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Great Expectations 2013 – Address from Linda Saris

On June 11,2013, Salem CyberSpace held its second Great Expectations event at the Kernwood Country Club.  260 students, parents, supporters and community members came to celebrate the graduation of 14 high school students and 10 college graduates. Here is the speech that its Director, Linda Saris, delivered that night: Today is a very special day for all of you.  The graduates you will see today are among the first students to participate in the academic youth programs which started in 2003, 10 years ago when these students were in middle school.  Your support (and many of you here today have […]


Value of Social Capital for low-income, ESL Youth

This was a speech given by Linda Saris, Director of Salem CyberSpace at its Great Expectations Fundraiser June 5, 2012 In a book entitled Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard Chip Heath a professor from Stanford and his brother Dan Heath, a researcher and consultant at Duke, ask why it is so hard to making lasting change in our companies, our communities and our lives.  I was fortunate to hear Dr. Heath speak at Stanford and one of his stories really hit home with me.  A team from Save the Children went to Vietnam to open an […]


Career-Education Linkages – Part 3

In Part 2 of Career-Education Linkages, I discussed the need for high schools and colleges to teach performance skills in addition to academic core subjects. Across all the growth sectors in our regional economy, the jobs will require more than technical or academic knowledge.  This jobs will require performance skills such as communication and critical thinking and, finally soft skills such as customer service and work ethic. An Intel executive asks one of his managers how his new intern is working out.  Well, the guy says, he seems to have all the technical skills we need but he can’t seem […]