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3 Major Trends with Upcoming Generations

January 22nd, 2018

1. Emerging Adulthood There are five major rites of passage into adulthood in American culture. In other words, “when someone is an adult” is defined by these five events. These are debatable, however, for the majority of Americans these have remained consistent for the last 100 years or so. These five have crossed generations. They…

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Purpose is a Verb

April 28th, 2017

You know those moments that make you feel alive? Not just the “hey this is a great moment and HOW did I get this lucky to be able to be in this very exact spot doing this very exact thing right now I’m so happy I could CRY!!” moments? Welcome to your verb. We tend to…

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5 Steps to Solve Any Problem

March 13th, 2017

We all get them. Some of us keep them. None of us really like them. I am talking about problems. Problems by definition need solving. Too often we lack the skills we need to properly hand move them to tomorrow or someday, where they lurk waiting to reappear. Here are five steps you can take to…

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4 Ways to Engage Alumni Advocacy for College Access Groups

March 9th, 2017

We are so thrilled to have 17 TRiO Alumni on our staff. Your alumni are an incredible source for advocacy. How you specifically engage your alumni will differ based on your geographic location, type of program, and program culture. However, as we work with alumni across the country, we have discovered a few key elements…

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3 Things to Consider (That Isn’t Budget) When Choosing a Trainer

February 24th, 2017

Does Your Team Building Expert Have a Team? Last weekend, we hosted an internal training for our educational facilitators. As we worked together, it occurred to me: How many “team building experts” have a team of their own? Now, don’t get me wrong, I know some great facilitators who do a phenomenal job with team…

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3 Things I Learned at NCCEP

February 14th, 2017

Last week, we had the opportunity to attend the NCCEP capacity building conference in NYC. We had a great time, and are fired up about the information we came home with! Thinking back on the conference, there are 3 big takeaways that come to mind. WE MUST RECOGNIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF NON-COGNITIVE SKILLS MATTER I listened…

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3 Brand New Tag Games for Team Building with Young People

June 2nd, 2016

You’re it! No, you’re it! You’re it! When is the last time you played tag? No, seriously…when is the last time you played tag? The answer is too long. Back in the olden days, tag was as simple as chasing your friend and elusive enough you could be the tag champion! Below we have three…

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3 Tips to plan the perfect summer event.

January 29th, 2016

1. Make it FUNN! Our friend Mark Collard, of, says that a great event needs to spend time having FUNN (Functional Understand disinterested. Take time to make it FUNN! 2. Create a Full Value Contract Full Value Contracts are the social and unwritten rules that are in place to help everyone get along. It…

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Top 11 Team Building and Leadership Activity Books for Leadership Trainers

December 2nd, 2015

I feel as if every facilitator is looking for new and lead their group. If you are like me, you have a hard time finding activities that are applicable to your program’s goals. I have compiled a list of my favorite 11 books that are packed full of unique and processing/debriefing activities (in no particular…

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