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2017 Summer Opportunities for Teens

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Start thinking about your summer plans now. Various places in Jacksonville and surrounding areas are taking applications and they usually have to be submitted soon. There are lots of opportunities out there for teens to gain valuable experiences depending on their interests. If you don’t see something that interests you but know of an organization you would like to get involved in just call them up and ask if they have any opportunities available. Using your time wisely over the summer can greatly benefit students when applying to colleges and universities. Admissions are looking for individuals who have been active in their community.


Benefits of Community Service for Teens

Develop a sense of social responsibility

Exposure to diversity and multiculturalism.

Builds relationships and network with peers, adults, and others.

Improves communication and critical thinking skills.

Stand out among other applicants at a college or university

Discover passions and interests that lead to a career choice


Use the links below to discover local opportunities for teens 

Medical Field (volunteer)

UF Health
Nemours
Baptist Health
American Red Cross

Animals (volunteer)

Jacksonville Zoo
Jacksonville Humane Society

The Arts (camp/ course)

Florida Film Academy at Flagler College
UNF Summer Music Camp for Middle and High School Students

STEM (camp/ course/ internship)

UNF Summer Tech Camps for Kids and Teens

Jobs

Summer Jobs for Teens

 Melanie Black of Student Futures is a certified academic life coach for students and teens in Jacksonville and surrounding areas. She has a passion to help students succeed. Academic coaching helps develop life skills for students as well as gives them academic strategies, which help to decrease anxiety and stress in students. Contact Melanie Black today for a free consultation at Melanie@studentfutures.org or (904) 487-8269.

2016 Summer Opportunities for Teens

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Start thinking about your summer plans now. Various places in Jacksonville and surrounding areas are taking applications and they usually have to be submitted soon. There are lots of opportunities out there for teens to gain valuable experiences depending on their interests. If you don’t see something that interests you but know of an organization you would like to get involved in just call them up and ask if they have any opportunities available. Using your time wisely over the summer can greatly benefit students when applying to colleges and universities. Admissions are looking for individuals who have been active in their community.


Benefits of Community Service for Teens

Develop a sense of social responsibility

Exposure to diversity and multiculturalism.

Builds relationships and network with peers, adults, and others.

Improves communication and critical thinking skills.

Stand out among other applicants at a college or university

Discover passions and interests that lead to a career choice


Use the links below to discover local opportunities for teens 

Medical Field (volunteer)

UF Health
Nemours
Baptist Health
American Red Cross

Animals (volunteer)

Jacksonville Zoo
Jacksonville Humane Society

The Arts (camp/ course)

Florida Film Academy at Flagler College
UNF Summer Music Camp for Middle and High School Students

STEM (camp/ course/ internship)

UNF Summer Tech Camps for Kids and Teens
(MOSH) Museum of Science and History Teen Internship Program

Jobs

Summer Jobs for Teens

 Melanie Black of Student Futures is a certified academic life coach for students and teens. She has a passion to help students succeed. Academic coaching helps develop life skills for students as well as gives them academic strategies, which help to decrease anxiety and stress in students. Contact Melanie Black today for a free consultation at Melanie@studentfutures.org or (904) 487-8269.

Learning styles: How do you learn best?

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I am excited to announce that Student Futures has partnered with the Learning Success Institute. The Learning Success Institute who has developed products that show people how to use their Learning Styles and Personal Success Styles to discover their strengths and passions, and to reach academic, career, and life goals. Every client with Student Futures will now have access to this incredible Self Portrait Learning Style Profile Assessment! This is completely unlike any learning style inventory your student has ever taken. Rather than addressing just one aspect of learning styles this assesses five: talents, interests, modality, environment, and disposition. Below are more details about the 5 aspects of learning styles. I took the assessment myself and found that I learned so much about myself. It was enlightening. Unlike other learning style assessments it is short and should take less than thirty minutes to complete. It’s short and sweet! After taking the assessment you receive results instantly. Plus, parents and teachers receive a manual explaining how to understand and use the assessment. The academic coach will also review the results with the parent and student explaining everything in detail. As your academic coach, this will give insight into how to coach your student best so that they are successful. 

5 Aspects of Learning Styles

TALENTS: Music, Math-Logic Reasoning, Mechanical Reasoning, Word-Language Reasoning, Spatial, Body Coordination, Interactive-Self, Interactive-Others, Interactive-Animals, Interactive-Nature, Humor, Life Enhancement

INTERESTS: Interest Priority Scale, Involvement Issues, Things to Do Some Time During Your Life

MODALITY: 

Auditory – listening, verbal

Visual – picture, print

Tactile-Kinesthetic – Hands-on, Whole body, Sketching, Writing

ENVIRONMENT: Sound, Body Position, Interaction, Lighting, Temperature, Food, Color, Time

DISPOSITION POWER TRAITS: Spontaneous, Organized, Supportive, Imaginative, Curious

Contact Student Futures today and schedule a free academic coaching consultation. Student Futures serves students in Jacksonville, FL and surrounding areas.We want to help you succeed!

Keep smiling and reaching for the stars!

Networking for Students: The Keys to Success

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What is networking?

Have you ever heard: “It’s not what you know but who you know.”

Networking is simply the act of interacting with other people to exchange information and acquire contacts, especially to further one’s career or improve one’s business. – Google

“The process of developing and using your contacts to increase your business, enhance your knowledge, expand your sphere of influence or serve your community.” – Entrepreneur

You already have a network of people and you may not realize it. Your existing network consists family, friends, professors, neighbors, classmates, etc.

Do I have to?

Yes! I know that networking sounds scary, but it is necessary for your future. If you want grab a friend and attend an event together. Companies are using internal referrals to hire people. Don’t wait until graduation. Start now! Start in your comfort zone by talking with people in your existing network. Networking will help you make the connections that will get you an internship or job in the future.

Where do I go?

Start out in your comfort zone by attending an event at your school or church. Then, start researching to find other local networking events. Bring a friend! There are tons of opportunities for networking in Jacksonville.

Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce – Their events page lists several events in town where you could meet various professionals.

Building Bridges for Women in Business – They have a networking luncheon every month at Black Finn in the Town Center. Men and women are welcome. Explore the college page of their website.

Eventbrite – Has lots of different events in Jacksonville where you could do some networking.

Hands on Jax – Volunteering is a great way to build your network! Look at Hands on Jax for volunteer opportunities where you could meet lots of great people.

MeetUp – There are so many networking groups on this website from which to choose.

What do I need?

Business cards! Whether you are a senior in high school or in college you should have a business card.  Professionals always carry them and when you attend any event or meet someone randomly it is great to be able to hand them your card and vice versa. It is recommended that you carry at least five in your wallet at all times. You never know who you will meet! When you are going to a networking event, you definitely want to carry more. On you card you do not need a lot of info. Click here to find examples of what your business card should look like. First In Print is a local business, which can help you with all your printing needs and even graphic design if needed. They do great work and their business cards are affordable. Click here to visit their website.

What about social networking?

Social networking is also important. Make a LinkedIn account if you have not already. Click here to make your account. LinkedIn is a must, especially because hiring professionals are searching for your LinkedIn profile before considering you for a position. Pick a professional photo for your profile. Complete your profile and actively use the LinkedIn. Comment on articles and connect with people. It is a great resource.

Use Twitter as well and BE PROFESSIONAL about what you post.  Put your Twitter handle on your business card. Also, you will want to purchase a URL for yourself. Example: NAME.com, NAME.me. Hiring professionals are looking for your personal URL. Design your website and create a page with your bio, resume, etc. If you already have a blog or website with a URL that’s great! Make sure and include a personal URL on your business card.

What do I say to people?

Be confident! Compliments are a great conversation starter

You will need to develop an elevator pitch, which is a short speech about yourself. Write it out beforehand and practice saying it over and over. If it takes you longer than 60 seconds to say it is too long. Lear exactly how to word your elevator pitch by clicking here for detailed instructions and guidance.

When you are talking to other people don’t only talk about yourself. Ask the other person questions. For example: How did you get started with your business or career?

No worries!

Sometimes networking may not go as planned or as you hoped. The more events you go to and the more people you talk to the better you will get at networking. You never know who you will meet that might take you to that next level.

Follow Up

If someone you spoke to gave you great advice or even a number to call follow up with a phone call or e-mail saying thank you, etc.

Quick Tip

Use the Evernote app on your phone to scan people’s business cards and you can automatically upload their info to your contacts in your phone. This way you won’t have tons of business cards that you are trying to hold on to and sort through. You can create groups if needed for your contacts. For example, doctors, lawyers, real estate agents, etc.

 Are you ready?

Get out there and start networking. If you need help with all of this and just can’t figure out how to get started contact Student Futures today for a FREE academic coaching consultation. An academic coach can help you with career planning, goal setting, and/ or managing your time. We want to help you on your road to success.

 

KEEP SMILING AND REACHING FOR THE STARS!

Business Ideas for Teen Entrepreneurs

In our last post we noted some potential jobs for teens. Rather than working for someone else have you ever thought about starting your own business? Not only is it a way to learn new things and earn money, but it is also a great thing to put on your college applications. There are many resources available to help teen entrepreneurs start their own business. Click here to visit Biz Kids which has a ton of downloadable resources that are helpful. Plus, there is a cool game to play! Locally, Junior Achievement of North Florida has a high school program, JA Be Entrepreneurial, which is AWESOME! Learn more about Junior Achievement of North Florida by clicking here. Ask your teachers or principal if the program is at your school. If not ask them to contact JA’s local office. For more information click here. As a volunteer with JA I can tell this organization is an asset to Jacksonville. They are doing amazing things for the youth in our community.

These days there are many teens who are using their amazing skills to open their own business. Read more by clicking here.

Teen Business Ideas

1. Make an account on Care.com and build a profile. You can be a pet sitter, tutor, care giver, or run errands for those who need things. You set your rate and availability.

2. Wyzant.com is looking for tutors. Build a profile get started today. You set your rate and availability.

3. Computer repair service

4. Etsy is a great website to promote and run your own online store. If you are crafty then this is a great option for you to earn some money.

5. Car washing

6. Lawn care service

7. Bake it up! If you enjoy baking cookies or cupcakes then you could make some extra cash by selling your goodies.

8. Jewelry making

9. Cleaning service

10. Photography

11. Udemy is a website where you can create instructional videos about anything and set your price for each video.

12. Start an informational blog or website if you are tech savvy and earn money

Need help getting started? Student Futures offers academic coaching services to teen entrepreneurs in Jacksonville, FL and surrounding areas who want to start their own business and maintain balance with their academics. We can help you create your business plan and network within the local community. Want to bring your friends? No problem. Contact Student Futures today to attend a workshop with your friends. Click here for our contact information.

Keep smiling and reaching for the stars!

Summer Jobs for Teens

Show me the money! Teenagers have a big list of things they want. How do we get what we want? We have to work for it. If you want to make some money this summer it’s time to get a job. My first job was delivering a local newspaper. After that I got into telemarketing. Additionally, I did some babysitting to earn extra money. My dad used to offer me $20 to more the lawn too. Then, an additional $10 for edging. After you get a job the biggest challenge is learning how to manage your money, but that discussion is for another time. What kind of jobs are open to teens? Most companies require you to be at least 16 years of age, but there are options for those under 16 too. Click here for a list of Florida companies who hire teens.

Need help making a plan? Need help finding a job, or putting together your resume and cover letter? Need help networking and getting in contact with businesses? Contact Student Futures today to find out how academic coaching can help you achieve your goals and dreams. We want to help you succeed!

Job For Teens:

1. Babysitting

2. Lawn care

3. Fast food restaurants

4. Clothing store

5. Department stores

6. Grocery stores

7. Sporting goods retailer stores

8. Automotive service shops

9. Lifeguard

10. Movie theater

11. Summer camps

12. Amusement parks

13. Pet sitting/ dog walker

14. Golf course worker

15. Car wash

Keep smiling and reaching for the stars!