As a professional mentor to teens and young adults for nearly a decade, I have had one driving passion: To help teens thrive as they transition to becoming adults. I started like most in my career do, earning my bachelor’s and master’s degrees and attaining licenses and certifications. Though I am grateful for what I learned through academia, years spent working in the field with teens made it clear that something was missing.
I wanted to discover what really made the difference between teens who struggled and those who flourished. Armed with my education and experience, I set out to better understand the specific qualities that enabled teen success... I was not about to do it alone. I picked the brains of the most outstanding teen mentors throughout the US and international community, striving to understand which qualities were most vital to a teen’s success. The results of that search were surprising as well as exciting. Even though so much is involved during those teen years, the difference in a teen’s future comes down to just seven character traits. And the most exciting news of all? These traits can be learned, developed, and mastered. And, THAT is what I love to help teens and young adults do.
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