How does this help me?
If you ever wondered what you would do with your life after high school, then Lifeplan is here to help you determine a path and introduce you to career professionals that can answer your questions.
If you ever wanted to do the right thing, but you had too many influences trying to get you to do the wrong thing, then Lifeplan is here to help you choose what values matter most to you and give you tools to measure your choices alongside your personal beliefs.
Is there any homework?
Oftentimes, yes, but it’s the type of homework that’s all about you. We realize that some questions may be bigger than one class session can answer. We also want you to really think about how you feel instead of just answering in order to move on to the next question. In those cases, you may be asked to go home and think about certain aspects of your own life – how is it and how you want it to be. You can ask to ‘take the question home’ to think about it and answer in the next class.
Who will have access to the information I share during Lifeplan?
Your information is confidential. You can share as much as you want to. Your journal will be your own property to take home once the initial program is finished. Your Lifeplan mentors are there to encourage you to share your thoughts to help them help you to achieve the things you want.
I don’t know what my dreams are yet, what should I do?
That’s okay! As long as you can identify some of your strengths and things that you enjoy doing, you’ll be able to form your dreams as you continue to explore these activities. Keep talking to your parents/mentors/board of directors for help and insight.
What if my dreams and goals change?
It is perfectly fine if they change. In fact, they will change many times as you grow and learn more about yourself and your interests. Make sure you update your Lifeplan according to your most current dreams and goals. Let your mentors, parents and board of directors know when your dreams and goals have shifted so that they can continue to help you reach your new ones.
What happens afterwards?
That depends on you. If after completing the program, you feel that Lifeplan has helped you feel more confident about approaching your future and given you more strength to make your own choices, then make sure to let your mentors know that you want to continue the program. In the meantime, make sure to continue to keep your journal updated with your current dreams and goals and keep looking for opportunities to complete your action steps towards both.
I have a busy schedule, how much time will it take?
Classes are generally one to two hours, depending on how often your Lifeplan group meets. A group that meets every week may have one hour classes, while a group that meets once a month, may have two hour ones. Classes are usually scheduled around a common time that works for everyone. If you have a schedule problem due to practices or other activities, talk to your mentor and they will help find a solution.
How often should I be in contact with my board of directors?
At least once per month. They will be happy to talk with you about your Lifeplan and are willing to help you reach your goals. You should also send them a copy of your report card each quarter. Either so that they can notice your achievements or offer help if you start to fail behind. For example, if they see math is hard for you, maybe they know a tutor you can work with. This is some of the best parts about a board of directors – recognition, support, and assistance.
I’m having trouble putting together my board of directors list, what should I do?
Ask your friends, family, teachers, and Lifeplan facilitators to help you. They may know people that they can introduce you to who may be willing to help mentor you. This is a great opportunity to test out your networking skills. Think about your dreams and goals and think about people (you know or don’t know) that have already accomplished the same goals you have. Where do they work and where would you be likely to find someone like this? Call, email and meet them in person. If needed, your Lifeplan Mentor can help to make an introduction for you. Explain that you are interested in their work and want to learn more. As long as you are genuinely interested and willing to do the work, people with respond positively.