DRIVING QUESTION: Where the heck am I going and who can help me get there?
In this unit, students are directed away from the traditional mindset of, “What I want to be when I grow up?” to “Who is the person I want to be and become?” The idea of chasing a “lifestyle” is introduced by taking FYG’s signature Lifestyle Assessment and students will begin to align their strengths with their interests.
When young people think about their future, what do they lean on to be confident in their decisions? What are they basing their decisions on? Are they setting themselves up for success or failure? To add to the importance of confident decision-making, think about the differences in the “success” threshold for students who are blessed with opportunity vs. students who are not. With limited opportunities, the margin for error becomes razor-thin.
Students today cannot afford to be ignorant of their skills and talents. By knowing themselves, they can be more intentional and confident in their decisions about their future. In order to be set up for success, students need to develop an awareness that will guide them in the right direction, rather than landing in a failed destination.
In this activity, students will be introduced to the concept of mentorship. They will have a better understanding of what a mentor is and the benefits of having a mentor in their personal and professional lives. Your students will also be introduced to the concept of virtual mentorship.
We have spent a lot of time on the internal development and growth of the student towards a successful future. We now shift from this internal focus to leveraging support from those around us and the relationships we intentionally build. Helping students understand the power of mentors and the role they can play in the progression of their lives is critical to maximizing any opportunity.
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