Earlier this month, the PLUS ME project received its first Neighborhood Purpose Grant (NPG) from the Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council. This grant will sponsor our Guest Speakers PLUS ME program at
Highland Park Continuation High School in 2015.
The City of Los Angeles' Department of Neighborhood Empowerment created the NPG program to provide monetary grants to local non-profit organizations serving to better local neighborhoods.
We would like to thank the Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council for accepting and granting our application request.
For more information on the Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council, visit their website.
Each school we attend, students fill out pre & post surveys.
Here are our results:
Proof Learners Ultimately Succeed with Motivation and Education
I hope these numbers speak to you.
I hope you understand that each number is a student.
We've spoken to over 2,000 students in the past 2 months.
We've increased motivation. We've increased effort. We've increased confidence.
I hope you will now consider this: Donate.
Over the past few weeks, I have been paying close attention to the comments students write on our surveys. At the end of our presentations, students have the opportunity to provide us with details on what they learned and enjoyed most.
We've received over 2,000 surveys over the past two months and it's always insightful to read through the impact we have. Every now and then I stumble upon a response that sticks out from the rest. Recently, I read through a stack of surveys and I found this:
What did you like about the presentation?: "It directly touched my heart and made me realize that I have to step up my game."
What's one thing you learned?: "Hard work always pays off and that believing in yourself is important."
My goal in every presentation is to provide a realistic success story for students to hear, reflect on, and become motivated from. I want students to realize that they have the power to create their future. No matter what situation they are in, it is never too late for them to put in hard work and go after their dreams.
I strive to relate to students throughout my presentation. I do my best to encourage students to go for it.
I realized through many of the completed surveys, there are often consistent comments that show up:
Although I have yet to figure out exactly how to effectively get students to step up their game, maybe there is something here.
As parents, educators, friends, and mentors, we can make the difference. Let's give it a try!
I hope that if you get the opportunity to interact with a teenager, you allow yourself to be real, make them laugh, exude some energy, and model what confidence looks like. This might be exactly what they need and may be the way we get students to step up their game.