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Youth Pearls Up
Annual High School Skills Competition 
Each Chapter Conducts an Annual Grade-Level Skills Competition
 Soft Skills Are Developed Using Weekly Skills Demonstrations

Explore The Skills Pipeline
Weekly Videos 
Each Demonstration Is Recorded On Video
Each demonstration is scored by a
3-Member Volunteer Scoring Panel
Maximum = 5 Points / Member
Skill Rubrics (Excellent, Good, Satisfactory, Poor, Unsatisfactory)


Skill Mastery Award 
Issued after any demonstration
When 14 or 15 Points Are Scored
Skill Mastery Award = Intern-Ready Certificate

Internship Opportunities
"Intern-Ready" Pearls May Apply For Available Internships From Sponsors 
Learn More About Sponsors

Accumulated Point Minimums (APMs)
All Points Received Each Week Accumulate 
Year After Year To Reach Skill Level Thresholds 

Skill Levels
Freshmen Are Expected To Reach Skill Level 1 

9th Grade Skills Competition
Level 1 Threshold 
(APM = 100 Points)
10 - 20 Demonstrations

10th Grade Skills Competition
Level 2 Threshold
(APM 300 Points)
15 -25

11th Grade Skills Competition
Level 3 Threshold 
(APM 500 Points)
15 - 25 

12th Grade Skills Competition
Level 4 Threshold
(APM 700 Points)
15 - 25 

  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.
Learn More

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. Each pearl selects 1 available sponsor.

Step 2: Each week, each pearl selects one skill to demonstrate.  

Step 3: Each week, each pearl selects a skills project coach (Chapter Support Council)
The coach is a volunteer who helps pearls perform tasks required to complete the video skill demonstration using the growth mindset. 

Step 4: Each week, each pearl performs 1 weekly skill demonstration  
Each skill demonstration is broken down into tasks that are recorded on video. Videos are posted to social media.  

Step 5: Each week, each pearl submits a skill demonstration report
After each demonstration, a report is uploaded to an online documents folder. Click below to upload. 

Step 6: Each week, the Volunteer Scoring Panel for each skill issues points to each pearl who demonstrated that skill  
A rubric for each task is used to award skill points. 

Step 7: Intern Ready Certificates  
Each pearl, regardless of grade level, who qualifies, based on skill points, receives an intern-ready certificate, and is eligible to be hired by any chapter sponsor.    

Step 8: Monthly Sponsor Review
Each sponsor reviews the list of available "intern-ready" pearls to identify candidates to fill intern positions based on skills needed.

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 Skill Project Types
Pearls At Each Skill Level Are Free To Create New Project Types. Each Semester, Each Pearl Selects 1 Project. Each project requires weekly skill demonstrations.   

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

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