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Relentlessly focused on what young people need to be ready for the world and what the world needs to be ready for them.
I am a mom with a background in education and social work. Through my experiences teaching and running a school, I realized that getting young people to graduate does not always mean they are ready for life. This was true in my own life. As a high school dropout, I needed people and opportunities within and beyond school to prepare me for adulthood.
Today I work at the intersection of education, human services, and workforce development. My work focuses on what young people and their families need to survive and thrive, now and in the future.
I wrote Making It: What Today's Kids Need for Tomorrow's World and regularly contribute to Youth Today.
ABOUT the BOOK
The world feels volatile and uncertain. Major disruptions, from global pandemics to economic crises, are forcing us to live, learn, and work in new ways. Today's kids are growing up in the midst of rapid change. By the time they reach adulthood, things could look pretty different.
This book goes beyond the question of what young people need to succeed in school, to ask what they need to be ready for life. Explore the four currencies today's kids need to make it in tomorrow's world: competencies, connections, credentials, and cash. Learn how you can be a currency-builder in young people's lives.
Personal and deeply researched, Making It is essential reading for anyone who wants to ensure that young people are prepared for adulthood and able to thrive in changing and trying times.