Guiding youth on the path to success.

The mission of You Are Here... Now What? is three-fold, and it differs from formal education by focusing on workplace communication, relationships and planning:

 
  • To enable students to become more effective and more confident communicators by helping them to distinguish the variety of communication channels, to recognize the overt and covert messages in entertainment and advertising, to identify the filters that influence how we construct what we say and how we interpret what we hear, and to recognize the roles that all the senses play in receiving messages
  • To guide students in appreciating the value of relationships between self and other individuals and within both social and workplace groups and to give them the skills for selecting relationships that will provide them with growth, enrichment, and encouragement;
  • To develop in students an understanding of the importance of planning, to help them develop planning skills to select among higher education options and career options, and to appreciate the worth of both self-fulfillment and “giving back.”
 
 

The Three Tiers to Our Program:

 

Engagement

Communication, observation, self awareness

An effective conversation relies on the ability of one or more parties being knowledgeable about the topic discussed, and on both parties being sensitive to the various forms of communication and how and when to apply them.  For example, a conversation with a friend and a conversation with a prospective employer can both incorporate humor, but the nature of the humor may differ tremendously.

You Are Here... Now What? engages students in team exercises that deepens awareness of communication styles. The sharing of the students' observation promotes discovery of personal communication skills already in play. Scenarios, activities, team projects, and exploratory discussions lead to self awareness and more thoughtful attitudes toward others.


Persistence and Completion

The Keys to achievement

To accomplish both academic and career success, You Are Here... Now What? promotes thoughtful and effective communication skills, leading to self confidence, and supportive interpersonal relationships. The program also encourages judicious selection of post-secondary education opportunities and career aspirations through self-understanding and effective planning skills.

Notably, Outfluence teaches the steps leading to, and the benefits associated with, persistence and completion, or finishing what you start. This becomes critical in the work place, both logistically and in the creative process, and also becomes an essential part of the path to success. 


Confidence

The power of self assurance

The mission of You Are Here... Now What? is three-fold, and it differs from formal education by focusing on workplace communication, relationships and planning:

  • To enable students to become more effective and more confident communicators by helping them to distinguish the variety of communication channels, to recognize the overt and covert messages in entertainment and advertising, to identify the filters that influence how we construct what we say and how we interpret what we hear, and to recognize the roles that all the senses play in receiving messages;

  • To guide students in appreciating the value of relationships between self and other individuals and within both social and workplace groups and to give them the skills for selecting relationships that will provide them with growth, enrichment, and encouragement;

  • To develop in students an understanding of the importance of planning, to help them develop planning skills to select among higher education options and career options, and to appreciate the worth of both self-fulfillment and “giving back.”


What Do Students Think?


2 Semesters, 9 Units, 6 Modules, 60 Minutes a Week, 4 Years

These units and modules are the same in each of the four years but the lesson plan topics become more sophisticated each year and focus on issues and challenges that are grade-specific.  The program is facilitated by teacher, guidance counselors, or student leaders, using lesson plans developed and provided by Outfluence, LLC for each of the 24 sessions.

Semester One

In Semester One, we focus on the creator, the sender, and the recipient of messages from various perspectives, including experiential interpretation, critical discernment, and active listening.  The communication skills, the focus on the welfare of others, and the awareness of opportunities and skills for taking advantage of those opportunities are the benefits your school and its students will derive from Your Are Here … Now What? (YAHNW).

Semester Two

Equipped with stronger communication skills, in Semester Two students engage in conversations about life skills, such as relationship building, planning, decision-making and budgeting time and money.  They identify their talents, interests and opportunities, honing in on fulfilling career options.