Youth Leadership Programs in Chicago

 

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We build strong leaders for tomorrow with innovative and creative learning to boost empowerment and self-confidence. These deeply collaborative academically rigorous and hands-on training modules put your child in a league of their own. In this highly competitive world, we prepare students for successful failure, embracing change, and empathy towards others. Emotional intelligence and healthy people skills prepare youth to interface real time and to be able to communicate and converse with excelled skills in a time that these skills are becoming obsolete. Our hyper-focused technology-based society has dulled the skills needed to be successful academically, socially, professionally and relationally.

Forbes study on what it takes to be successful https://www.forbes.com/sites/ashleystahl/2017/06/26/5-key-traits-of-the-successful-people/#1fffa6a23fd4

As noted by Forbes it is not just intelligence and talent that play a factor in achieving success but grit, hard work and determination!

We program kids to go all in and take risks with ideas and to accept defeat, admit mistakes, delegate well, and to listen to what others have to say. juniorCEO’s™ is the best gift you could give your child, it is the gift that keeps on giving and provides invaluable insight on life’s challenges and how to hurdle over obstacles not taught in conventional classrooms. This intense program will put your child on the fast track to success in all areas of their life.

High impact program held monthly during the school year for ages 4-12. (Inquire about our corporate sponsorship opportunities.)

Leadership skills begin early and are learned easiest early on. A Forbes article wrote, “what a 4-year old can teach you about leadership that a PH.D. can’t.”

Forbes also advises on ways to teach your kid’s to be leaders which are covered in this exciting program:

  • Emotional Intelligence Exercises
    Understanding empathy and sympathy
  • Embrace Failure
    Dealing with failure in a healthy constructive manner through good sportsmanship
  • Financial Awareness
    Games that incorporate money management
  • Patience
    Practicing skills that require waiting to make good listeners and observers
  • Creativity
    Fostered through puppets, skits, and games
  • Negotiation
    Techniques with role-playing different viewpoints
  • Pro-active behavior
    Avoiding procrastination and getting things done before playing

 

Leadership Training for Students

Leadership Training for Students

“Years ago, I was involved with a firm that experimented with teaching leadership principles to elementary school children. We were introducing the same skills to 3rd and 4th graders that we teach managers in large corporations. These nine- and ten-year-olds had no trouble understanding such concepts as the importance of preserving self-confidence in your colleagues or the dangers of focusing on personalities. In fact, they lost no time in applying the principles to their parents (who are, after all, their immediate supervisors). I can’t help smiling when I think of a 3rd grader informing her parents that they were not focusing on the problem, but only on the person. From this, we concluded that it’s never too early to teach leadership skills.

I’m not suggesting that fostering leadership skills in the schools is a corporation’s responsibility (that’s really a subject for another day). But I am arguing that leadership development can be taught at any age — and that companies wait far, far too long to begin. And when I say late, I mean very late.

Practicing without training ingrains bad habits. My children and grandchildren learned to ski at early ages. I began when I was 41. They learned the fundamentals early and well. I did not. They didn’t pick up any bad habits. I did. Instructors pushed them to move to more difficult slopes while maintaining good form. I took my bad form from slope to slope. As you would suppose, they are much better skiers than I am. While they were taught correctly, I learned my skills willy-nilly — just like all those supervisors left to their own devices until they reached their 40s. Worse, I practiced my questionable skills over and over, ingraining them deeply.

Practice makes perfect only if done correctly. Practicing for hours doesn’t automatically create excellent skills. Say, for instance, that, as an aspiring golfer, you go to the driving range and practice by hitting buckets of balls off into the blue. You may leave feeling you’ve done something to help you improve, but more than likely you will only have practiced whatever swing you came with — good, bad, or indifferent. But say that when you go to the range you take a more deliberate approach. You draw a circle 20 feet in diameter, move back a bit, and proceed to hit balls until 80% land in the circle. Then you move farther back, take a different club, and do the same thing. That is deliberate, focused, and productive practice. Perfect practice makes a perfect performance.”

https://hbr.org/2012/12/why-do-we-wait-so-long-to-trai

Week-long programs held during the summer months to promote self-confidence through high impact training modules designed to engage students ages 8-12.

  • Negotiation techniques
  • Strategic and critical thinking
  • Collaborative projects
  • Team building
  • Cultural Awareness

 

Youth Leadership Training

We believe in inspiring children to do extraordinary things. We know that tomorrow’s jobs and economy are going to be created by leaders and entrepreneurs we foster today. Not every child will be an entrepreneur when he or she grows up, but we can inspire every child to have an entrepreneurial spirit: to lead confidently, think critically and creatively, be financially responsible, and understand the value of teamwork.

We believe in the potential of kids and the need to inspire entrepreneurship at an early age. Basic business skills are critical for a successful entrepreneur. This program encourages creativity and skills needed to start businesses whether it is a lemonade stand or product development or a service of some type. A child is never too young to start learning fiscal responsibility, balance sheets, gross and net profits and basic mathematics to calculate viability. Students learn how to put together a business plan, implement, and run their own concepts.

Entrepreneur Skills for Children and Youths

Entrepreneur Skills for Children and Youths

Our classes on entrepreneurial skills for children and youths is a powerful program designed to instill the following traits through rigorous and intensive weekender programs for children ages 6-10.

  • Resilience
  • Innovation and creativity
  • Industriousness
  • Curiosity
  • Empathy
  • Optimism
  • Giving back

We coach all ages one-on-one starting at age 3. If you have a younger or older child and their age is not listed we provide custom tailored coaching in two-hour sessions in-residence or at the Loews Hotel Conference Rooms, Chicago.

We believe in inspiring children to do extraordinary things. We know that tomorrow’s jobs and economy are going to be created by leaders and entrepreneurs we foster today. Not every child will be an entrepreneur when he or she grows up, but we can inspire every child to have an entrepreneurial spirit: to lead confidently, think critically and creatively, be financially responsible, and understand the value of teamwork.

We believe in the potential of kids and the need to inspire entrepreneurship at an early age. Basic business skills are critical for a successful entrepreneur. This program encourages creativity and skills needed to start businesses whether it is a lemonade stand or product development or a service of some type. A child is never too young to start learning fiscal responsibility, balance sheets, gross and net profits and basic mathematics to calculate viability. Students learn how to put together a business plan, implement, and run their own concepts.

 

Leadership Classes for Kids in Chicago

Leadership skills allow children to have control of their lives and a sense of empowerment to make things happen on their own. Our leadership classes for kids in Chicago teach the skills that your children will need to lead successful and productive lives. Leadership instills confidence and social-emotional fortitude. Leadership skills assist’s children to solve problems creatively and to think outside of the box, work collaboratively in a team and with others. Leadership classes teach youth how to have empathy and understanding towards others as well as how to utilize negotiation strategies and what it means to compromise with others. Children that excel with strong leadership skills have better relationships socially, emotionally, and professionally later in life and Harvard studies show that these children are more self-confident, have better self-esteem and are more successful in all areas of their lives.

 

Empowering Kids

We offer one-on-one coaching with families seeking to further empower their children. Evaluations and testing assist us in refining ways to modify undesirable behavior exhibited or lack of confidence. Group classes are offered as well where we utilize modules that reinforce self-image through hands-on exercises and activities. Additionally, this program hones in on each child’s area of need and reinforces this aspect through affirmations, arts and crafts, goal sheets, role-playing exercises, stories, and board games.

Today parents want more for their kids than to just get “good jobs” but now they want them to have rewarding lives! It is a shift of epic proportions.

This a shift begins with empowering kids. Literally helping them gain a sense of inner strength to successfully surmount whatever life presents! It is guiding them to persevere when obstacles arise as they always do, such as participating even when they do not feel like it, or sharing when they don’t want to, or not winning a game or scoring a point, or getting a goody bag at a party that isn’t what they want, or when they are served a piece of cake that doesn’t have as much frosting on it as their friend, mistakes, disappointments, and bumps or scrapes. Such inner gusto and grit will also goad them onto to pursue their potential and to be well liked by others.

Empowering Kids

Empowering literally means to “put in” or “to cause” power as derived from its Latin roots. The act of empowering children is a process of guiding them to feel and believe that they are powerful now as well as creating optimum conditions that mirror back to them these concepts.

Parents who parent with positive words and encouragement yield children who are more inclined to flourish and persevere. Another important parenting reminder is to not compare your child to anyone else and especially not to his or her siblings. Words become things and the subconscious part of the brain holds on to these words and plays them out. Renowned author, John Kehoe, “Mind Power Into the 21st Century” has done extensive research in mind power and how powerful words of encouragement can be to shape one’s successful future.

Empowering others and teaching your child to empower themselves by speaking positively about themselves and others doesn’t necessarily come naturally to everyone! This is a learnable skill and is best practiced through repetition two to three times per day. For example, if your child is shy you could have them repeat five “I am affirmations” when they wake up and before they go to sleep. “I am brave, I am strong, I am confident, I am smart, I am kind.”

Most parents fall into the trap of thinking that their child is too young to understand them or that they are not listening to them speak about them when they are on the phone or in the other room. Parents may say something like, “Gwen is misbehaving today, I wish she would act more like her sweet brother, Josh.” Or, “Gwen is doing so well in science, too bad Josh didn’t get that smart gene.”

Empowerment Essentials

Learning to empower children is easy! It really takes the same effort that you apply to any goal with enthusiasm, dedication and a willingness to “set aside” your preconceived ideas, projections, and past experiences. A child so wholeheartedly wants to believe his or her dreams can come true. So it is up to us, the adults, to support this notion (whether it makes sense to us or not!). For example, if Katie, age 3, wants to be a spaceship repair person, say, “Awesome, you can do anything you set your mind to.’

So as you gather your emotional and mental forces to focus on empowering your child or children, there are 3 techniques that can help you consciously empower them. They are:

  • Mirroring – It is the process of serving as the reflection of a child’s abilities, skills, and qualities so they begin to “see” themselves as they really are: highly valuable, talented and capable right now.

Enabling – Enable your child do things on their own. It is easy to help a child to make it easier for yourself and especially if you are in a hurry. Try to allow them to do things by themselves and accept that it will not be perfect. Tell them, “good job, you can do it!” Many times parents have older siblings help the younger ones and this is not healthy. It is fine if they show them how to do something but children become empowered by doing tasks on their own. The accomplishment builds grit and confidence.

  • Encouragement – It is the act of literally “putting in courage” or belief in your child. Such support enables them to “see” themselves as they are: highly competent now, smart, and effective!

Entrepreneurial Classes for Chicago Kids

Entrepreneurial classes for children give them an edge up in this hyper-competitive world in which we live. Our entrepreneurial classes for kids in Chicago teach life-long lasting skills that awaken the entrepreneurial spirit and make our children want to succeed. Children that learn early on how to utilize creative thinking to fill a need or void in the world to produce income appreciate and value money while also feeling empowered to survive. Entrepreneurship provides a strong life skill and self -confidence to be able to always figure out a way to help people while also making a living. It gives children a better work ethic and the motivation to succeed and to be productive. It teaches children to be resourceful and to think up of a product or service that consumers need and that would make life easier. Entrepreneurial skills also teach kids the importance of setting goals and timelines and to be independent and self – sufficient. Children that learn early on how to make and manage money appreciate its value and learn to be financially aware and fiscally prudent. Entrepreneurial skills provide a solid foundation for success.

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