"Intelligence plus character" that is the goal of true education - Martin Luther King Jr.
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Training Sessions

In this part of our website we place a summary of our weekly training class held here at our center. We hope that our methods of training that we instill in our mentors and youth will be a benefit for others who serve the youth as well. Feel free to contact us with any additional questions or concerns that you may have. Our center is always looking and willing to partner with other goal oriented youth agencies.

Lesson: The Importance of Positive Thinking (change your thinking and you change your outcome) 

Replace This:                                                    With This:

I can't                                                             I can

What if I can't                                                  It's a new opportunity

It's too hard                                                     It's a challenge

I don't want to                                                  I intend to

I don't believe                                                   I believe

I am going to fail                                               I will succeed

I don't know                                                     I know

I am failing at                                                   It's my challenge

I fail                                                                I stumble

I won't make it                                                  I will make it

It's too difficult                                                  It's a big challenge

     It has been said that whatsoever a person thinks and so they become. A wise person thinks wise thoughts and so they become wise. A foolish person thinks foolish thoughts and so they become foolish.

     The role of positive thinking has many benefits from making one mentally strong to giving one an abundance of confidence to overcome whatsoever holds them back. By encouraging positive thinking into a youth not only do you show your confidence in them but you also show them that you care as well (encouragement and care are two of the mentors most greatest tools that they can possess
Lesson: 50 Power points of Mentoring (1 - 30 / instilling positive values)

  1) Good things take extra effort
  2) You create your future by what you do today
  3) As long as one is willing to learn they are able to be taught
  4) Just because one makes a mistake doesn't mean they are a mistake
  5) A mistake stops being a mistake when a lesson is learned from it
  6) Any lesson learned can be used to benefit someone else
  7) Everyone has something that can be used to benefit someone else
  8) When one door shuts another one opens - although sometimes you may have to look for it
  9) Everything happens for a reason (seen or unseen)
10) Failure can only happen if one lets it and will only last as long as one lets it
11) Lasting changes are a process - they do not happen overnight
12) In order to achieve a goal one must first have a plan
13) To be successful in life takes work, dedication and persistence
14) Every situation (good or bad) is an opportunity to prove something to someone
15) Everyone is responsible for his/her own actions
16) You must first have respect for others before others will have respect for you
17) Everybody needs somebody - at one time or another
18) It is hard for people to care about you if you do not care about anyone except for you
19) You reap what you sow
20) A person is often known by the company they keep (successful people hang around with successful people)
21) Education is like air you cannot survive without some form of it
22) Anything worth having is worth working for
23) You do not have a right to anything that you have not work for
24) Struggle is merely proof that one has not been overcome yet
25) The smallest step in the right direction can create joy and purpose for life
26) A wise person always invest in someone else
27) A person will only be remembered for one or two things (what they did or what they did not do)
28) No one is right all the time
29) It's o.key to be wrong (it takes a big person to admit when they are)
30) Second chances are not promise however they can be earned (consider it a blessing when you get one)  

Note: Next week we complete the second phase of our study of: The 50 power points of mentoring for mentors please be sure not to miss this important conclusion of our st

Lesson: 50 power point of mentoring for mentors (31-50 / key points of successful mentoring)

31) Focus on the youth needs and not your wants or desires
32) Get the know the youths family without getting overly involved
33) If you are not sure about something - research before responding to it (use your mentor staff as a resource)
34) Never develop a relationship by authority but by trust and respect for each other
35) Always maintain the youths self-esteem
36) Listen and respond to the youth with empathy
37) Allow the youth to have a say-so in all decisions
38) Never attempt use control over the youth
39) Offer help without taking responsibility of the goal
40) Express confidence in the youths ability
41) Help the youth create a success line (one successful goal accomplish after another)
42) Share ideas together and then work towards achieving them together
43) Don't make assumptions
44) Don't push too hard - allow the youth  time to find answers and their own paths to productivity
45) Use empowerment phrases such as: I know you can and I believe in you
46) Always maintain a positive attitude and an environment in which the youth may grow
47) Value all questions - remember the only stupid question is the one never ask
48) Listen to the youths complete question even though you may already know what it is
49) Think before you answer any question
50) Avoid using large or complicate words, talk on a level that the youth can relate

Lesson: Encouragement - the forgotten key

     This weeks lesson classes were taught on the values of encouragement as a tool for motivating youth into action. The instructor used key points, exercise scenarios and video to demonstrate the importance of properly placed encouragement

Important points:
1) Everyone is good at something but no one is good at everything how will the youth know unless they try
2) A good mentor will encourage the youth when they need it the most and back off when they need it the least
3) Each person responds different to different forms of encouragement, you may have to try several methods
4) A youth should never stay or socialize with people who do not encourage them to be the best that they can be
5) When properly placed, encouragement is one of the mentors greatest tools they posses

Lesson: Attitudes

    This week lesson focus on the different forms of attitudes, possible reasons, ways to re-direct negative attitudes back into positive attitudes and when to leave it alone.

Important points:
1) Everybody has an attitude either good or bad
2) A persons attitude is often in a direct relationship to that persons circumstance
3) Never attempt to re-direct a bad attitude without first understanding the nature of that attitude
4) When dealing with negative attitudes always use empowerment phrases such as I know, I believe or you can
5) If a persons attitude becomes aggressive, physical or abusive, then that attitude may not be ready for re-direction and may require a longer water it down period (time frame in which you attempt to take small steps towards easing a negative attitude)

Lesson: Grudges and Forgiveness

Important points:
1) Behind every negative grudge there is a reason
2) Before attempting to solve a negative grudge mentality find out the reason for that mentality
3) Never push or demand a person to become open but give them the opportunity to reveal