WHO ARE WE:
C.H.A.L.L.E.N.G.E. L.Y.F.E. (CL) is a YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULT CAREER EXPLORATION ORGANIZATION!
Mentoring is a proven method of transferring knowledge and wisdom from one generation to the next. We at CL understand choosing a career is one of the most important decisions we will make in our lives. So it was a natural progression to marry the proven mentoring model with career research. Whether you're still in Junior High School or 29 years old and longing to change professions, our CL 10P Method of career exploration will make your vocation decision easier and faster. Understanding that most people spend countless hours on their jobs, it is only logical to expect that they like and hopefully love the work they do. However, a new Gallup poll revealed that 85% of people either hate their jobs or are looking for new employment. This is why CL was created; to help our Youth and Young Adults, especially those that are socially and economically challenged, explore and find a career that will fit them socially, emotionally, and economically!
WHAT WE DO:
CL Youth and Young Adult Career Builders provides the necessary career exploration opportunities for the next generation, ages 14-29, to become successful citizens. Using a dynamic, interactive Online Career Academy Platform, our mentees are able to explore multiple careers before they make a lifelong choice. This subscription based service provides 5 career exploration tools:
1) Our proven 10P Method of career exploration with over 70 professions to choose from; and growing
2) Dynamic Career VLOGS: Such as "How to Negotiate the Salary You Deserve."
3) LYFE Chats Live Webinars: Where mentees can get their career questions answered in real time.
4) CL Online Career Academy Companion Workbook
5) Access to our Exclusive Facebook Group
CDR (Ret.) Rev., Dr. Veneda Polite has been a youth and young adult mentor for over 25 years. She has developed and led numerous programs to enhance the lives of our future leaders. Growing up in the projects of New York City and living in poverty the majority of her youth, Veneda knows first hand the detrimental effects of social, emotional, and economic underdevelopment. She left NYC and joined the U.S. Army in order to escape the cycle of becoming a product of her toxic environment.
After changing careers multiple times throughout her life, without job fulfilment, Veneda finally found vocation exhilaration and C.H.A.L.L.E.N.G.E. L.Y.F.E. was born from the desire to never let our next generation fumble through their career choices. She believes Mentorship, Education, Knowledge and Wisdom are the Keys to a Successful LYFE!!
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The mission of Future Stars is to provide opportunities for inner city youth to achieve their goals in higher education, with a focus on sports and technology.
Future Stars, Inc. provides opportunity for inner city youth to achieve their goals of higher education through sports and technology. Our programming includes college readiness, mentoring and technology workshops. The Hands On STEM program was launched five years ago which allows for kinesthetic learning. Kinesthetic learning is a style in which learning takes place by the students carrying out physical activities, rather than listening to a lecture or watching demonstrations.
We launched in the fall of 2015 at the Faye Gray Recreation Center with approximately 25 students. The program runs from September through May and meets twice a month for two hours. In the third year of the program we expanded to the Muriel Smith Recreation Center. The program is held on the first Saturday of the month for four hours were the students are provided breakfast snacks, lunch and two hands on activities. The students are learning about science, technology, engineering and math through building, breaking, creating, and having fun.
The Hands On STEM program is held in two communities in South Phoenix where there is a minority population of 86%; 29% of the residents have less than a high school education and more than 26% of the families are living in poverty (AzMag.gov). Demographic data shows only 14% of the area residents have a college degree. Future Stars will benefit program participants by: introducing low-income students to STEM academic areas; introduce a hands-on approach to learning and improving academic enjoyment among participants; building team work; developing trusting relationships; increasing critical thinking, improving safety and supporting common core learning elements.
The impact the Hands On STEM program has had on the students goes beyond the data/numbers and the pre and post survey. The students have developed confidence in themselves, critical thinking skills and improved their ability to solve problems. There is a motto in the class were the students are not to use the word “can’t” when working on a project. We do not say it did not work or it is broken we say let’s “reengineer it” to figure out why it is not working. The words that we speak are all positive so they know they can do anything!
To learn more about Future Stars and its initiatives, follow them on social media.