Work Readiness

Dear Young People: Here Are The Top 10 Ways Social Media Can Hurt You

Over the years, I have worked with many amazing young people. They are inspiring, energetic, and hard-working. After they complete their program, they reach out to me on social media as a way to keep in touch. These are former participants and students who I think are absolutely amazing! However, when I scroll past their… Continue reading Dear Young People: Here Are The Top 10 Ways Social Media Can Hurt You

Cultural Competency

These Lives Matter: Nathan Louis Jackson Writer for Luke Cage

I am really excited to be able to share the first post in a new series, These Lives Matter. This blog series highlights men and women of color who have been successful in their fields. They’ve each made a positive impact in our communities and are positive examples of what we can achieve. They’re willing… Continue reading These Lives Matter: Nathan Louis Jackson Writer for Luke Cage

Life Skills · Life, Social, and Emotional Skills

60 Free Ways to Show Random Acts of Kindness for Teens

Too often in our society we get caught up in our everyday activities. Random Acts of Kindness Week is the perfect opportunity for our youth to demonstrate acts of kindness to others. Here are a few FREE random acts of kindness that teens  can use to show acts of kindness… Hold the door open for… Continue reading 60 Free Ways to Show Random Acts of Kindness for Teens

Program Development

Getting Started with Social Emotional Learning (S.E.L.) – the Easy Way

Your administration comes to you and asks you to incorporate Social Emotional Learning (S.E.L.) into your curriculum. They explain with exuberance, (trying to sell you on the idea) that you are a great teacher who really connects with your students and this would be a great opportunity to make a change in the community. (Argggg,… Continue reading Getting Started with Social Emotional Learning (S.E.L.) – the Easy Way

Classroom and Group Management · Life, Social, and Emotional Skills

Expectations, Ground Rules, and Group Agreements: A Hands On Activity

Aren’t you tired of lecturing about what you expect from your students and the ground rules for your class or program? I know I am. Year after year you review how you expect your students how to behave, and you may sometimes feel like the information goes in one ear and out the other. Rescue yourself and your… Continue reading Expectations, Ground Rules, and Group Agreements: A Hands On Activity

Life, Social, and Emotional Skills

No Name Calling Week

No Name Calling Week begins on January 15 and ends January 20, 2018. It’s the largest anti-bullying initiative in the country. It affords us the opportunity, as educators, to discuss and engage in prevention and intervention activities within our schools or organizations. Name calling and bullying have been an ongoing problem within our schools and… Continue reading No Name Calling Week

Work Readiness

20 Ways To Ace An Interview

Over the years, I have worked with teens and young adults, facilitating and directing programs on work readiness while connecting them to job opportunities. I’ve also interviewed numerous candidates and can tell you what employers are looking for in a new hire. Interviews have a set of unwritten rules and expectations. These are the basic… Continue reading 20 Ways To Ace An Interview