Purpose is a Verb

You know those moments that make you feel alive? Not just the “hey this is a great moment and I’m excited to experience this!” moments, but the “Holy moly when and where and HOW did I get this lucky to be able to be in this very exact spot doing this very exact thing right now […]

April 28, 2017 Goals Tags:

5 Steps to Solve Any Problem

We all get them. Some of us keep them. None of us really like them. I am talking about problems. Problems by definition need solving. Too often we lack the skills we need to properly handle problems. Instead, we shuffle our problems from today, otherwise known as urgent or crisis, and move them to tomorrow or someday, […]

March 13, 2017 Goals Tags:

4 Ways to Engage Alumni Advocacy for College Access Groups

We are so thrilled to have 17 TRiO Alumni on our staff. Your alumni are an incredible source for advocacy. How you specifically engage your alumni will differ based on your geographic location, type of program, and program culture. However, as we work with alumni across the country, we have discovered a few key elements […]

March 9, 2017 Uncategorized

3 Things to Consider (That Isn’t Budget) When Choosing a Trainer

Does Your Team Building Expert Have a Team? Last weekend, we hosted an internal training for our educational facilitators. As we worked together, it occurred to me: How many “team building experts” have a team of their own? Now, don’t get me wrong, I know some great facilitators who do a phenomenal job with team […]

February 24, 2017 Uncategorized

3 Things I Learned at NCCEP

Last week, we had the opportunity to attend the NCCEP capacity building conference in NYC. We had a great time, and are fired up about the information we came home with! Thinking back on the conference, there are 3 big takeaways that come to mind. WE MUST RECOGNIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF NON-COGNITIVE SKILLS MATTER I listened […]

February 14, 2017 Uncategorized

3 Brand New Tag Games for Team Building with Young People

You're it! No, you're it! You're it! When is the last time you played tag? No, seriously...when is the last time you played tag? The answer is too long. Back in the olden days, tag was as simple as chasing your friend and trying to tag them on the back. If were fast and elusive [...]

3 Tips to plan the perfect summer event.

1. Make it FUNN! Our friend Mark Collard, of, says that a great event needs to spend time having FUNN (Functional Understanding Not Necessary)! Of course we want our participants to learn about life skills, career placement, college prep, and goal setting…but if we don’t have FUNN first the participants can find themselves disengaged […]

January 29, 2016 Sequencing

Top 11 Team Building and Leadership Activity Books for Leadership Trainers

I feel as if every facilitator is looking for new and fresh activities to energize and lead their group. If you are like me, you have a hard time finding activities that are applicable to your program's goals. I have compiled a list of my favorite 11 books that are packed full of unique and [...]
December 2, 2015 Books

101 Ways to Line Up a Group – A Classic Team Building and Icebreaker Activity

Sometimes you just need to go to the classics. In music it is mozart. In cars it is Model T. In food it is eggs and bacon. In leadership activities it is a Group Line Up. You can use a group line up with the young, the old, the quiet, the loud, the small. the large [...]
November 18, 2015 Icebreakers

Gallery Walk – A Creative Way to Make Meetings More Fun

Meetings, meetings, meetings. Meetings get a bad rap. They are both a blessing and a curse. We meet because we need to develop, process, or disseminate information but often that doesn't happen. Typically they get drudged into the minutiae of agendas and politics and all things that are wrong with meetings. It doesn't have to [...]
November 11, 2015 Energizers, Icebreakers
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