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Community Development > KP Scholars Program > Four Principles

Four Principles

The Educational Resource Information Center (ERIC) has provided significant guidance on the components required to effectively transition adolescents into adult life. Alignment of student life goals with developmental services and experiences are the key. Federal law has underscored the need for comprehensive transition planning and has emphasized that this transition planning be part of an individualís long term development plan. Transition services are defined as a set of activities for a student that:

  • Are designed with an outcome oriented process, which promotes movement from school to post-school activities, including post-secondary education, vocational training, continuing and adult education, adult services
  • Is based upon the individual studentís needs, taking into account the studentís preferences and interests
  • Includes instruction, related services, community experiences, the development of career and other post-school living objectives

As an advocate for the youth in local communities and based upon youth development research, the Kinetic Potential Scholars program was born. Through our community alliance network, the Kinetic Potential Scholars Program facilitates the development and reinforcement of four core principles throughout the three major phases of a young personís life. Research indicates that the concepts contained within these four principles are crucial to an individualís success in life, both personally and professionally.

Vision and Goal Setting
Achievement begins with vision.

Planning along with developing a realistic look at goal setting and achievement is central to life long success. Scholars learn to identify and explore their interests and talents while gaining exposure to a variety of career and life paths. Scholars are then able to envision and articulate their professional futures and identify the strategic moves and decisions they must make to transform their visions into realities. Scholars also learn to think about obstacles as unwanted yet controllable elements of a life/professional plan.

Perceptions and Attitude
What you think affects what you see and do.

Self-perception and attitude can sometimes be the secret ingredient to a personís success. With this principle, scholars evaluate their attitudes toward other people, their environments, the world, and themselves. Scholars learn the importance of healthy self-perception and how leveraging this perception can yield powerful results.

Character and Behavior
You take yourself everywhere you go.

What does it mean to be a good citizen? A responsible adult? A leader with integrity? Character and behavior development instills the skills and thinking scholars need to achieve their goals and become influential leaders in whatever they do. This principle teaches and reinforces effective communication, the power of collaboration and teamwork, and how to set positive examples for others.

Action and Perseverance
Learning to start and keep going.

Taking action is a skill and a learned behavior, and teaching young people to transform vision into action is the essence of the Kinetic Potential Scholars Program. Scholars learn that action encompasses more than simply ďdoingĒ something but instead acting in a strategic and skilled manner. With this principle, scholars learn to manage their time, set priorities, and take appropriate steps towards their goals. Scholars also develop techniques to help them manage unexpected obstacles or setbacks and the invaluable skill of perseverance.

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