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The Hard Truth About Soft Skills College Success Foundation DC. Panel for Today. Kya N. Dixon, MS Senior Program Officer, College Programs Kevin Mungin, MA Senior Program Officer, HERO Program Nicole E. Smith, MSEd Senior Program Officer, School Programs.

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The Hard Truth About Soft Skills College Success Foundation DC


Panel for Today

Kya N. Dixon, MS

Senior Program Officer, College Programs

Kevin Mungin, MA

Senior Program Officer, HERO Program

Nicole E. Smith, MSEd

Senior Program Officer, School Programs


College Success Foundation DC :Who Are We?


Who Are Our Students?

  • Families must be considered Pell eligible to apply

  • Mostly first-generation college-bound students

  • 96% qualify for free or reduced lunch

  • 99% African American

  • Average GPA 2.6

  • Many do not live with a biological parent

  • Many are significantly underprepared for college level work


Environment

Supportive People

Culture and Background

Strengths Based Approach

Culture of Accountability via teamwork


Strictly the Numbers….


Student Profile

  • Family: 1 of 6

  • 100% Pell Eligible

  • Parents never married

  • Incarcerated at age 14

  • Muslim

  • 2.7 GPA (no honors/2 AP classes)

  • 750/800 SAT

  • Interest: sports management

  • Participated in OUDC

  • Applied to Morehouse, Penn State, University of Delaware, UCONN, Frostburg, UDC, Delaware State, Lincoln University (PA)

    How would you advise this student?


Questions to Consider:

  • What is your overall feeling about this student?

  • What conversations/advice would you have concerning the schools the student would like to

    apply to?

  • How would you advise the student in the following areas:

  • Financial

  • Academic

  • Social Emotional

  • Cultural

  • Racial

  • What do you feel are the students strengths and areas of concern/weakness?


Snapshot of School Profiles


Foundational Research

Non-Cogs/

21st Century Skills

Counseling

Theories

Culturally

Sensitive

Research

Intelligences

Student

Development

Theory

  • Bloom, Hutson & Ye

  • Appreciative Advising

  • Carl Rogers

  • Humanistic

  • Theory

  • William Glasser

  • Choice Theory

  • Sternberg

    Triarchic

    Theory

  • Gardner

    Multiple Intelliences

  • Reuven Bar-On

    EQi

  • Donald O. Clifton Strengths Finder

  • Sedlacek

  • 8 Areas

  • Duckworth

  • Grit & Self -

  • Discipline

  • William E. Cross

  • People of Color Identity Model

  • Theresa LaFromboise

  • Cultural Acquisition

  • Reisser & Chickering

  • Identity

  • Development

  • Tinto

  • Retention Theory

  • Perry

  • Ethical & Intellectual Development


Non-Cognitive Factors


21st Century Skills


Duckworth: Grit and Self-Discipline


Will Smith


Will Smith

The only thing that I see that is distinctly different about me is I'm not afraid to die on a treadmill. I will not be out-worked, period. You might have more talent than me, you might be smarter than me, you might be sexier than me, you might be all of those things you got it on me in nine categories. But if we get on the treadmill together, there's two things: You're getting off first, or I'm going to die. It's really that simple, right?

You're not going to out-work me. It's such a simple, basic concept. The guy who is willing to hustle the most is going to be the guy that just gets that loose ball. The majority of people who aren't getting the places they want or aren't achieving the things that they want in this business is strictly based on hustle. It's strictly based on being out-worked; it's strictly based on missing crucial opportunities. I say all the time if you stay ready, you ain'tgotta get ready.


Counseling Theories: Appreciative Advising

Make a positive first impression with the student, build rapport, and create a safe, welcoming space.

Ask positive open-ended questions that help advisers learn about students' strengths, skills, and abilities.

Co-create a plan for making their dreams a reality.

Inquire about students' hopes and dreams for their futures.

Advisers and students alike need to set their own internal bars of expectations high

The student delivers on the plan created during the Design phase and the adviser is available to encourage and support students.


Counseling Theories: Carl RogersHumanistic Theory


Counseling Theories: William Glasser


Culturally Sensitive Research

LaFromboise

  • Assimilation Model

  • Acculturation Model

  • Alternation Model

  • Multicultural Model

  • Fusion Model

    “Melting Pot”

Cross

  • Pre-Encounter Stage

  • Encounter Stage

  • Immersion/Emersion Stage

  • Internalization Stage

  • Internalization Commitment Stage


Intelligences: SternbergTriarchic Theory

  • 3 types of intelligence

  • All people have all 3 to some degree

  • Most people are stronger in one type than the others

  • Intelligence is trainable

  • Intelligence is affected by and related to culture


Intelligences: Gardner


Intelligences: Bar-On EQi


Intelligences: Clifton StrengthsFinder


Student Development Theories:TintoRetention Theory


Readvise


Questions to Consider:

  • What is your overall feeling about this student?

  • What conversations/advice would you have concerning the schools the student would like to

    apply to?

  • How would you advise the student in the following areas:

  • Financial

  • Academic

  • Social Emotional

  • Cultural

  • Racial

  • What do you feel are the students strengths and areas of concern/weakness?


CSF Good Math

  • 83% of HERO participants receive the Achievers Scholarship

  • 99% HS Graduation Rate

  • 85% of Achievers enroll in college the first semester immediately after graduating from high school

  • 28% College Graduation Rate compared to 3% in Wards 7 and 8


Be the Role Model


Be Naked.


Be Encouraging and Corrective.


Be the Cheerleader


Strictly the Numbers….


“ The question is not whether we can afford to invest in every child;

it is whether we can afford NOT to.”

~ Marion Wright Edelman. Founder & President. Children’s Defense Fund


Like us? Love us? Want more? Feel free to contact us:

Kevin Mungin

[email protected]

Kya Dixon

[email protected]

Nicole E. Smith

[email protected]


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