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
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
Culture and Background
Strengths Based Approach
Culture of Accountability via teamwork
How would you advise this student?
Snapshot of School Profiles
21st Century Skills
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.
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.
Be the Cheerleader
“ 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