Making the Most of Summer!

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ICOVID-19 has tossed a wrench in everyone's summer plans.  It's hard, we get it.  This lesson will help you identify opportunities to make the most of both your time and your talents.  While everyone else is watching Netflix, take the time to invest in yourself.  Learn how Steppingstone Scholars can help you prepare for your career!


Orientation & Basics

Money Management

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You work hard for your money, so make your money work for YOU! This lesson will teach you everything you need to know about a wide range of investment strategies ranging from opening your first bank account to more advanced topics like stocks, bonds and credit scores.

After completing this lesson, scholars will be able to:

1) Understand the importance of credit

2) Create their own monthly budget and

3) Be able to open their first bank account.

Build YOUR Brand!

Stress can occur in any environment, including both academic and professional settings.  This lesson will help you understand how stress impacts you and ways of take care of yourself.  Many don't realize that appropriate self care is the first step to presenting professionally.

After completing this lesson, scholars will be able to:

1) Understand how stress can impact both physical and mental health

2) List 3 activities they can use to de-escalate when feeling stressed and 

3) Identify 3 activities they can incorporate into their self care routine

Build YOUR Resume!

This lesson will utilize the Social Identity Theory to explore what informs our personal identity and how our identity impacts our perceptions & experience in the world. 

After completion of this lesson, participants will be able to:

1) Define their personal identity

2) Define their professional identity

3) Understand how personal identity intersects with our environment.

Virtual Interviews

Join us for a conversation on what makes you, well...you!  Branding is a way to tell the world who you are and what you are about. Branding is everywhere from the clothes we wear to the foods we eat.  This lesson will help you build your brand as a professional!

After completing this lesson, scholars will:

1) Understand the concept of branding and how it applies to the professional world

2) Create a framework for understanding their own identity formulation

3) Create their own 15-30 second "elevator speech"!

Public Speaking

Did you know that nearly 75% of the general population reports being afraid of public speaking?!?!  We understand and have some tips that can help you conquer your fear.  This lesson will cover how to manage any anxiety you may feel and help you prepare, so that you feel as confident as possible for the big speech!

After completing this lesson, scholars will be able to:

1) Name 3 individuals that the scholars feel are highly skilled public speakers

2) Identify what makes these speakers so powerful

3) Possess strategies for preparing and managing anxiety

Advanced Study










Health & Wellness




Self-Care and Stress


In these uncertain times, many individuals are seeking work.  Nearly all employers are now conducting virtual interviews, in order to keep employees safe while filling open positions. This presentation will provide you with all you need to know to ace that next virtual interview! 

After completing this lesson, scholars will be able to:

1) Prepare themselves for a virtual interview,

2) Prepare their environment for a virtual interview 

3) Be familiar enough with common virtual tools, such as Zoom and Skype, to set up an account and make/receive a call.

Identity Formation

This lesson is designed to help you present your experiences and strengths in the most complimentary manner, so your resume is professional, informative and gets you interviews.  We will review several examples of high quality resumes and hear from work force professionals (Human Resources) about what they look for in a resume.

After completion of this lesson, scholars will be able to:

1) Organize their work/volunteer activities by date

2) Clearly communicate (in writing) the type of job they are seeking

3) Write the rough draft of a resume!

Conflict Resolution

Conflict can sneak up on us and derail our plans.  In this lesson, we will discuss how to handle conflict in a healthy manner, while still getting your point across.  We will discuss warning signs of stress/conflict, helpful ways to problem solve and how to communicate effectively.

After completion of this lesson, scholars will be able to:

1) Identify their personal triggers & stressors

2) Identify 3-5 things they can do to de-escalate and

3) Understand the importance of active listening in academic & professional settings.

Activism for Adolescents

In today's global world, activism is far more expansive than ever before.  What make's an activist?  Do you consider yourself to be one?  This lesson will explore what activism looks like in practice and the role activism plays in society.  We will cover historical and contemporary social movements, such as Black Lives Matters, in this conversation.

After completion of this lesson, scholars will be able to:

1) Understand and define activism

2) Identify at least 2 "famous" activists and their causes

3) Understand and vocalize issues/movements they personally feel passionate about

Advanced Study








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