Today I visited South El Monte HS and shared my personal narrative with 54 of their AVID freshmen. I did this in part of Guest Speakers PLUS ME, which is a program within the non-profit organization I created, the PLUS ME project.
I have shared my narrative over 200 times to over 20,000 students over the past 4 years. It all started out as a crazy plan I created when I was bored one day while in college. Today, it's the foundation of our organization.
Over the years, I've inspired and motivated thousands of students with a very similar story and I can honestly say, it never gets old.
During our Guest Speakers PLUS ME events, every student that we speak to fills out a pre-survey before the presentation. This survey asks them to rate themselves on how motivated they feel in school, how much effort they feel they are putting into their school work, and how confident they feel about reaching their goals in the future.
At the end of the presentation, they fill out the post-survey which focuses on the same three questions as well as what they took from the presentation and if they would recommend it.
I always find it extremely fascinating how great of an impact a powerful narrative can have on the youth. Just take a look for yourself! The photo on the left shows the results from the pre-survey and the right shows their post-survey results.
I am a very visual person, so when I see graphs like this - they speak to me. I know that what we are doing is fantastic and I know that what we are doing is working.
But every now and then, something else other than these graphs profoundly impacts me. Today, as I read through the comments that the students left on their surveys, I stumbled upon this:
What's one thing you learned? "If I want it, if I really want it, I can do it."
I had a stack of 54 surveys filled with fantastic positive learnings. Any of them could have stood out, but for whatever reason this is the one that did today.
I hope you realize that when you want something, you realize that you don't just want it...you really want it and you will do anything and everything to get it.
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