Baker County teens will have an opportunity to create their own strategic plan to design the life they want when a workshop, “Who are you? What could you do with your life?” comes to Baker Friday, April 26. The workshop, sponsored by nonprofit Building Healthy Families, is open to all sophomores, juniors, and seniors in the county.
“It’s a great way for teens to learn more about themselves and to learn how to make smart decisions as they get ready to go out into the world,” said Stacy Green, an Enterprise-based sales and marketing consultant who adapted the teen workshops from the workshops she offers for small business owners looking to grow and improve their businesses. The interactive, intensive workshop runs from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, and involves fun quizzes, games, and other activities to help teens discover their personality type, their “unique selling feature,” and other strengths, opportunities, and challenges and how these can be addressed most effectively. Other topics include: the five types of intelligence; how to get smarter; who wants to be a millionaire?; common detours and mistakes and how to avoid them; how to set and achieve goals; and creating a mission statement for your life.
More than 100 Wallowa County teens have taken the workshop. Jaymz Hayes took the first workshop in 2008. “I learned things I never would have found out,” said Hayes, now a husband, father and homeowner who has been working at Integrated Biomass in Wallowa for four years. “It went by in a timely manner, and I never felt bored.”
A recent participant said it made him think a lot more. “I learned about positive ways to deal with adversity and challenges,” he said.
According to Green, one of the most challenging exercises is creating a mission statement – just like a business creates a mission statement to help guide decision-making and stay focused on what matters most. “The mission statements the teens come up with are incredible,” said Green. “I remember many of them, and they are inspiring to me as well.”
One of the early participants who had a difficult family life created a simple three-word mission statement: “Financially stable family.”
“Today, at age 26, after completing his degree in business/accounting from Eastern Oregon University, he is working as a controller in Enterprise, has a wife and two young daughters, and owns his own home” offered Green. “I think he is definitely accomplishing his mission.”
“Who are you? What could you do with your life?” is part of the Mentor Match program offered by Building Healthy Families, and includes the youth entrepreneur program and other mentoring/tutoring programs. For more information, contact Elishah Thomas at Building Healthy Families in Baker, at 541.524.2331. The workshop takes place at North Baker School, is free to all participants, and includes lunch. All participants must pre-register with Building Healthy Families.