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As a person, you reflect upon the people who have guided and mentored you throughout your development. Character development begins at birth and continues through various situations, conversations, relationships, etc. Character development is a continuous process that shapes your personality throughout your lifetime. There are many factors that shape a person’s character, such as their upbringing, their beliefs, and so on.

When someone achieves a goal, it is easy to forget the sacrifices and years of work that have been invested into achieving that goal. An individual who has a negative attitude may feel overwhelmed by the amount of work required to reach their aspiration. Your work ethic must be consistent if you wish to realize your dreams. If a person persists and buckles down in the face of a challenge, their disciplined approach will enable them to succeed in all aspects of their life.

Interaction and communication skills include verbal and non-verbal communication as well as appearance and gestures. As well as helping you to advance in your career, social skills are also an indication that you possess effective communication skills that will serve you effectively in your personal relationships. Communication skills are developed through social interactions and observation over time.

LEADERSHIP STRATEGIES

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Our mission is to empower young adults from high school to the age of 25 in low-income, at-risk communities by equipping them with the necessary skills and resources to secure meaningful career opportunities outside of traditional college or military paths. We are committed to fostering character development, self-awareness, and social life skills among our students. By providing comprehensive training in leadership strategies, professional dress, and resume writing, we aim to prepare them for success in the job market. Through our programs, we strive to instill confidence, resilience, and a strong work ethic, enabling our students to overcome challenges and achieve their full potential, ultimately creating a positive impact on their lives and communities.

Leadership Strategies

​Strategic leadership is effective when comprehensive investments in “leadership development” are congruent with the business’s strategic goals and aspirations. In order to achieve the desired outcomes, leadership strategy specifies:

  • The number of leaders necessary,
  • The “types” of leaders that are necessary,
  • Where leaders are needed most,
  • What skills leaders possess, and
  • How leaders should behave, both individually and collectively.

First, be a great listener

A leader might become so occupied with directing and managing a team, that they forgo listening to their followers, or other capable leaders. There is no such thing as an “expert in everything.” Hence, a good leader understands that even the most junior employee can learn something “new.” Since most organizations hire staff based on their specific expertise and experience, the effective leader should be able to interact with, and listen, to all employees. For instance, a manager may need advice from someone in the Accounting or Marketing department if those particular employees are experts in investments.

Second, leadership is to be respected

Companies implement organizational structures, in order for their employees to be made aware of whom to report to in cases where, distinct challenges arise in specific departments. It is vital that leaders follow these “chains of command” in order to avoid confusion and demoralization in the organization. If a leader does not respect the chain of command, employees may also find it difficult to report to their superiors.

Do not be afraid to dig in and help. Even though leaders are expected to provide direction, they should know their trade, and become involved in the actual work. For instance, by accompanying the marketing team on a field-visit to promote the company’s products, a leader should lead by example. In order to boost the morale of the team, the leader can “pitch” clients in the same manner as the marketing department. Accordingly, the leader will build trust among the employees by developing on-site skills and knowledge. By participating in the actual work, the leader will be able to understand the experiences of the marketing staff in the field, and thereby, help them find ways to succeed. The leader will ultimately benefit from this.

Keep your word when you give it

Rather than simply making promises, effective leaders must deliver actual results. In order for future success, leaders must focus on tangible results, and not dwell on past achievements that will not be repeated. Learning the Art of Delegation can accomplish this. The Art of Delegation teaches the practice of breaking down large tasks into smaller, manageable tasks, which can later be assigned to one or more employees. Afterwards, leaders can check if the work was done according to the standard. By delegating duties, leaders achieve results within a short period of time, incorporating a team-environment in the process.

Solve the problem in a timely manner

Organizations often encounter conflicts between employees. There are “leaders versus leaders,” or “leaders versus employees.” An organization’s leadership-competency is defined by how quickly conflicts are resolved. When conflicts arise, a wise leader should arbitrate to avoid stalling projects within the organization. Employees must see their leader’s “heart and mind” when embracing challenges, effectively maintaining morale in the organization.​

Respect and trust your team

The relationship between leaders and employees is strengthened by valuing the contributions of everyone in an organization. In order for employees to not feel “inferior” within an organization, the leader must demonstrate effective communication and listening skills. The leader should also be honest, fair, and considerate of the employee’s well-being. A leader’s interaction with employees is more effective when valuing the contributions of employees in the organization.

Our comprehensive program focuses on essential socialization skills, enabling our students to confidently navigate professional environments. We teach effective communication, networking, and collaboration, empowering them to thrive in any workplace setting.

An “Objectives” section used to be standard on resumes. However, most of them failed right from the start. When job seekers discussed their career goals and interests, employers wondered, “What’s in it for me?” This is called the Resume Title (also known as a Resume Headline). Your career objective is still included here, but you must also describe your value as an employee. 

As part of your job search, you should send a resume. Using your resume to showcase your skills, and experience, is important to help employers quickly find out who you are. You might include a few key sections on your resume, despite the fact that each resume will differ based on education, professional history, industry, and position. The purpose of this guide is to outline what to include on your application resume

Honestly, it does not take much time and effort to attain a professional look. Small changes can create an entirely new appearance. Keeping everything “professional” does not mean you have to look like everyone else. There is no rule for fashion, including office clothing (OK, maybe except for your organization’s dress code policy).

Choose your favorite shades of color; consider neutral ones. Neutral makes things look gentle but versatile. If you are bored with black, try navy, brown, and grey.  ​Do not let the workplace style “form” you. Mix in something new such as, denim with denim, or a crop-top with pants to impress yourself. Once again, no one sets fashion rules except for, “be yourself.” Dress in anything that makes you feel comfortable and confident.

SOCIALIZATION SKILLS

Interaction and communication skills include verbal and non-verbal communication as well as appearance and gestures. As well as helping you to advance in your career, social skills are also an indication that you possess effective communication skills that will serve you effectively in your personal relationships. Communication skills are developed through social interactions and observation over time. Whenever a professional behaves appropriately at all times, it makes it easier for them to accomplish their goals. This is because many people are willing to support them due to the high standards they adhere to

CAREER AND JOB PLACEMENT SUPPORT

Work is a way of earning money to meet your basic needs. There are always full-time and part-time opportunities available. It is possible to work for hourly pay or a set paycheck, rather than an annual salary, or benefits. Not all jobs require a specialized degree or advanced training, although certain skills may be required to do the job. In return for regular pay and responsibility for the duties outlined for them, companies expect their employees to perform their individual jobs.​

Your career is a long-term professional journey, you may have decided on based on your passions. You embark on this journey to fulfill your professional goals and ambitions. In order to reach these goals, you may need education or training. Many individuals pursuing careers have a set salary with benefits including stock options, retirement plans, pensions, and bonuses. The benefits reach far beyond monetary gains. Such benefits include, pride, satisfaction at work, and self-worth. Your career could last your entire life. As your career progresses, you might hold different jobs with several companies within your chosen industry.

​Having trouble finding a job or a career can be frustrating. We are here to assist you. We partner with reputable companies and organizations throughout Florida to find great candidates like you.

Foundation for Future Leaders: Middle School Empowerment

Here are some key points for middle school students to focus on for success in character development, self-awareness, socialization skills, leadership strategies, and dressing for success:

1. Character Development:
– Practice honesty and integrity in all your actions.
– Show respect for yourself and others.
– Take responsibility for your words and actions.
– Develop a strong work ethic and perseverance.
– Practice empathy and kindness towards others.

2. Self-Awareness:
– Reflect on your strengths and weaknesses.
– Set goals for yourself and work towards achieving them.
– Understand your emotions and learn how to manage them effectively.
– Be mindful of your thoughts and behaviors.
– Seek feedback from others to gain insights into yourself.

3. Socialization Skills:
– Develop good communication skills, including listening actively and speaking clearly.
– Practice empathy and try to understand others’ perspectives.
– Build positive relationships with peers and teachers.
– Work well in group settings and collaborate effectively with others.
– Resolve conflicts peacefully and respectfully.

4. Leadership Strategies:
– Lead by example and demonstrate the qualities you wish to see in others.
– Communicate effectively and inspire others with your vision.
– Delegate tasks appropriately and trust your teammates.
– Take initiative and be proactive in solving problems.
– Continuously seek to improve yourself and those around you.

5. Dress for Success:
– Dress appropriately for different occasions, such as school events, presentations, and interviews.
– Pay attention to personal grooming and hygiene.
– Choose clothes that make you feel confident and comfortable.
– Dress in a way that shows respect for yourself and others.
– Understand the importance of first impressions and how your appearance can influence others’ perceptions of you.

These keys to success can help middle school students develop important skills and qualities that will benefit them not only in their academic pursuits but also in their personal and professional lives.

Here is our middle school development plan based on the five topics of character development, self-awareness, socialization skills, leadership strategies, and dressing for success:

Middle School Development Plan

1. Character Development:
– Attend a character development workshop or seminar to learn about values like honesty, respect, and responsibility.
– Participate in community service projects to practice empathy and kindness towards others.
– Keep a journal to reflect on your actions and set goals for improving your character traits.
– Seek out a mentor or role model who exemplifies strong character values and learn from their example.

2. Self-Awareness:
– Take a personality assessment to better understand your strengths and areas for growth.
– Set SMART goals for academic, personal, and social development.
– Practice mindfulness and self-reflection techniques to increase self-awareness.
– Regularly review and adjust your goals based on your progress and feedback received from others.

3. Socialization Skills:
– Join a club or extracurricular activity to meet new people and practice social skills.
– Attend workshops or training sessions on effective communication and conflict resolution.
– Volunteer to lead group projects or activities to enhance your teamwork and collaboration skills.
– Organize a social event or fundraiser to strengthen your relationship-building skills.

4. Leadership Strategies:
– Take on leadership roles in school clubs or activities to build leadership experience.
– Attend leadership training sessions or workshops to develop your skills in communication, decision-making, and problem-solving.
– Mentor younger students to practice coaching and guiding others.
– Create a personal leadership development plan with short-term and long-term goals.

5. Dress for Success:
– Attend a workshop on professional dress and grooming to learn about appropriate attire for different occasions.
– Create a capsule wardrobe of versatile and stylish outfits that make you feel confident.
– Practice good hygiene and grooming habits to present a polished appearance.
– Seek feedback from trusted adults or peers on your outfit choices and grooming habits.

By following this development plan, middle school students can focus on building essential skills and qualities that will set them up for success in both their academic and personal lives. Regular reflection, adjustment, and feedback will be key to their growth and development throughout this journey.

How We Measure Success

Measuring the success of our students upon graduation can be done through various methods, including:

1. Employment Placement: Tracking the number of students who secure stable jobs with reputable companies such as FedEx, Amazon, UPS, the United States Postal Service, the City of Tampa, and others. This would involve monitoring the percentage of graduates who successfully enter the workforce within a set period after completing our program.

2. Continued Education: Monitoring the percentage of students who pursue further education or training after completing our program, such as enrolling in college, vocational programs, or specialized training courses.

3. Long-term Career Progress: Tracking the career advancement of our students over time, including promotions, increased job responsibilities, and long-term job retention.

4. Feedback and Surveys: Gathering feedback from both students and employers regarding the effectiveness of our program in preparing students for the workforce. This could include surveys about the relevance of the skills and knowledge gained, as well as the overall impact on their career development.

5. Community Impact: Assessing the broader impact of our program on the communities you serve, such as improvements in employment rates, economic stability, and social mobility for individuals from low-income and at-risk backgrounds.

By collecting and analyzing data related to these areas, we can gain valuable insights into the effectiveness of our leadership program and make informed decisions to enhance the support provided to our students.

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