As a teenager, who would you have called if you needed?
- A letter of recommendation for a job
- Transportation to a college tour
- To earn community service hours to graduate high school
- Answers to questions about sex or sexuality
- Tutoring in Geometry
Positive youth development means youth are fully prepared not problem free. Many adults are unable (yes, some are also unwilling) to provide young people with the specific kinds of knowledge and resources they need to thrive. A strong support system is essential to success.
Did You Know?
- National unemployment average for teens remains above 20% as teens face tough job competition from adults.
- Unemployment for young adults under 25 as high as 54%
- 53%of 18-24 year-olds have never moved out of or have returned to their parent’s homes
- Teens that age out of foster care have no homes to and are at greater risk of homelessness, poverty, incarceration, and early parenting.
- 86% of recent college graduates are once again living with their parents
Every year Ginny Robertson hosts a FREE holiday networking event that also showcases the products and services of On Purpose Networking for Women members.
Members of On Purpose Networking for Women will be selling, demonstrating and educating us on their products and services. This is a great opportunity to network, make new connections and search for that PERFECT holiday gift – even if that gift is something special just for you!
There are opportunities to meet business and wellness experts. Men are invited to attend and children are also welcome. The evening is casual – you can arrive when you want and stay as long as you want. Snack foods will be served all evening.
- Tuesday, December 10, 2013; 5:00PM – 9:00PM
- Homewood Suites By Hilton, 8320 Benson Drive, Columbia, MD 21045
The event is FREE so invite your friends and colleagues. Registration is appreciated as it allows for planning for food but not required.
YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE (x3):
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.
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