iLead: Leadership & Life for Today's Youth

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With record numbers of children dropping out of school, running away from, home, be placed outside of the home, and “aging out” of State custody iLead seeks to fill the gap in revealing the leader in each of these children by developing their personal vision,
uncovering their strengths, revealing resources for their achievement, implement communication skills, and giving them the tools and techniques for lifelong success. iLead is not another “positive thinking" program for “troubled youth” it is a life toolbox for young people.

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iLead: Leadership & Life for Today's Youth

  1. 1. Mission Statement • iLead has been created to provide: – a comprehensive road map for success – a conduit to improve avenues of communication – fundamental exercises for leadership 2013 © Sygnature Solutions
  2. 2. • Adolescents go into adulthood with appropriate tools for: – sound decision making – goals setting – open communication with parents, other adults and peers – a plan for continued success Vision 2013 © Sygnature Solutions
  3. 3. Issues • In 2007, nearly 6.2 million students in the United States between the ages of 16 and 24 dropped out of high school. This total represents 16 percent of all people in the United States in that age range in 2007.[1] • Home is an important aspect of adolescent psychology: home environment and family have a substantial impact on the developing minds of teenagers, and these developments may reach a climax during adolescence. • Adolescents find themselves bored, indecisive and/or unmotivated.[24] • Peer pressure is a common experience. 2013 © Sygnature Solutions
  4. 4. Issues • Views of family relationships during adolescence are changing. The old view of family relationships during adolescence put an emphasis on conflict and disengagement. The thought was that storm and stress was normal and even inevitable. However, the new view puts emphasis on transformation or relationships and maintenance of connectedness. • In adolescence conflicts with parents arises from two different ways of looking at the same issue, often resulting in a decrease of communication. • Young people are often unprepared and ill-equipped with appropriate life skills to succeed consistently. 2013 © Sygnature Solutions
  5. 5. Who is an iLead Candidate? • Youth ages 13-19 who: – have untapped leadership potential – are unfocused, unsure of future – desire to build for their future – have difficulty communicating with adults – are recommended by parent, teacher, or social service agency – are aging out of social service care 2013 © Sygnature Solutions
  6. 6. What Participants Can Expect • Explore challenges to your goals. • To design an effective support structure. • Discover your personal strengths and weakness. • To be exposed to the ideas of entrepreneurship. • Learn and actively develop a budget. 2013 © Sygnature Solutions
  7. 7. What Participants Can Expect •To develop effective communication with others •Assess their overall health in life (financial, personal, interpersonal, etc.) •To be enlivened, empowered, and comfortable as a person 2013 © Sygnature Solutions
  8. 8. What Topics are Covered? • Defining Goals • SMART Goals Method for successful planning • Getting Support • Excellence as a Standard • Personal Magnetism • Taking Action • Self-Discipline • Enthusiasm and Imagination • Life Lessons and Money • Health Mind, Healthy Body: Fuel for the Future • Putting it Together for Success 2013 © Sygnature Solutions
  9. 9. iLead through... Purposeful Living and You Are Not Alone: •Define your goals. •Set milestones develop a core support team for achievement. SMART Goal Strategies: specific goal, measuring progress, attainable goals, realistic, and grounded in time and tangible through one of the 5 senses. •Create a Personal Action Plan. 2013 © Sygnature Solutions
  10. 10. iLead through… Faith is Your Fortune, Personal Magnetism, and Taking Action: •Explore your given personal strengths •Uncover your “Productivity Recipe” those ingredients which make you successful •Define your personal standard •Create Actions to produce successful goal achievement 2013 © Sygnature Solutions
  11. 11. iLead through… Coordination and Discipline, Enthusiasm and Imagination: •Learn 10 Steps to Self-Discipline. •How to use enthusiasm and imagination to achieve your goals •Using the Language of Productivity to stay in action •Implementing environmental factors for success •Creating a vision of your destiny 2013 © Sygnature Solutions
  12. 12. iLead through… Life Lessons and Money: •Remove past barriers to future success •How to create the past as a stepping stone to future success •Manage commitments for success in money and life •Explore the idea of entrepreneurship engage in budgeting •Create Weekly Productivity Plan 2013 © Sygnature Solutions
  13. 13. Health Mind, Healthy Body, Fuel for the Future: •Defining health •Health as an access to success •Complete personal assessment •Create Personal Health actions •7 Habits for Highly Successful People iLead through… 2013 © Sygnature Solutions
  14. 14. Sidney Gaskins Leadership & Life Success for Youth iLead was developed by Sidney Gaskins, a former social worker turned adoptive parent with a passion for children and families. With 15 plus years of work with children, families, and communities Sidney has taken the principles of success and achievement, usually reserved for adults, and crafted them into an effective, highly interactive, and motivational program for youth. With record numbers of children dropping out of school, running away from, home, be placed outside of the home, and “aging out” of State custody iLead seeks to fill the gap in revealing the leader in each of these children by developing their personal vision, uncovering their strengths, revealing resources for their achievement, implement communication skills, and giving them the tools and techniques for lifelong success. iLead is not another “positive thinking program” for “troubled youth” it is a life toolbox for young people. meet
  15. 15. For further information, booking, or professional training in the program materials: Phone: 210-701-1344 eMail: sidneygaskins@gmail.com
  16. 16. OTHER PROGRAMS iLaunch (8-12+) Family Success University
  17. 17. References [1] Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, and the Alternative Schools Network in Chicago, Illinois. http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/05/05/dropout.rate.study/i ndex.html [24] Thomas Kelly, Positive psychology and adolescent mental health: false promise or true breakthrough?, 2004

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