Make the most of your teen's last four years at home. Prepare them for a lifetime of opportunity and success. Help them have a plan to succeed.


Plan. Succeed. High School Edition is 5-day workshop to help rising 9th graders in the Houston Area develop the skills and habits they'll need to have a successful freshman year.   

Rising Freshman Workshop

July 30 - August 3; 12pm-5pm  (workshop is capped at 12 students)

Cost: $1,000 includes lunch and materials

Participating students will learn how to apply their strengths (StrengthsFinder) and the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens to their lives as high school students. They'll learn how to manage their time effectively, how to organize themselves, and how to take ownership of their learning so they get the most out of their high school experience and lay a great foundation for college success.

Click below to learn more about each day of the workshop.

+ Day One: Understanding the Big Picture

Students often don't understand how high school is different from middle school or how every year matters. During Understanding the Big Picture, students will

  • Get an overview of the 4-year roadmap to college
  • Understand how GPA works and why it matters
  • Understand how to choose the right courses

+ Day Two: Leveraging Our Strengths and Working Around Our Weaknesses

Without knowing their strengths and weaknesses, students can't leverage their strengths for big wins or keep their weaknesses from sabotaging their attempts at success. Students will spend time understanding their strengths (utilizing StrengthsFinder) and how to use them to get better results in school, and they'll spend time naming their weaknesses so they can develop a plan to minimize them.

+ Day Three: What Will It Take to Be Successful

Using the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, we'll spend time learning practical ways to apply habits that will help students be successful in high school. In the process, students will learn

  • How to prioritize their time
  • How to find an organizational system that works for them
  • Effective study habits

+ Day Four: Creating A Personal Path to Success

In order for students to feel invested in high school, they need to feel like they are working towards something they want for themselves. We'll spend this day helping students set a vision for what they want to be true at the end of their time in high school and create a plan for what it will look like at the end of their freshman year to be on track. Students will create

  • A vision for the end of their 4 years in high school
  • A vision and goals for their freshman year that aligns with their 4 year vision
  • A list of the commitments they'll make to realize their freshman vision

+ Day Five: Investing Others In Our Success

No matter how hard students work on setting a vision, it won't come to reality without help from others. Continuing the work from day four, students will learn how to enlist the support of others in the realization of their vision/goals. They'll learn

  • How to invest others, namely teachers and parents, in that vision
  • How to advocate for themselves
  • How to mind and reflect on their personal development