First semester report cards have been issued and it’s time to implement the second semester academic plan.
- How did the first semester go?
- Is your teen’s first semester report card in their portfolio?
- Has the permission form from that interesting field trip been added?
- What about the flyer from that life skills course?
- Do your teens have a second semester academic plan?
I believe that a Packaged For Success™ Program portfolio is essential. Many people think you just put documents in a binder or folder — not so. You have heard the saying “the proof is in the pudding” right? Well, some of the proof is in the portfolio but that isn’t enough. A portfolio is a living project. Everything included in the portfolio should be relational. A portfolio should tell the story of your academic, professional, and/or service life.
Enroll your teens in our Packaged For Success™ Youth Portfolio Development Program and let us guide them through the process of building a meaningful portfolio and help them understand how to present the portfolio to others. The real proof is in their explanation of the portfolio.
Welcome to the end of 2013! Today I want to share three awesome resources available to support teens in foster care during the holiday season.
FosterClub, the national network for young people in foster care, recognizes the struggle faced by young people in and from foster care during the holidays. FosterClub provides the following Holiday Guides to offer ideas and encouragement to young people and the adults who support them.
- 12 Ideas for supportive adults to help a young person in foster care through the holidays (view here)
- Helping Young People in Foster Care Through the Holidays (view here)
- FosterClub’s Guide for Getting Through the Holidays (view here)
Many of you know that my favorite movie is Krush Groove. I also love Christmas music and old school hip hop. You don’t have to be a Rocket Scientist to figure that I am a Run DMC fan and one of my favorite Christmas songs is Christmas in Hollis. Check out the video here.
Our company is called The Teen Toolbox because we specialize in supporting teens by providing value to teens and adults!
You read that correctly!. We have something for YOU if you are a:
- Parent or Guardian of a teenager
- Clinician, Youth Worker, Case Manager, or Youth Pastor
- Child Welfare Administrator
- Adult relative of teens
- Supervisor or hiring manager
- Coworker of teens
Aren’t you covered in the list above?
In addition to writing our blog, we also deliver workshops, seminars, and training programs on the following topics:
- Youth Empowerment
- Foster Care and Life Skills
- Youth Leadership and Advocacy
- Teen Success Strategies
- Academic Enrichment
- Parent Engagement
PACKAGED FOR SUCCESS™ SEMINAR
Packaged For Success™ Youth Portfolio Development Program helps youth put their best foot forward. During our one day seminar, young people discover their strengths, record their achievements, and develop goals and action steps. The end result is a completed professional portfolio that may be used in a variety of academic and professional environments.
I am blessed and thankful for so many things…
- My daughter and extended family
- My health and strength
- My friends and colleagues
- My warm home
- Reliable transportation
- Food and clothing
- Ideas and plans
- Fun and laughter
- Peace and love
- My career/business that allows me to connect with YOU
I AM THANKFUL FOR YOU!
Thank you for sharing this blogging journey with me and for supporting our 7th Annual Pack A Purse Drive!.
What are you thankful for?
Nicki Sanders, MSW, Chief Visionary Officer
The Teen Toolbox utilizes youth portfolio development and civic engagement and academic empowerment strategies to help teens set goals for life after high school and create a road map to reach those goals through its PACKAGED FOR SUCCESS™ Programs. We are committed to supporting and raising awareness about the needs and potential of teenagers in the foster care system.
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Saturday, November 23, 2013 is National Adoption Day.
National Adoption Day is a collective effort to raise awareness of the more than 100,000 children and teens in the United States foster care system awaiting permanent families.
Ever year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, communities of parents, judges, and child advocates join together to celebrate adoptive families, finalize adoptions, and encourage others to get involved.
This annual, one-day event has made the dreams of thousands of children come true. In total, National Adoption Day helped nearly 44,500 children move from foster care to a forever family.
This year the National Adoption Day Coalition expects 4,500 children in foster care to be adopted on National Adoption Day, on November 23, 2013.
Get involved in an event in your community. Click here to find an event near you.
If you are a Facebook user you have probably read a few interesting things about your Facebook friends in the last week. I read the “game” updates that appeared on my timeline but had no desire to join the game so I didn’t comment. Then a friend posted a powerfully transparent status that sucked me in. I replied and she assigned me the number 8 this weekend. I had to play fair and write 8 things about myself. I have written three blog posts about myself fairly recently so I started there. I referenced the blogs in numbers 1-3 and made sure not to repeat any “life” details in 4-8.
Today, I thought I’d share my life with my blog community (again). Here we go…
- Eight Things About Nicki (blog)
- What Am I Afraid To Tell You (blog)
- I Told My Daughter She Can Change The World (blog)
- I doubt that my humility has always served me well – especially in business. I need to sit with that for a minute.
SPRING 2014 COMMUNICATIONS INTERNSHIP FOR COLLEGE STUDENT IN FOSTER CARE
Flexible internship opportunity will utilize journalism, public relations, and marketing strategies.
The Teen Toolbox Spring 2014 Internship Opportunity is designed to be a mutually beneficial working relationship. Internship is an unpaid opportunity for Washington metropolitan area college student in foster care or recent foster care alumni. The Teen Toolbox will provide practical work experience that allows intern to develop and enhance skills in journalism, marketing, and public relations. Intern will receive quality training and have access to critical academic and career resources. Intern is encouraged to take initiative and request assignments or projects that relate specifically to their career goals and that will strengthen this professional experience.
Intern must be self-motivated and able to work independently. Intern and Chief Visionary Officer will agree on tasks weekly. Many tasks can be completed online and reviewed with Chief Visionary Officer by telephone and email. Intern and Chief Visionary Officer will meet in person at least twice per month. Internship will begin in January 2014 and end in May 2014. Maximum 10 hours per week. Renewal is possible.