The Kansas City Learning Center came full circle this week when long-time HALO youth, Noah, helped HALO staff lead a workshop on goal setting for local youth emergency shelter teens. Noah was asked to teach the workshop on Goal-Setting, because he has accomplished so many of the goals he set for himself. He also first came to HALO with this exact same shelter 4 years ago, and always loved the Wednesday night art and life skill group when he was there.
He spoke to the youth from the shelter about how he was once exactly where they were, and how he knows it’s not a situation that anyone wants to be in. He spoke of his goals of getting out of the shelter and becoming self-sufficient. He also talked about how his transition to Job Corps, where he received his high school diploma and plus Maintenance certificate, helped him further that goal.
He now works full time as the maintenance person for an apartment complex, makes above minimum wage, gets a free apartment, owns a car, and has health insurance. He accomplished this through setting a goal to get out of his situation and become self-sufficient. He discussed how having goals is important to keep you focused and motivated, and then went into a description of the art project for the night, a goal journal. He described the project, and how writing down goals can sometimes help you get clear on what you want to work toward. At HALO, we love when our kids support each other and give back to their community in whatever way they can.
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