After The Bell RINGS

After The Bell RINGS

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By Micah BARNES
Welcome to the "After the Bell RINGS" podcast. Here I chronicle my journey of building an after school program from 3 to 300. Plus interviews and stories of inspiration from youth programs around the world.
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Hurry up and FAIL!
Have you ever had someone who kicked you when you were down? I tell the story of a Reverend and a counselor who did this to his own granddaughter.
11:06
April 17, 2019
The Best $40 I've spent
I went to a career fair at a local high school and, instead of telling one student about my job, he made $40 off me. But it may have been the best $40 I've spent in 2019.
31:02
April 10, 2019
Who is Micah Barnes?
My story started as an attempt to prevent crime in my neighborhood, but I found out there's a bigger problem.
27:15
April 3, 2019
Walking up on strangers
Throwback episode from 2017 after I'd quit my job to work on my book. I randomly walked up to a lady at a Florida park. This was the conversation we had.
15:29
March 27, 2019
Knowledge Over Grades
Math Doctor Latreil Jackson has found a cure that nearly every teacher and student suffers from - how to make math simple and fun. Plus, Latreil walks me through an impromptu tutoring session.
1:04:51
March 20, 2019
Girls Who Fight 🥊
Hear the story behind former MMA Fighter Gemma Sheehan's transition from fighting to teaching young girls how to fight. She uses fighting to teach girls assertiveness, self-confidence, and MORE!
31:09
March 13, 2019
Spilling my program secrets
Have you ever ordered pizza and the delivery guy charged more money than you had? This funny story turned into a program idea.
25:49
March 6, 2019
Good role models
A lot of kids either don't have role models or don't know what a role model is.
08:27
February 27, 2019
Listen if your program needs resources
One weekness of my program was transportation. I found the solution in the people around me.
06:01
February 20, 2019
Run families like businesses
If you're a parent you need to hear this. I talked to the M.A.D.I.S.E.L group's Sandra Johnson. She specializes in family emotional wellness. Listen to the interesting points she makes on family power struggles and running our families like we run our businesses.
1:20:27
February 13, 2019
More than just a game 🏀
Hear one man's story of teaching character to kids from India and how he's using basketball as the vehicle.
54:23
February 6, 2019
Is this how love works?
Ashley Bendiksen is a domestic violence survivor and advocate for the prevention of dating violence, sexual assault, and bullying. She has a special message for young girls and boys. Take notes.
36:48
January 30, 2019
Gifted & Purposed
Hear how this Far Rockaway, Queens, NY actor uses improv activities to teach powerful life lessons to high school students. Dayo Olatokun is the founder of the Gifted & Purposed Alliance, Inc.
53:51
January 23, 2019
Code Ninjas
I spoke with Center Directors Ryan Schaffer and Annie Duong from Wellesley, Massachusetts about how they get kids excited about walking into their dojos. Plus, hear how coding helps kids build better relationships with their parents.
31:45
January 16, 2019
New year, new format
I'm adding more guests, more value, more stories, and more inspiration to this NEW season of my podcast. Just MORE MORE MORE!!! Heres a taste of the new menu.
06:03
January 10, 2019
The playbook for 2019
From TV appearances to museum exhibits, here's what we have in store for 2019.
16:22
December 27, 2018
The reset button
"If there are no enemies within, the enemies outside can do you no harm."
13:39
December 20, 2018
The right environment
Look around your home, your office, or the place you raise your kids (or host your after school program). Does your environment support your success? Do the people around you support your success? If not, do this.
27:38
December 12, 2018
Life and Death: A Teen Podcast
Teen brothers in my after school program did a fun, impromptu podcast with an educational twist.
15:51
December 6, 2018
Everybody loves Kung Fu fighting
I can't get these kids to work out but King Fu can.
08:12
November 28, 2018
Protecting your kids from abuse
Cases of abuse can be all around you whether you see them or not. These red flags I encountered stunned me and could have ended up badly.
30:53
November 15, 2018
Shut down
They shut down our smoothie bar, but they didn't shut us up.
23:22
November 7, 2018
No more strawberries
When plan A doesn't work, you have to go to plan B. And sometimes you must employ plans C and D.
06:51
October 31, 2018
Eventually the tree will fall
My #1 goal in my professional life is to ignite a fire and empower a group of teens. My #2 goal is to help you build up your teens. I do this the same way you chop down a tree... Bit by bit. Eventually that tree will fall.
08:20
October 24, 2018
5 FREE Marketing Moves
We use several FREE Marketing Moves and Tactics for our smoothie bar. Here are 5 that have worked for us. Hint: One is illustrated in the episode picture.
08:35
October 17, 2018
You give up too easily
One of my teens has a tendency to give up easily on tasks. I saw an Instagram post that inspired me to help him not give up on his dreams... using a cool Halloween theme.
17:29
October 10, 2018
NEW programs that work
This new format is designed to keep kids engaged no matter what their schedule or their interest.
08:48
October 4, 2018
Who cares if they don't buy a smoothie.
Become part of the community. Your relationship with the community goes way farther than just a $5 smoothie.
05:53
September 12, 2018
Consistency is key!
One little girl brought a smile to my face when she zoomed by our stand as we were closing. She yelled to her mom, "I want a Mango Tango!" Because we've been consistent in our schedule and our products, we're building relationships with members and guests.
07:16
August 28, 2018
Part 2: Inside the mind of a teenager
I've just made my program 10x better simply by asking my Teen Leader what he wants to do. His answer was simple but impactful.
04:55
July 12, 2018
Let's play catch
Every paremt or mentor has a fav mentoring story. Here's mine. A huge boost in self-esteem came from a simple game of catch.
15:01
July 11, 2018
What is having a good father like?
Somebody posted this question on Quora. I chose to use a current experience to answer the question. I recently started coaching for the first time, but it felt like I'd done it 100s of times before.
09:34
July 9, 2018
Personality tests are lies
There's no way in the world this kid is a leader. I know him. I know he's not a leader. He's shown me no leadership skills. But who am I to deny him the opportunity to be a leader?
07:45
June 28, 2018
Teen Moguls
We interviewed teen candidates for our smoothie bar, and ALL the candidates (3 - 13, 14, and 17 years old) were professionally dressed WITH resumes. Words can't express the hope I feel in these kids. The future looks bright around here. Who has a good deal on sunglasses?
11:00
June 14, 2018
Each day is 0-0.
In a recent interview, former Bulls guard BJ Armstrong said teammate Michael Jordan always approached the game as if it was tied 0-0. Each possession was 0-0. For those of us who don't have 6 NBA Championships, rather than get comfortable with our accomplishments, we should approach the day like its tied 0-0. We still have work to do.
06:16
June 12, 2018
They laughed at me HARD
After I ordered something using GrubHub, I went online to give a review. They laughed at me SO HARD for reading and writing reviews. Why do they only give "star" ratings and not value others experiences?
06:36
June 6, 2018
Watching leaders emerge
One of my teens is managing our smoothie store. He talked to the membership director inside the building and was incredibly nervous. What he did after the conversation was simply amazing. I felt like after proud big brother.
17:31
May 31, 2018
What teens really think about you
After a brief exchange with an adult, one of my teens told me he's tired of people "who don't work with teens" taking them for granted and not taking them seriously.
08:39
May 30, 2018
Let's learn to sew
Few teenagers want to learn how to sew - and mine definitely didn't. But when they actually sat down to learn, ALL of them LOVED IT!
12:28
May 23, 2018
Don't be dead set on the path; focus on the goal
Allow your students to have creativity to call an audible. If you plan something, allow them to put their own spin on it. As long as you reach a mutual goal, let it ride. They'll appreciate you for accepting their creativity.
14:26
May 9, 2018
How do I start an after school program?
A friend asked me how she could build a program. Consider approaching a business, maybe a non-profit, and telling them your plan of execution. Create a win-win strategy. Here's how I built mine.
27:47
May 1, 2018
Youth and social media
This changing landscape has presented some interesting effects on our kids' self-esteem.
27:53
May 1, 2018
Need a Summer Job?
If you're looking for a summer job, the YMCA in Duval County, Florida is looking for candidates for their summer camps.
01:36
April 30, 2018
Go home!
I chatted on Instagram with one of my mentors from my teenage years. I forgot who I was because I left the city where I was raised. She reminded me and inspired me to go back.
02:50
April 26, 2018
Screen your kids
If a student has emotional issues or quirks, you don't want him/her to be detrimental to others. Safety - physical, emotional, and mental - should always be present.
03:43
April 24, 2018
My dream when I was 14
This journey started when I was 14. Now, 18 years later, I'm seeing my dream become a reality. There was a girl who walked into the room today. She challenged me to have a separate group of middle school students and HS students.
17:00
April 24, 2018
What is "After the Bell RINGS"?
Documenting my journey as I try to go from 3 to 300 students in my after school program and build a Teen Center.
00:57
April 24, 2018
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