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Steps Beyond launch course
Just returned from the Steps Beyond launch course. It's a day and a half retreat to get all the mentors and students to bond together. Steps Beyond is the continuation of the mentoring program I volunteered in last year. It's for the sophomores through seniors. Usually there aren't enough mentors to go around, so the system Community for Youth devised is to make family groups where there are 3 or 4 mentors mentoring 6 or 7 youth. Only this year more mentors signed up and fewer kids did, so it's almost one to one. My group is 5 mentors and 6 students.

In any case, the students this year seem much more committed than last year, and much more open. At least the kids with whom I'll be working.

Last year, everyone set a goal for themselves, both mentors and students. This year the plan is slightly different. Students who were strong socially set social goals. Students who were strong academically set academic goals. So this year everyone will be setting two goals, one social and one academic. The goal setting will come on Thursday.


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laurelfan From: laurelfan Date: October 2nd, 2006 09:23 pm (UTC) (Link)


Hey, I'm really happy with the kids in our group too. Any idea what your two goals will be yet?
gkr From: gkr Date: October 2nd, 2006 09:31 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Hi!

Not exactly. I'm pretty sure I'll look for something to continue with last year's goal for my social goal. As for a vocational/academic goal it's a lot more open. Perhaps I will make it getting back into school for the fall term so I can do UW's retailing program. But I'm not sure I want to do that. The whole point of taking the B&N job is simply to learn the book business, and I'm not sure how I can make a concrete goal out of that.

Any ideas about yours?
laurelfan From: laurelfan Date: October 2nd, 2006 11:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Hi!

You could make 'open a bookstore' your goal :)
gkr From: gkr Date: October 2nd, 2006 11:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Hi!

Within a year? Don't think so. Too much to learn first if I want to make it a success. If I learn enough how to do it while working at bookstores, I would target opening one by mid-2008. If I figure out that I need to learn more in retailing through school, it would be further off.
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