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:
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In addition to writing our blog, we also deliver workshops, seminars, and training programs on the following topics:
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…
In case this is your visit to our website, allow me to introduce myself.
My name is Nicki Sanders, Chief Visionary Officer of The Teen Toolbox. Our mission is to help teenagers make a smoother transition into adulthood. I’m a Mother, Youth Advocate, Life Skills Expert, Entrepreneur, and Trainer. I developed our Packaged For Success™ programs to help teens age 14-21 set goals for life after high school and create a road map to reach those goals. I have a special passion to serve teens in foster care as they create life-long connections and achieve economic independence. In addition, I offer professional development training for youth workers and educators. I hold a Master’s degree in Social Work and over fifteen years of direct experience with youth and families in residential, school-based, and community based programs.
This past weekend I attended yet another funeral. A classmate I had known since elementary school passed suddenly. This friend and I graduated from elementary school, junior high school, and high school together. Many of our classmates celebrated his life together this weekend because we were more than classmates. We were a family and three decades later we are still family. #LOVE
I’ve blogged about the love I have for my old neighborhood, school, and very special teachers. Our Pre-Kindergarten teacher was at the homegoing service. She called our on the telephone who sent her love although she couldn’t be in attendance. Education is about more than academics. We received a strong foundation that has carried us through our lives. We all love these women and they still love us.
It was sad reuniting with people I care about under these circumstances but a reminder to me of why I do what I do. Disruptions and disconnections should not be a regular part of life for anyone. Children and teens in foster care need and deserve unconditional love, nurturing, stability, and permanent relationships. Every Youth In Foster Care Deserves What I Had.
Last year I facilitated a workshop titled “Packaged For Success: 5 Steps To Help Transition-Aged Youth Excel” at the 32nd Annual Maryland Association of Resources for Families and Youth (MARFY) Conference. I also served as Moderator for the youth panel.
This year I am assisting with the planning ad organizing of the first MARFY Youth Talk Show. This diverse group of young people are unbelievably caring, intelligent, resilient, and humorous. They are simply DYNAMIC! You don’t want to miss it.
Join me at the 33rd Annual MARFY Conference
Collaboration and Integration: How to Play in the New Sandbox
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 – Friday, October 18, 2013.
Clarion Resort Hotel, Ocean City, MD
I have done lots of interviewing and hiring. I used my experience to create the ebook “Get Hired Toolbox: 30 Ways to Land the Job Of Your Dreams”. The strategies outlined in the ebook are perfect for youth, college students, new professionals, and seasoned professionals. Yep, there’s something for you whether you are about to graduate high school, transition from secondary education to the workforce, have been unemployed for a significant amount of time, you’re under-employed, or simply want to change jobs or embark on a new career.
This past week, Marina Shifrin became a video super star when her dance routine resignation went viral. Clever, creative, funny, and bold have been used to describe her approach. I’m not a fan of this new trend of quitting your job in the public eye. Although she said she had no regrets, the former video producer recognized that she had probably limited her employment opportunities.
My awesome business coach, Dr. Linette Montae, posed a question on Facebook that I want to pose to you.
Question of the Day: What’s one thing you could learn from your high school self?
The thing that I can learn from my high school self is to ASK questions. I have always been very independent but as a teen I asked more questions than I do as an adult. Not just the “how does this work” type of questions but the “can I” and “will you” type of questions.
I have been procrastinating on sending emails and letters explaining my services and “asking” potential new clients for their business. I am a serial procrastinator but not in this area. Before the advent of the internet, I mailed many letters “asking” for a job and/or internship with positive results. What happened?
Action Step: Send at least 5 marketing letters (by email or snail mail) by October 7, 2013.