Schools are not teaching young adults the skills they need for life.
Real Life is Coming
As a parent your greatest hope for your child is that they will have a happy and successful life. They’ve spent the last decade of their life in school preparing for their future and you have a couple of short years left to ensure they are ready to leave the nest and fly.
Do they have all the skills they’ll need to be successful and happy as they go out into the world?
Unfortunately, many teens and young adults are not adequately prepared for life after high school. They may have even excelled in high school, but now they go out into the world as a little fish in a big pond.
Classes are stressful.
Roommates are difficult.
Choosing a career is overwhelming.
Jobs are tricky to find.
Bosses are demanding.
Time is difficult to manage.
Self doubt creeps in.
“I have to pass my exams, do my laundry, go to work, feed myself, and try to have a social life?”
High school did not prepare them for this.
All these new challenges really start to build up. They feel overwhelmed, stressed, and anxious. That leads to underperformance and poor time management. Their confidence in themselves and their ability to be successful begins to waiver.
Many turn to unhealthy coping mechanisms–alcohol, eating disorders, pornography, excessive video gaming. Some might drop out, quit their job, and move back home. They’ll figure it all out later.
They feel powerless to change things. They feel they are the victim. Things weren’t supposed to be this hard.
Eventually the phone call home comes letting mom or dad know that they are not happy.
This is not the life they envisioned for themselves, and certainly not what you had hoped for them.
As parents, you think,
"Wasn’t school supposed to prepare them for this?"
No. It wasn't.
There is So Much More to Success Than
For young adults that have these crucial life skills, the years after high school are much more successful and enjoyable.
When they get a demanding boss, they are still able to build a successful relationship with them.
When class loads get heavy, they are able to manage their mind and, therefore, their time.
When unforeseen circumstances affect their job or relationships, they are able to control their emotions and find meaningful and lasting solutions.
They don’t just set goals, they are able to motivate themselves to achieve them despite set backs.
Calls home to mom or dad are loaded with stories of conquests and accomplishments.
Parents are at peace knowing that their child is living the happy and successful life they always hoped for them.
Very few teens are deliberately taught these crucial life skills.
Ask Yourself This:
Is Your Young Adult Really Ready for College and Career?
Like, for realsies?
Because the last time I checked, being successful in either one of those categories involves so much more than being able to pass a test.
It involves people skills.
Decision making skills.
Emotional management skills.
These are often called "soft" skills, but I call them crucial skills teens need to achieve all those dreams they have.
And they are left out of school's College and Career programs.
That's why I created the Crucial Life Skills program.
The Crucial Life Skills Program
Young Adults go through a 3 month program that involves training videos, one-on-one instruction & coaching, and live webinars that teach teens the following skills:
Identifying the true cause of problems and solving them
Creating a successful relationship with anybody
Handling the difficult emotions that are part of real life
Developing a self-image that will make you unstoppable
Motivating yourself even when you don't feel like it
After the Program, Participants Will Be Able To:
identify the source of any problem and how to solve it
create a successful relationship with any peer or superior
process emotions that arise from failures, loss, or other's actions
develop and maintain a positive and powerful self-image
manage their time to plan and accomplish goals
build the happy and successful life they want
Two Tracks to Choose From
Includes 6 one-one-one coaching workshops with me and the teen. In these workshops, teens get direct coaching help in applying the skills to specific circumstances in their life.
Includes 6 webinar-style coaching workshops with me and every teen in Track B. All cameras are off but mine, and teens can submit questions live or ahead of time.
Why Two Tracks?
Some teens are up for one-on-one coaching and some are not. And that's totally okay! While getting the personal coaching in Track A is the best way to get personalized results, the "less personal" approach of Track B allows teens who feel uncomfortable meeting one-on-one to still participate in the program and benefit from a live coaching workshop where teens watch and can submit questions or volunteer for live coaching.
Everything else remains the same, including individual accountability and rewards.
The Program Structure
A 45 minute coaching workshop every other week via video conference (6 total)
Individual (Track A), Webinar (Track B)
An engaging training video to watch the weeks between sessions (6 total)
Access to downloadable planners, worksheets, and graphic organizers
Monthly Meetup - connect and compete with other teens to earn points (virtual)
Entertaining and instructive bonus content released regularly
Lifetime access to all the content (and any new material released)
Schedules and deadlines to follow along with a group of peers
Access to my other training videos and courses for young adults
Enrollment in my Reward Program
(How I Get Young Adults to Actually Do the Work in the Program)
The Reward Program is how I solved the problem of people not finishing stuff.
Every teacher's and parent's big question is "how do I motivate young adults to do the things I want them to do?"
My answer? Give them access to rewards they actually want.
Xbox controllers. Designer clothes. Air Pods. Beats. A case of Flammin' Hot Cheetos to call their own.
These are all rewards they can win.
But they have to earn them.
Every month, they earn Experience Points (XP) by completing challenges, participating in live calls, finishing tasks, and showing up. The more XP they have, the more likely they are to win one of the monthly rewards.
It's kind of like Chuck E. Cheese on steroids. But instead of getting rewards for playing pointless games, they get rewards for learning crucial life skills.
Will They Actually Learn Anything?
Not just anyone can teach these skills and have them stick.
As a certificated teacher, certified life coach, a trained performer and writer for film and television, I am uniquely qualified to reach young adults.
My content is designed to bring them in, hook them, and deliver these valuable concepts
I follow the Marvel Movie approach: make it powerful, make it funny, make it memorable.
Frequently Asked Questions
What ages is the program for?
The Crucial Life Skills Program is perfect for young adults ages 15-25. The skills learned will help them with everything they experience during that tie, including school, dating, marriage, friends, and career goals.
Will my young adult be interacting with other young adults?
No. Young adults do not have access to each other and can only see the other participant's first name and last initial, progress, and who wins the monthly rewards. During the monthly Live Calls, I am the only one who can see the questions or comments that are submitted.
What is the main way you will be communicating with my young adult?
I use Bloomz, an award-winning parent-student-teacher communication app to send reminders, notifications, links and to award points.
What is the parent's role in the program?
Parents have the option to sign up for notifications of their child's progress, accomplishments, and reminders via the Bloomz app. All reminders and challenges will be the young adult's responsibility to complete, though parents may follow along and encourage as much or as little as they'd like.
Is my young adult guaranteed to win a reward?
No. Winners are selected based off of the amount of points they earn for completing work, watching videos, and finishing challenges. The more points they get, the more it increases their chances of winning a reward. However, there is no guarantee that a participant will win a reward in the three month program.