Developing the Learning Success™ program came from my passion to inspire and educate ALL youth. I wanted to ensure that they have the tools to develop a positive and healthy mindset, resilience and confidence along their journey, and as a result, will make a positive impact on their family and community.
We don't really need scientific studies to tell us the state of our youth today. Although there is plenty of scientific evidence to show how much the youth of today are struggling. Just talk to them, so many are suffering from anxiety, depression, lack of confidence, lack of positive self-esteem, overall poor mental health and seem to have a negative or distorted perspective and worldview.
Numerous studies show that social media and electronics have a big part to play in this. It's a huge part of their life and what they have been brought up with. Also the years from puberty to early adulthood are key years in the formation of the frontal lobe of the brain, the part responsible for our executive function skills; time management, organization, adaptable thinking, decision making, self-control, reactions to situations, task initiation, goal setting, etc. Knowing these skills are just being developed during those years should be a sign that it's a good time to practice them. But unfortunately that's not happening very much.
Are these skills taught in the public school system? In high school? Maybe minimally. The reality is, teachers are stretched thin, juggling many things to make the students' learning experience the best one. They are concerned about the student's well being and want to ensure students learn the curriculum. Not much time is able to be dedicated to teaching the skills or practicing them. Some youth might be taught some of these things at home but those would be the lucky ones. Some may learn they can change their mindset but they are not really taught HOW to do it and that it takes DAILY PRACTICE to develop the skill for success.
If given the right tools and knowledge, youth can realize they have the ability to shift their mindset to live a fuller life and work to their potential, being positive contributors to their community. If given the right tools, they can learn to develop their skills at a younger age, setting them up for earlier success in school, sport, work and life. Like any skill, if you understand it more, and are given the tools to practice, develop, improve, and sharpen it, you will learn to master it. And depending on the skill, it can make a huge positive difference in your life.
This is why the Learning Success™ program is so incredibly valuable. By integrating this program into community organizations that work with youth, is a solution to this societal issue. It's a win for all; parents, community organizations, schools and teachers and most importantly for the youth. We will all see the benefits of how a healthy mindset is the foundation to build upon, ensuring success and wellness in all areas in the life of our youth...our future.