“This [ 7 Steps for Empowering Youth ] helps students more easily conceptualize their Student Success Plans.”
– School Counselor, Bridgeport, CT
Spark Aha! Moments, Discover Passion and Inspire Students to Dream BIG Dreams
State Student Success Plans all have the goal of helping every student succeed in school, work and life. As one example, the Connecticut Student Success Plan requires each local school board or district to create an individualized student success plan for each student entering Grade 6 and work with the student using the plan until Grade 12.
The three similar CORE elements of these plans are Academic Development, Career Development, and Social/Emotional/Physical Development. The 7 Steps for Empowering Youth aligns and supports all three CORE’s. Goal Setting is a Model Criteria for all three CORE’s and is the first, if not most important, Model Criteria. Our program takes the Goal Setting Criteria to the next level.
- Academic Development: We go above and beyond in satisfying the Goal Setting Model Criteria in 7 Steps for Empowering Youth. Our self-discovery action journal offers GETTING SMARTR™ goal setting, which takes S.M.A.R.T. goals to a higher level making it easier for student and school counselors to complete Student Success Plans.
- Career Development: 7 Steps for Empowering Youth provides students with the tools and self-efficacy life skill assets™ they need to set long-term career goals and create action plans that will put them on the right path to attaining their goal.
- Social/Emotional/Physical Development: Social and Emotional Learning(SEL) is an integral part of 7 Steps for Empowering Youth. The program provides a
Are your students having trouble conceptualizing and completing their Student Success Plans?
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“I see this as a way of helping students more easily conceptualize their Student Success Plans.”
School counselors seem to have a sixth sense as her intuition was confirmed during the student success and growth mindset workshop.
Many other school counselors are telling us they find it very challenging to get middle and high school students to complete the Student Success Plans. Realizing Dreams makes it easy with our self-discovery and reflective action journal called 7 Steps for EMPOWERING YOUTH: Self-Awareness Developing GRIT and a Growth Mindset.
In a workshop survey asking what she accomplished and why she was better off, this middle school teacher not only wrote about but also personally experienced how quick and easy it was working side-by side under-performing 3rd grade students in summer school. This is what we call Realizing Dreams in Teams™.
“Guide students to think about goal setting and dreaming about a successful future. I’ve learned other strategies to help students be critical thinkers.” – Middle School and Summer School Teacher in Waterbury, CT (a large urban school district)
The bottom line for America is, to remain globally competitive we all want and need to further empower School District Improvement Plans and goals to:
- Improve test scores
- Increase student achievement
- Empower student success plans
- Decrease chronic absenteeism
- Equip students to work through life issues for social and emotional learning
Elementary, Middle, High School and College Students
Since 2013, Realizing Dreams has found much success and fully believes that states need to engage, equip and empower students in success plans starting in at least Kindergarten to get students dreaming BIG dreams and thinking about their future at an earlier age.
“Earlier is easier, later cost greater.”
– Jim Cantoni, Founder of Realizing Dreams
In our growth mindset and student success workshops with thousands of kindergarten to college students, Realizing Dreams founder Jim Cantoni has found that students are not only excited they become focused and motivated to take more initiative in their learning. It is very inspiring to see under-performing students writing in their reflective action journal to “Get good grades”, “Listen to teachers”, “Go and finish school”, “Be happy”, “Go to college” and “Retire in 2065”, as well as teacher survey comments like these showing our research-based activity results:
“The students were excited and showed motivation in establishing their dreams and the path the achieve it.” – 3rd Grade Teacher in Waterbury, CT (a large urban school district)