Magazine article Success

Mind over Matter: An Arizona Educator Uses SUCCESS for Teens to Coach Her Students toward Big Wins

Magazine article Success

Mind over Matter: An Arizona Educator Uses SUCCESS for Teens to Coach Her Students toward Big Wins

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IN THE ETERNAL BATTLE of brains versus brawn, one Arizona seventh-grader recently chalked one up for brains: He discovered a book that helps his chances on the football field.

"SUCCESS for Teens has helped me in and out of school, especially Chapter 2, 'Attitude Is Everything,' " says Finley Lecky. "In football, a good attitude gets you more playing time, and a bad attitude gets you more bench time."

Lecky thanks his teacher, Melissa France of Summit School of Ahwatukee in Phoenix, for coaching him toward that extra playing time. France has been using SUCCESS for Teens: Real Teens Talk about Using the Slight Edge--the cornerstone of the SUCCESS for Teens personal development curriculum by the SUCCESS Foundation--in her seventh- and eighth-grade life skills classes since 2012.

"It was the right length, as we meet only once a week, and it fit well with the goal-setting philosophy that our class was already using," France says.

Immediately her students responded positively to the book, in which teenagers talk about developing skills and productive habits through simple, manageable steps. (The SUCCESS Foundation donates hard copies of the book to qualifying public schools, churches and nonprofit youth-development programs; SUCCESSFoundation.org offers free downloads of the book and facilitator's guide.)

"Students are always very receptive to the stories shared by teens," says France, who is also a student council adviser at Summit School, a private school for pre-K through eighth-grade students. …

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