Literacy Changes Lives!

I am a lover of books and a huge proponent of student community service.  This post is dedicated to the union of the two.   Becoming a literacy volunteer or a tutor is a great way for students to earn community service hours while helping improve lives.  Words are all around us – on signs, …

What About That Opportunity?

Successful people take action.  They get up and get moving in the direction of their dreams.  In order to achieve success, one must be able to seek out and take advantage of opportunities.  But how do you effectively evaluate job, academic, business, housing, and even relationship opportunities?   A prerequisite for making wise choices or …

Putting Students On The Road To College

There are different options available for post secondary education but a four year bachelor-degree granting institution is the most recommended (and sometimes most controversial) option.  Whatever your mode of transportation you take on a road trip, your vehicle must have fuel.  The same is true as students travel on the road to college.  Telling a …

Establish A Good Relationship With Your Child’s School

I believe that parents are a child’s first teacher.  Most parents know their children better than anyone else.  When parents share information with educators that helps them understand the student, they are helping their child get a better education.  Building and maintaining a good relationship with your child’s school might be one of the most …

Yes, Every Teen Needs A Portfolio

As you know by now, PACKAGED FOR SUCCESS™ Portfolio Development Program is our professional portfolio development program for teens.  Through this program we provide templates, tips, and resources for teens to develop a strong professional portfolio.  I’m often asked if I believe that every teen needs a professional portfolio and my answer is always the …

The World Is Your Classroom

Why did we choose the motto “The World is Your Classroom”? What does that really mean? The phrase actually has several meanings to us. In its simplest form “the world is your classroom” means that every encounter is a learning opportunity. It suggests “hands on learning” or “learning by doing”. For example: • Teens can …

Do You Judge A Teen By Their Packaging?

Do you judge an item by its’ packaging when it arrives in the mail or sits on the table at a birthday party? We have all done that at one time or another. Do you also judge teens by their packaging? I consider clothing, language, communication style, social media posts, grades, extracurricular activities and even …

Literacy, Education, Service!

The three areas that are on my mind this week are literacy, education, and community service. I love books – reading is a window to a new world. (Super Rich by Russell Simmons is our February book of the month) Education is the key to new experiences and new opportunities. Community service is what I breathe!  Service …

Show and Tell Parenting

Every parent I know has helped their preschool or Kindergarten child get ready for “Show and Tell”.  Remember how it was such a big deal for the child who wanted to bring their favorite or special “thing” to share with their classmates?  Not any old thing would do.   Thought and care went into the selection …