded to an online documents folder. Click below to upload. 


Step 6: Pearl Comments during the weekly discussion session on the Skills Points Report Issued By  Volunteer Scoring Panel.  
A rubric for each task is used to award skill points. 

Step 7: Pearl Becomes Intern Ready 
The pearl, regardless of grade level, is certified "Intern Ready" upon receiving the required skill level certificate, and may be hired as an intern by any sponsor.    
 Grade Certificates
Required
 
Comments  Intern Types 
 Freshmen  Skill Level 1 Freshmen become intern ready after receiving certificate  Level 1
 Sophomores   Skill Level 2 Sophomores expand intern opportunities at Skill Level 2   Level 1, Level 2
 Juniors  Skill Level 3 Juniors expand intern opportunities at Skill Level 3  Level 1, Level 2, Level 3 
 Seniors  Skill Level 4 Seniors expand intern opportunities at Skill Level 4 Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, Level 4


Step 7: Monthly Sponsor Review of Intern Eligible Pearls
 
Each pearl has an online skills profile that enables sponsors to identify candidates to fill intern positions.

Download the PWP Skills Competition Manual
This manual contains the rules that govern the Annual High School Career Skills Competition for 4 grade levels, descriptions of the skills on the PWP skills list, and describes the rubrics that determine how points are awarded.
 
    


Sample Project Types
Pearls At Each Skill Level Are Free To Create New Project Types. Each Semester, Each Pearl Selects 3 Projects From Approved Project Types. Each project includes weekly skill demonstrations of several skills from one of more skill groups.  

Employability Projects
Objective: To Become Employed and Remain Employed For 12 Months


Project Type Numbers 

Project # 1: Job Procurement 

Project # 2: Job Retention 

Project # 3: Job  Excellence  
Income Projects
Objective: To Earn a Specific Income Amount During The Project Period


Project Type Numbers

Project # 4: Employment Income 

Project # 5: Asset Income 

Project # 6: Securities Income 

Charitable Projects
Objective: To Support and Assess Local Charities
Project Type Numbers 

Project # 7: Charity Identification 

Project # 8: Charity Donation 

Project # 9: Charity Assessment 


Leadership Projects
Objective: To Be a Positive Influence On Others

Project Type Numbers

Project # 10: Leadership Followers

Project # 11: Leadership Leaders  

Project # 12: Leadership Team 

Job Description Projects
Objective: To Design a Job For An Organization
Project Type Numbers

 Project # 13: Job Creation 

Project # 14: Duties vs Responsibilities 

Project # 15: Delegation  
Product Creation Projects
 
Objective: To Develop a Marketable Product or Service
Project Type Numbers

Project # 16: Product Design 

Project # 17: Product Improvement  

Project # 18:  Service Design 



Sales Projects
 
Objective: To Sell As Many Products or Services As Possible
Project Type Numbers

Project # 19: Sales Transaction  

Project # 20: Sales System 

Project # 21: Product (or Service) Promotion 
Profit Projects
 
Objective: To Generate Profits Via An Enterprise  Endeavor
Project Type Numbers

Project # 22: Cost Analysis  

Project # 23: Cost Type Recognition  

Project # 24: Pricing and Profit Concepts 

Innovation Projects
 
Objective: To Identify a Problem and To Create a Solution To That Problem
Project Type
Numbers

Project # 25:
Problem and Solution 

Project # 26: Scientific Research 

Project # 27: Need Analysis 

Investment Projects
 
Objective: To Invest Money, Time or Talent To Produce a Financial or Social Return

Project Type Numbers

Project # 28:
Risk Analysis 

Project # 29: Financial Return on Investment 

Project # 30: Social Return on Investment