There is a huge gap in the education and preparation of our Young Adults to enter the REAL WORLD.

There is a huge gap in the education and preparation of our Young Adults to enter the REAL WORLD.
#MyBestGapYear help to fill that GAP by equipping our students, and their parents, to cope with life as it happens, with skills to manage their emotional states, and to create meaning for their life. We live in uncertain times, and people are fearing the unknown. Now, more than ever, we need to equip our children and ourselves to network and build support systems, to build a community of like minded people where we care and look out for each other.
My students and I are spending time at SMC to learn how the world’s economy is working. We look at creating opportunities, find job shadowing and work experience, to look at different streams of income, to connect unrelated dots (think creatively).
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The term branding has long been associated with companies, but today almost every individual has a personal brand. Not many of us have consciously cultivated these brands, but they exist nonetheless. A digital footprint in the sands of time and space crowd-sourced by friends, colleagues and bosses. According to an AVG study, 92 percent of children under the age of two already have a digital footprint.

The question is no longer IF you have a personal brand, but if you choose to guide and cultivate the brand or to let it be defined on your behalf. Here are seven ways to start building an awesome personal brand.

Start thinking of yourself as a brand

What do you wish for people to associate with you when they think of your name? Is there a certain subject matter in which you want to be perceived as an expert or are there general qualities you want linked to your brand? Once you understand how you wish your brand to be perceived, you can start to be much more strategic about your personal brand. This doesn’t mean you can’t be human.

Audit your online presence

You can’t mold perception without first understanding the current status. In other words, Google yourself and setup alerts for your name on a regular basis. Have a fairly common name? Consider using your middle initial or middle name to differentiate. Cultivating a strong personal brand is just as much about being responsive to what is being said as it is about creating intellectual property.

Source: Author Shama Hyder

Students can use the Profile Publisher to mock up or draft online social networking profiles, yearbook profiles, and newspaper or magazine profiles for themselves, other real people (including historical figures), or fictional characters.


Getting along with people is essential for happiness and success. Sharing, avoiding name calling and taking turns are critical skills drilled into us from early ages. As we grow older, relationships grow more complicated, but the essential need for skills to manage them does not change.

If you have ever had your opinion ignored, consistently given of yourself without reciprocity or blown up after tolerating problems for too long you know that an inability to manage the demands of relationships is central to the amount of stress you experience.

Common Relationship Mistakes:

Too often we enter an interpersonal situation with pent up emotion and no clear idea of what we want to achieve. When you’re in emotional crisis, it’s easy to assume that those closest to you will understand your needs and respond to you. These are your family, friends and spouses. They are the people who know the most intimate details of your life. You may feel that you shouldn’t have to ask for what you need from them, but a failure to effectively communicate can lead to problems in getting your needs met.

On the other hand, if you’ve often had conflict in a relationship, you might assume that you simply don’t mesh with this person and that you will never get your needs met without struggle and stress. If you presume that the people closest to you should simply understand your needs and respond to your communication, whatever form it takes, then, unless you are naturally skilled with people, you are likely to run into conflict, misunderstanding, strained relationships and intense emotion.

In order to have our concerns and opinions taken seriously, keep good relationships and maintain your self-respect, you must have skills to interact with the people around you.

Relationship skills can help you to:

  1. Head off problems—Resolve problems and misunderstandings before they build up and become overwhelming.
  2. Strike Balance—negotiate with others to put off low priority demands, say no when you need to and ask for what you want and need.
  3. Create Competence—Interact in a way that makes you feel effective, rather than helpless. Stand up for yourself.

– Christy Matta, MA

Resilience: bounce back from disappointments and disasters.

According to the American Psychological Association, here are some ways to increase resilience:

Make connections. Good relationships with close family members, friends or others are important. Accepting help and support from those who care about you and will listen to you strengthens resilience. Some people find that being active in civic groups, faith-based organizations, or other local groups provides social support and can help with reclaiming hope. Assisting others in their time of need also can benefit the helper.

Avoid seeing crises as insurmountable problems. You can’t change the fact that highly stressful events happen, but you can change how you interpret and respond to these events. Try looking beyond the present to how future circumstances may be a little better. Note any subtle ways in which you might already feel somewhat better as you deal with difficult situations.

Accept that change is a part of living. Certain goals may no longer be attainable as a result of adverse situations. Accepting circumstances that cannot be changed can help you focus on circumstances that you can alter.

Move toward your goals. Develop some realistic goals. Do something regularly — even if it seems like a small accomplishment — that enables you to move toward your goals. Instead of focusing on tasks that seem unachievable, ask yourself, “What’s one thing I know I can accomplish today that helps me move in the direction I want to go?”

Take decisive actions. Act on adverse situations as much as you can. Take decisive actions, rather than detaching completely from problems and stresses and wishing they would just go away.

Look for opportunities for self-discovery. People often learn something about themselves and may find that they have grown in some respect as a result of their struggle with loss. Many people who have experienced tragedies and hardship have reported better relationships, a greater sense of strength even while feeling vulnerable, increased sense of self-worth, a more developed spirituality and heightened appreciation for life.

Nurture a positive view of yourself. Developing confidence in your ability to solve problems and trusting your instincts helps build resilience.

Keep things in perspective. Even when facing very painful events, try to consider the stressful situation in a broader context and keep a long-term perspective. Avoid blowing the event out of proportion.

Maintain a hopeful outlook. An optimistic outlook enables you to expect that good things will happen in your life. Try visualizing what you want, rather than worrying about what you fear.

Take care of yourself. Pay attention to your own needs and feelings. Engage in activities that you enjoy and find relaxing. Exercise regularly. Taking care of yourself helps to keep your mind and body primed to deal with situations that require resilience.

Additional ways of strengthening resilience may be helpful. For example, some people write about their deepest thoughts and feelings related to trauma or other stressful events in their life. Meditation and spiritual practices help some people build connections and restore hope.

– LinkedIn

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VGA: Video Game Addiction

Most definitions of video game addiction refer to excessive play which results in negative emotional, social, relational, educational, or career – related consequences.

Instead of devoting energy to “real-world” activities and pursuits, a video game addict spends most of his or her time playing games. Someone who has developed a video game addiction prioritizes gaming accomplishments over all other activities such as spending time with friends and family, school achievement, work performance, and interpersonal relationships.


What are there top challenges facing young people

Lack of employment opportunities has been ranked top of a list of challenges faced by young Brits today.

The list was compiled by education and health charity, Central YMCA, which surveyed 1,600 young people aged between 16 and 25.

Here is the top 10 in full:

1. Lack of employment opportunities

2. Failure to succeed in education system

3. Issues related to body image

4. Family problems

5. Substance abuse

6. Pressures of materialism

7. Lack of affordable housing

8. Negative stereotyping

9. Pressures of 24-hour social networking

10. Crime


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NBI Preference Profile_Brainprofile_Instructions



NBI Instructions for online profile

The questionnaire will take approximately 20 – 30 minutes to complete.
The purpose of the profile is to determine your thinking preferences.
There is not a “right” or “wrong” profile and it is important that you are honest with your choices.

• Do not ponder too long on each question – your first answer is usually the right one.
• Complete the profile when you have enough time (+/- 30 minutes) available to do so.
• There are 2 parts to the profile, please complete both.

STEP 1: Logon to:
The Solutionsfinding login page is displayed.

STEP 2: Use the codes given to you by your NBI practitioner to log in:
Click on ENTER

STEP 3: Welcome page displayed.
Click on Continue

STEP 4: Registration Form displayed. Please complete your personal details.
Click on Submit

STEP 5: Explanation of questionnaire displayed. Read it.
Click on Continue

STEP 6: Complete the questionnaire for part 1
There are 30 questions that must be answered according to your preferences.
Ask yourself “what would I prefer, if all things are equal”. There are 4 options to choose from.
You select your 1st choice as your 1st option by clicking on the option, select your 2nd option, and then your 3rd option.
The system will automatically assume that the last choice will be your last option and will take you to the next question.

STEP 7: Complete the second part
There are 16 screens. You must make a choice between the a and the b statements with each of the 4 groups per screen.
When you are done, click on home.

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