Youth Leadership Programs in Chicago

 

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We groom the leaders of tomorrow with innovative learning techniques that empower children with self-confidence. Our collaborative and academically rigorous modules will put your children in a league of their own. In a highly competitive world, we recognize the necessity to prepare students along several fronts, including successful failures, embracing change, and deepening empathy. Emotional intelligence and healthy social skills prepare youth for the larger world and give them an advantage over peers whose social skills have been dulled by social media.

As Forbes notes, it is not only intelligence and talent that factor into achieving success, but grit, hard work, and determination as well! https://www.forbes.com/sites/ashleystahl/2017/06/26/5-key-traits-of-the-successful-people/#1fffa6a23fd4

We program kids to go all-in and take risks; to manage their tasks, delegate appropriately, and listen to others; as well as when to accept defeat, admit mistakes, and move on. juniorCEO’s™ is the best gift you could give your child, because it is the gift that keeps on giving, providing invaluable insight not taught in school on life’s many challenges. This rigorous program will put your child on the fast track to success in all areas of life.

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

Leadership skills begin early, when children are most receptive. Per Forbes, “what a 4-year old can teach you about leadership that a PH.D. can’t.”

Ways to teach children leadership which are discussed in Forbes and covered in this exciting program:

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

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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. The jobs and economy of tomorrow are going to be created by the leaders and entrepreneurs of today. Not every student of ours will become an entrepreneur, of course, but the aim of our program is to give each an entrepreneurial spirit: to lead confidently, to 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. This program encourages the creativity and skills needed to start a business, whether it is a lemonade stand or the next e-commerce giant. A child is never too young to start learning the ABCs of business, like fiscal responsibility, balance sheets, gross and net profits, and the mathematics of calculating viability. Our students learn how to put together a business plan and implement their own concepts.

ENTREPRENEUR SKILLS FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTHS

Entrepreneur Skills for Children and Youths

Our classes on entrepreneurial skills for children and youth are part of a powerful program designed to instill the following traits through rigorous and intensive weekend programs for children ages 6-10.

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

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

We believe in inspiring children to do extraordinary things. The jobs and economy of tomorrow are going to be created by the leaders and entrepreneurs of today. Not every student of ours will become an entrepreneur, of course, but the aim of our program is to give each an entrepreneurial spirit: to lead confidently, to 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. This program encourages the creativity and skills needed to start a business, whether it is a lemonade stand or the next e-commerce giant. A child is never too young to start learning the ABCs of business, like fiscal responsibility, balance sheets, gross and net profits, and the mathematics of calculating viability. Our students learn how to put together a business plan and implement their own concepts.

 

Leadership Classes for Kids in Chicago

Leadership skills give children the sense of empowerment necessary to act on their own and take control of their own lives. Our leadership classes for kids in Chicago teach the body of knowledge, understanding, skills, and expertise needed to lead productive and successful lives; they teach confidence and emotional fortitude; how to solve problems creatively and how to work well with others; they teach empathy and interpersonal understandings; how to negotiate and what it means to compromise. Children with leadership skills have better relationships in life, both socially and professionally. And Harvard studies have shown that these children are, in general, more self-confident and successful.

 

Empowering Kids

We offer one-on-one coaching to families who want to further empower their children. Our extensive testing and evaluations help us refine methods for modifying undesirable behavior and reversing low self-esteem. We also offer group classes using modules that reinforce self-image through hands-on exercises and activities. Additionally, this program homes in on each child’s area of need and strengthens it through affirmations, arts and crafts, goal sheets, role-playing exercises, stories, and board games.

Today’s parents no longer want their children to simply get “good jobs”–they also want them to lead rewarding lives! This is a profound shift in priorities, and addressing it begins with empowering kids. By teaching them inner strength, we enable them to surmount whatever obstacles life may throw at them! Empowered children are able to gut it out, to persevere when faced difficulties, to participate when they don’t want to, to share when they want to be selfish, to endure setbacks, to put up with the worst goodie bag at a party and the smallest piece of cake. Mistakes, disappointments, bumps and scrapes–their inner strength gives them perspective, allowing them to see these for what they are: nothing more than spilled milk. Empowered kids become lively individuals who are well-liked and successful. They are determined to self-actualize and not sweat the small stuff.

Empowering Kids

Etymologically, to empower means to literally “put in” or “cause” power. Empowering children is a subtle process involving careful guidance and the creation of optimal conditions for drawing out each child’s inner strength.

Parents who are warm, positive, and encouraging raise children who are more likely to flourish and persevere. However, parents who wear their children down and make them feel small, with endless comparisons to their more precocious peers or siblings, raise children who are maladjusted and find success difficult. Negative words sink into the subconscious, where they fester and undermine self-esteem. Renowned author John Kehoe (“Mind Power Into the 21st Century”) has done extensive research on mind power and how words of encouragement can be powerful tools that set the stage for future success.

Empowerment, of course, rarely comes naturally. But it is a teachable skill, one best practiced through repetition, 2-3 times per day. For example, especially shy children can repeat 5 “I am” affirmations (“I am brave, I am strong, I am confident, I am smart, I am kind.) after they wake up and before they go to bed.

Do not fall into the trap of thinking your children are too young to understand negativity or too absorbed in their activities to register criticism. Statements 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;” can leave lasting marks on a child’s psyche.

Empowerment Essentials

Learning to empower children is easy! It just takes enthusiasm, dedication, and an open mind. Children want to believe their dreams can come true, so it is up to us, the adults, to support them–even if it seems difficult, and hard to wrap your head around! For example, if Katie, age 3, wants to become a spaceship repair person, assure her that it an awesome goal, and that she can do anything she sets her mind to.

So, while you gather your energies to focus on empowering your children, here are 3 sample techniques that you can use right now:

  • Mirroring – The process of “reflecting” a child’s abilities, skills, and qualities to show them what they really are: valuable, talented, and capable.
  • Enabling – Enable children to be self-sufficient and capable of doing things on their own. This can also make life a lot easier for parents. Give your children greater scope in the household. Allow them to perform an increasing number of tasks by themselves, while accepting an uneven success rate and encouraging them nonetheless. Do not leave it up to older siblings: let them do it themselves. These accomplishments build grit and confidence.
  • Encouragement – The act of literally “putting in courage” or developing believe in self. Such support enables children to “see” themselves as they are: competent, smart, and effective!

Entrepreneurial Classes for Chicago Kids

Entrepreneurial classes for children give them an advantage over peers in a hyper competitive world. Our entrepreneurial classes for kids in Chicago teach lifelong skills, awakening their entrepreneurial spirit and inspiring success. Children that learn early on how to fill a need or void in the world creatively, while earning an income, better understand the value of money and what it takes to survive. Entrepreneurship provides invaluable life skills and the self-confidence to help people while making a living. It gives children a strong work ethic and the motivation to succeed. It teaches children to be resourceful, to devise products and services that will make the lives of consumers easier. Entrepreneurial skills also teach kids the importance of goal-setting and adopting timelines; of independence and self–sufficiency. Children that learn early on how to earn and manage money appreciate its value and develop prudence and financial awareness. Entrepreneurial skills are a strong foundation for success.

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