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Monday, 15 March 2010 00:00

Walking the Walk

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"A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself."– Oprah Winfrey "Leadership is communicating to people their worth and potential so clearly that they come to see it in themselves."--Stephen Covey, The 8th habit The two quotes above speak so powerfully to the importance of having…
Due to the nature of my job, I visit a lot of afterschool programs throughout the country. A common element I've noticed at any program, whether they are in schools, community buildings, or churches, is the smell. It is the same no matter where I go. There's always a hint…
Monday, 01 March 2010 00:00

The Importance of Being Intentional

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Sue, an afterschool staff member, races into the school at 2:30 p.m. She came from a school across town where she has been a substitute all day. Sue gives a hurried "hello" to the school administrative assistant as she signs in for the day. Now, Sue runs down to the…
Monday, 22 February 2010 00:00

Heroes Through Collaboration

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Quick, name any movie you can think of that's about education. Here are a few that immediately come to my mind: To Sir With Love...Stand and Deliver...Dangerous Minds...Dead Poets Society...Freedom Writers Diary. As you made your list did you notice that they all tell a similar story – the story…
Building on the concept that the most productive learning comes through active involvement, the effectiveness of any program that seeks to develop skills in youth must be rich in activity. Remember, most of the students sit for almost 7.5 hours a day! They are eager to be involved in activities…
Saturday, 09 January 2010 00:00

Take Cover, and Be Prepared, Here Comes the Rain!

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I had 30 minutes to kill this morning after eating my standard: oatmeal, fruit, and 2 eggs breakfast. While waiting for my 13 year old to get her lunch together, I decided to see if I could catch up with local news. (Side bar: Being that I am a busy…
Monday, 01 February 2010 00:00

Dream, Baby, Dream

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As you may know, I am privileged to do school assemblies across the country speaking to all kinds of students. Even when I start driving onto the school campus I begin to feel those "dad emotions" coming up in me. I want to hug every person. I want to spend…
These ABC's are philosophical foundations. They are new and powerful paradigms. Paradigms are like mental models that we all have about the way things should be done in afterschool programs. These ABC's might challenge the paradigms or mental models that you might carry in your own mind. We challenge you…


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