LeftAlignRobert Frost once said, "I am not a teacher, but an awakener." Is there any value in that? The "United We Serve" website claims that mentoring is "An Investment Work Making," and goes on to explain, "The connection in mentoring — pairing young people with caring adults — is a youth development strategy that can create a path to successful adulthood for our children. We know that youth who have a mentor are more likely to:

* Attend and be more engaged in school (Students with mentors are 52% less likely than their peers to skip a day of school and 37% less likely to skip classes.)

* Finish high school and continue onto college

* Form more positive social attitudes and relationships

Mentors are not replacements for parents, guardians, or teachers, but they can inspire by example as an important member of the team responsible for a child’s development. (As the saying goes, “It takes a village to raise a child.”) They can feel free to expand the boundaries of the adult-child relationship to include more fun experiences that encourage positive choices, promote self-esteem and improve academic achievement."

Who's the Next Steve Jobs?

RightAlignAccording to the November 2013 article in Wired, How a Radical New Teaching Method Could Unleash a Generation of Geniuses, Hundreds of thousands of kids drop out of public high school every year. Of those who do graduate from high school, almost a third are “not prepared academically for first-year college courses,” according to a 2013 report from the testing service ACT. The World Economic Forum ranks the US just 49th out of 148 developed and developing nations in quality of math and science instruction. “The fundamental basis of the system is fatally flawed,” says Linda Darling-Hammond, a professor of education at Stanford and founding director of the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future. “In 1970 the top three skills required by the Fortune 500 were the three Rs: reading, writing, and arithmetic. In 1999 the top three skills in demand were teamwork, problem-solving, and interpersonal skills. We need schools that are developing these skills.” In the meantime, we have to go outside the box to give our children the well-rounded education they need to succeed in an ever-changing world.

CreativitySir Ken Robinson

In his famous 2006 Ted Talk, "How Schools Kill Creativity," Sir Ken Robinson explains, "All kids have tremendous talents, and we squander them pretty ruthlessly." He continues, "Creativity is now as important in education as is literacy, and we should treat it with the same status." He goes on to explain the importance of developing the whole child. (Watch the entire less-than-20-minute talk HERE.)

Mentoring ... The Best Form of Coaching for Children

Education that obsesses tirelessly to have children give "the correct answer" does not come close to meeting the needs of your whole child. Even more disconcerting, it leaves a lot of his or her human potential severely underdeveloped.

Life_Coaching_for_ChildrenWhat your child needs to thrive in the world tomorrow has very little to do with rote memorization. It has much to do, however, with life management skills, leadership, and looking for (and perhaps finding) creative solutions. Do not wait to support the whole development of your child. Take an active role today.

Our mentoring process involves communication that flows naturally. Quite simply, we ask a series of clarifying questions that stimulate exciting ideas and bring about the development of important life skills. Why do we do this, you ask? What's the ultimate goal? We see a massive hole in our standard educational system. We, therefore, choose to provide unique services that, at the very least, begins to fill in those holes. If we do our job properly, we can easily see your child moving forward confidently ... to secure his ultimate successes in all areas of life. You, the parent, get to decide whether or not that is something you choose for your child. If you do, call 770-912-9197 for an appointment. Our time together will take care of the rest.