It is common knowledge that in order to grow and succeed we must educate our children. This is why we send our kids to school so that they can learn the skills necessary to build a career and a stable life. But as educators, we are advocating another element to common knowledge: success is not only dependent of academic achievement, but also by continuously building character.
We all have cognitive skills that are tested and graded at school, but what about developing our youth’s character? Ideally, students would sit at their desks with strong characters and hungry minds, but less than ideal after-school dynamics don’t always allow for this.
It is vital to develop life-success skills such as:
- hard work ethics
- conflict resolution
These character traits are important for success because they help deal with the stress that a bad grade or a conflict with peers can bring about. When things take a turn for the worst, knowing how to manage the situation is half the battle.
How to handle stress, adapting to change, embracing differences and helping others is equally as, if not more, important than a grade on a science project in order to succeed.
Kids Now’s foundation lies in these principles because these skills form leaders and innovators. With our dedicated mentors, our participants learn about persistence, setting goals, optimism and giving back to others.
No matter the IQ score or economic background, our youth deserve to succeed and reach their full potential. You can help today’s youth by becoming a mentor or giving in any way you can. The impact that together we can create is limitless. Let’s give every child the key to success.