“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.” Ben Franklin
After a brainstorming session, the interns were full of ideas of steps to take NOW on the path to their career goals: Kobi, who wants to be a chef, said he could start baking cookies and selling them at school; Taiwan, who is into music, could sell beats online; Xavier, who wants to be a mechanic, could watch YouTube videos and build and take apart model cars to help him learn all the parts. The enthusiasm in the room was contagious.
Each intern’s ideas will become part of his post high school plan, which is the culmination of the six week internship. The boys will present their plans on August 8th and then be paired with a mentor during their 11th and 12th grade years to help them enact their plans.
During an early lesson, one group of interns was told to draw a picture of a playground in front of a school. The other group was just told to draw a picture. The playground group got right to work. The other group started over several times and finally drew a picture of a scene from the Fortnite video game. Daniel declared the playground group the winner. “What that’s not fair!” argued the losing group.
Their justified complaints led to a discussion about the importance of knowing where you want to go in order to make an effective plan.
Daniel, said, “You don’t have to have it all figured out, but pick an initial direction. Even if your goals change, this is about cultivating the ability to take steps to reach a life goal. Many people talk for years about what they want to do, but never do anything about it. You are capable of more than that.”
During the internship, in addition to preparing their plans, they visited colleges, explored careers, and participated in spiritual lessons and community service.