The Good Citizen Initiative
We raise our teens with the singular goal of making them college application ready. But, in a world where every child is on the honor roll, young adults who are equipped with making big decisions now will thrive both in their personal and professional lives later.
Our goal is to help your high schooler explore their interests and get ready for the real world with a compelling story to tell. Let’s not forget, resumes don’t build themselves overnight.
Our initiative The Good Citizen Initiative for 9th to 12th graders is designed to Engage, Energize and Empower them.
Teen Mastermind Class Topics
The ENGAGE Series
Rule Your Screens
Part I: Understanding addiction and strategies to combat it.
Technology is here to stay, and the way we’re living now is covering over the genius that makes us uniquely human. Only we have the power of imagination, intense curiosity, and can understand the cause and effect scenarios. But, are we really living upto our potential?
Part II: The problem with Communication in the digital age.
We are measuring our social currency in the number of likes and hearts our Instagram or Twitter posts receive. But in the age of digital communication, do we truly understand what the intention, tone and meaning of the tweets and messages are?
What Parents Want
Being a grown up sucks, ask your parents. Parents seem to want the best for you, but they don’t convey it well, do they? Learn the habits of successful teenagers, time management and personal management hacks and see your parents’ jaws drop. Understand yourself first to understand your parents better.
You're Worth It
Embrace gratitude for what you already have so you can take on the future in a positive spirit. Learn how to abandon fear, shame, blame and judgment and live your best life ever. Start the journey with self acceptance and self compassion.
Give Yourself a Break
Embrace gratitude for what you already have so you can take on the future in a positive spirit. Learn how to abandon fear, shame, blame and judgment and live your best life ever. Gain a perspective. Learn how to let go of judgment, hate, ambivalence and decision fatigue. Make decisions quickly and smartly. Learn the tips on how to become free of limiting emotions like guilt, anxiety and regret. Learn how not to obsess about what other think of you. To enjoy the journey of life, avoid the scarcity trap and learn to cut your losses.
Hear Me Out
What about your school, your life and the world makes you happy and sad? What are the things you wished you could tell your parents, teachers and friends? What makes a life good? What are the elements of a great school life for teens? Let’s talk about what success is and what the habits of successful teens are.
See Your Reflection
Do you have a set of your own personal values? Not values you’ve inherited from your parents or the community. Let’s find out ways to strengthen our moral compass. Learn to develop extreme self awareness, while seeing your strengths for what they are. Learn how you see yourself determines the challenges you will undertake, and how quickly you will bounce back from failures.
What news interests you? What sport legends and pop artists do you follow and why? What do you Google? Let’s see if there are answers to real life questions on the Internet.
Why Get High?
Did you know you can get high naturally? Our mind, our thoughts and our hormones can help us get there. Real life is full of amazing people doing “amazing” things, we don’t need to watch Comment awards to LOL.
The ENERGIZE Series
Cultivate Your Mind
Your thoughts determine the quality of your life. Look at failures as just stepping stones. Develop the mindset of no problem is too big to face. Self doubt, ruminating about the past, regret and guilt are emotions that sabotage our thought resources. Instead learn about Critical and Divergent to boost your productivity.
The Social Contract
Learn tips to use social media and the Internet effectively, positively and minimally. Understand how smart phones are affecting our sleep, productivity and creativity. Instead of giving up control on things that we’re addicted to, learn strategies on how to deal with them head on. Start by not leaving your devices to your self control.
How can you define success? Refuel on productivity strategies like extending your brain and abstraction. Learn how to thicken your skin, ask for help and be yourself to move upwards. Do you know what you want your life to look like in 10 years? You can either just survive or thrive in this beautiful life that you’ve been given. Learn to set an intention on a daily basis, commit to your own wellbeing and ask for help when need. Learn how not to self sabotage.
Clear The Clutter
The desire to complete ourselves with brands comes from the feelings of imperfection from within. What are we accumulating instead of gathering priceless goods like education, experience, and memories? Learn tips on time, energy and your thoughts. What makes you feel alive? Understand your emotions, your feelings and their impact on your actions.
Connect To Calm
Unplug Loneliness Solitude, breathe, living in the present, mindfulness. Journaling. Intuition, don’t use crowd mentality, use your own intelligence. Learn tips on how to take moments out of the day to “do nothing.” Understand why burn out happens and how you can avoid it. Learn how to set priorities and keep the bar of expectations realistic.
Show You Care
While kindness is cool, treating others with equanimity is a super human quality. Once in a while taking the focus away from your needs and wants can bring into focus what we can do for the community and the world. By connecting with others, we can share our gifts and positively change their lives. Connection brings meaning and purpose into our lives. Let’s learn how we can all positively impact the world.
Grow Your Heart
Learn to apply the principles of gratitude in life. We’re a product of the kindness of so many of us around us. Learn to recognize, remember and reciprocate. Recognize your and others’ emotions.
Rock Your Boat
Find out the secrets to embracing change and thriving in it. Learn how change can lead to new insights and new situations most of the time for the better. Start with understanding what will not change.
The EMPOWER Series
Set Your Mind
The body might have limits, but the mind has no limits. Understand how your emotions, feelings and thoughts are guiding your actions. Set your mind on taking bold steps with your dreams. Learn how to be courageous about your ideas and aspirations. Challenging yourself to out perform your past achievements can be a great momentum. Create an environment that helps you thrive.
Become College Ready
Do you have a compelling story to tell everyone? In a world where all your peers are on the honor roll, the one with the best attitude towards dealing with a crisis and the one who can think like a problem solver will win big in personal and professional life. Are you college ready yet?
Make Today Great Again
Find yourself constantly fighting with your parents and anxious over your friendships? People and situations don’t upset us. Expectations from them do. Learn tips on how to mind the gap. Understand what’s causing you to procrastinate and delay your decision making that impacts your long term goals, including your project work. Learn how you can flex your attention span muscle.
Become a People Magnet
Charisma is the art of inspiring others to action. Learn how to blend in, yet, stand out in a group. Learn the strategies for personal branding, leadership skills and a fabulous social etiquette. Learn personal skills like listening, empathy and relating to others.
Leverage Your Tragedy
Learn that having experienced tragedy doesn’t have to mean the end of the world. Learn coping mechanisms on how to manage crisis, stress and grief. Learn how to adapt to solving problems, because problems will always exist in one form or another. Learn strategies on how to build resilience, redefine hardships and keep moving upward.
League of Your Own
Our quality of life depends on the quality of our attention span, our sleep and the number of regrets we have. Refuel on productivity strategies like extending your brain and abstraction. Learn how to thicken your skin, ask for help and be yourself to move upwards. Learn the difference between your left and right brains. Find out tips on how to extend your brain. And find out how sleep, OMG, sleep will help you keep your brain focused and in top shape.
Sound Like a Leader
Think like a leader by learning how to be in others’ shoes. Learn to become resilient to stress. Develop unstoppable confidence and break barriers with your own limiting beliefs. Learn the best kept secret about leadership. Learn how emotional intelligence, an elevated vocabulary and a strong sense of self will make you a strong, powerful leader.
Find Your Worth
Learn tips to improve your self esteem and respect your body. Learn how you can introduce radical self compassion into your life. Understand how you can be your own friend first. Learn the strategies to refuel themselves ahead of tests and at the end of a long day. Learn to become aware of their strengths and ask for feedback to improve themselves.
Free Resources For Parents Of High Schoolers
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Teenagers now average almost half of the amount of sleep that their counterparts did just a decade ago. Teenagers are finding themselves mostly distracted, lost and overwhelmed. And sadly the reasons have nothing to do with the academic pressure they face at school...read more