Surry Summer Teamship

This summer. 6 days.

  • FREE program for rising 9th-12th grade Surry County Schools students.

  • Work on a team to solve a real problem for a real business.

  • Stand out on your college applications and resume.

  • Build skills in leadership and problem solving.

  • Build a professional network for future jobs.

  • Learn what you do and don’t like in a future job through experience.

Program Details

Schedule:

June 3-6 (Mon-Thu) and 10-11 (Mon-Tue)
• Monday – Thursday each week
• 8:30am – 2:30pm

Program Location:

Gentry Middle School

Logistics:
Lunch and snacks provided daily
Transportation provided by SCS (details communicated by SCS)

Attendance Policy

Full attendance is expected… that’s how you add the most value to your team and business partner! However, due to the fast-paced and collaborative nature of Teamship, students who are absent for the Launch Day (Monday, June 3), the Pitch Event (Tuesday, June 11), and/or more than 1 day may be removed from the program.

Next Steps

  1. Review this page with a parent or guardian.

  2. If you have questions for District C, please contact us at ben@districtc.co.

  3. Register here!

Registration

Seats are limited to 24 students. Students will be admitted on a first-come-first-served basis, but if there are more registrations that available seats a waitlist may be created. Students’ registrations will be confirmed within a week of the deadlines.

    • April 17 – Registration opens!

    • April 26 – Priority Registration deadline.

      • Students who apply by this deadline are more likely to get in!

      • Acceptances & RSVP form are sent out by Friday, May 3.

    • May 24 – Extended deadline.

      • Acceptances & RSVP form are sent out by May 30.

How Surry Summer Teamship Works

1 Diversify

Three to four students with different backgrounds, strengths, passions, perspectives, and experiences come together to form a problem-solving team. They are paired with a business and presented with an authentic problem that business is facing.

2 Launch

Teams build their team dynamic and gain a foundation of skills needed to solve problems together. They engage in research and interview their business partner to better understand the business problem and context.

3 Solve

With support from their coach, teams continue to work together to understand the root problem, test potential solutions, and create a solution proposal for the business partner.

4 Pitch

Teams propose their solution to the business partner and answer questions in a live workshop attended by community stakeholders, school partners, and parents.

How Surry Summer Teamship benefits you

Reimagined internship experience

Teamship is a reimagined internship experience that sets students apart on applications for jobs and college.

Teamship work — pushing through the positive struggle that comes with tackling a novel problem, working with a diverse set of peers to achieve a common goal, using design thinking principles to develop robust solutions, and presenting ideas and solutions to real business stakeholders — gives students a set of real-world experiences that any college or potential employer will want to hear more about.

Growth

Teamship teaches critical mindsets and tools.

Technology has changed everything. In the digital age, information is at our fingertips. Memorizing facts and figures is now less important than figuring out how to make sense of overwhelming amounts of information to solve big problems and seize big opportunities. The world needs thinkers who can break down increasingly complex problems, doers who will persevere in the face of failure and uncertainty, and collaborators who know how to bring together diverse people and ideas.

Developing and leveraging these mindsets is a lifelong journey. Practicing these mindsets leads to confidence, competence, and the ability to effect change. The Teamship experience gives students the tools to get started and keep growing.

Diversity

Teamship is an opportunity to learn from and build relationships with a diverse set of peers.

The best ideas are informed by unique perspectives, and unique perspectives start with diversity. Teams are made up of students who bring unique skill sets, different world views, and personal passions and motivations.

Impact

Teams work with real businesses that have real problems to solve.

Whether it’s creating a plan to help a sports retail company improve its employee training practices, working with a fitness technology company to improve a new app design, or developing a strategy to help a local startup company recruit and manage a team of national brand ambassadors, the work is real. Regardless of the problem, teams engage in real work that has real consequences and the potential to make a meaningful impact.

Future Opportunities

Teamship provides engagement opportunities beyond the summer experience.

The mindsets and tools gained through Teamship can be applied in countless ways. Students learn how to communicate their Teamship skills and experience on cover letters, college essays, resumes, and in interviews. There are also opportunities to stay connected with the District C community through public speaking engagements and other alumni opportunities.

FAQ

Is Teamship right for me?
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