Our Strategy & Program

We are designing programs to help build character in the next generation. We believe that a simple and straight forward approach is most important. Before one can lead others, one must be able to lead themselves.


Today, our youth face unprecedented challenges and stresses. Many are confronted with difficult problems that they did not create. This includes violence in schools, high school dropout rates, escalating suicide rates, drug abuse, and teenage pregnancies.

All too often youth today lack good role models and mentors that were available to earlier generations.

Youth Leadership Program
Vision for Youth Leadership

Our Youth Leadership Development envisions youth who are equipped to handle these challenges……

  • first: by being able to lead themselves, and
  • second: to help guide others, especially to be responsible friends, and future mothers and fathers and employees, and engage in their work and community in a healthy and productive manner
We see four key building blocks for success that develop the inner character that forms a young person’s “Guidance System:”

  1. Mission & Purpose in their lives to give direction and meaning to life itself
  2. Positive Response to Adversity to enable them to rebound from difficulty
  3. Life Long Learning to enable continual refinement to personal values & depth of understanding & wisdom
  4. Building a world they can Trust by internal integrity and selection of the right friends
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Many educational institutions have come to recognize the importance of preparing youth to be ready for th

e next phase of their lives, whether it be as a member of the workforce, a parent, or going on to college. All youth should be good citizens, able to help the community in which they live and work.

The ages between 14 and 20 years are the important focal point for youth to become “future ready.” That’s when they begin coming of age, and can begin to envision their real role in life and in the lives of others. Youth need to have a sense of their mission and purpose and the value they can create in the world around them. Future Ready is more than about one’s self, it’s about how to engage with others, whether it be at home, work, or serving one’s community.

Download Youth in Peril as a PDF Slide Presentation.

“It’s not enough just to live your life, … you must lead your life.”

The question is always asked: “Are leaders born or made?”

Most leaders are learn their art, and continue to master it. We focus on carefully developing collaborative leadership qualities that can be used in a vast array of circumstances. Leadership is not for a select few, its for everyone.

Collaborative Excellence evolves from careful development and nurtured the assistance of insightful thinking, strong values, and good character from a senior person – a mentor — who has been on the journey and is wiser, more experienced, and empathetic to those they are mentoring. This person is often not one’s father or mother, as so many families have become dysfunctional before a youth is coming of age. Developing an internal “guidance system” is essential. We aid in this development by providing an “architecture of collaboration” that acts as an internal compass in times of stress and adversity.

All too often youth today lack good role models and mentors that were available to earlier generations.

But mentors alone are not enough. All too often we hear of mentors that tell wonderful stories, teach lessons, or build beautiful relationships, but leave the person they are mentoring without a framework through which they can truly lead others and make sense of the world around them.

We provide a common framework and language of understanding that enables mentors and youth to connect, understand, and for youth to help others. Our Four Drives of Human Behavior, Ladder of Trust, and Four Alignments of Leadership are simple, powerful, and easy to use.

See Youth Leadership Program Design & Objectives

Our Vision for Youth
  • Standard of Excellence for High School Graduates:
    • To be the healthiest graduates in the USA in Mind, Spirit and Body
    • To be on a pathway that lets them find meaning and purpose in life, with:
      – an insatiable desire for life long learning,
      – the capability to lead their lives to attain their highest potential,
      – the power to build trusting relationships in the world around them, and
      – a resilience to overcome adversity with character and integrity.