This year, a multi-disciplinary team of organizations created a new initiative which aims to create opportunities for economic success for those without high school degrees, and those who have graduated but do not have sufficient skills to begin a meaningful career. The New Skills For Youth (NSFY) program was created by the Council of Chief State School Officers, National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium and Education Strategy Group, and is funded by JPMorgan Chase & Co.
“The tragedy in life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in not having a goal to reach.”
— Benjamin Mays
Most people carry at least one map in their cars. Few people would venture off on a road trip to a place they had never before visited without a map to show them the way. No one likes getting lost on a road trip.
What grows in the winter, but dies in the summer?
If you answered “students’ interest in planning their future,” you’ll want to continue reading! You may have noticed that as the weather heats up, students’ motivation to think about college and careers melts like ice in July. (And if you don’t know the real answer to the riddle, that’s a hint!)
“A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other.”
Did you make any New Year’s resolutions this year? Are you sticking to them? If you’re still on track, you’re ahead of many of us. Research shows that more than 35 percent of resolution makers have abandoned their resolve by the end of January. The most popular day for raising a white flag on good intentions is January 10: that’s only 10 days of willpower!
Nonetheless, one study found that 23 percent of our resolutions last through the year. What makes that 23 percent stick, while others wilt like the forgotten vegetables of our healthier eating resolution?
Being a high school student isn’t easy. Homework and tests can be overwhelming. After-school activities like sports, clubs and music offer fun challenges, but also involve more time commitments. Fitting friends and family into the day can be a scheduling nightmare.
Plus, many teens have part-time jobs, either to earn money or to develop new skills. It’s no wonder many students struggle with balancing the different parts of their lives.
Finding the right balance is possible, though. Learning some strategies now to juggle all their responsibilities can help students become happy, healthy adults.