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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.