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Chart the Course

Think about your long-term goals and how to reach them.

Follow these Getting Ready instructions if youth are doing the activity in pairs on their own, or if you are running this as a group activity.

Getting Ready

Create a long-term goal timeline with at least five points on the timeline. For example if High School Graduation is the example you want to use:

-- Start with current grade level
-- Make points along the way, such as advance to next grade, complete exams, prepare for ACT/SAT, etc.
-- Put graduation at the end of the timeline.

Preview the video "Ultimate Motivational Speeches" with Will Smith.


WHAT YOU'LL NEED

Computer
WiFiInternet
PencilAndPaper
DigitalProjector
MobilePhones
 

STEP 1
TIME: 10 MINUTES

Learn

Take out your Leadership Journal and write down some of the most important factors to consider when you set goals.

Did you consider:

-- Whether it a short-term or long-term goal?
-- Whether there milestones to complete along the way reach to help you reach your overall goal?
-- Whether there are small, short-term goals that will help you reach your long-term goals? If so, what are they and are there any obstacles in your way?

Keep these considerations in mind as we move forward and begin to think about long-term goals and how to achieve them.

Begin by asking youth what they know about the importance of goal setting. Invite them to shout out as many words and phrases related to goal setting as they can in one minute.

Ask youth what they should consider when they are setting goals: 

-- Is it a short-term or long-term goal?
-- Are there milestones along the way to complete to help you reach your overall goal?
-- Are there small, short-term goals that will help you reach your long-term goals? If so, what are they, and are there any obstacles in your way?

Tell youth that they will be working on setting a long-term goal later on in the activity and it will be important to think about all the small milestones that will go into that larger goal.


STEP 2
TIME: 15 MINUTES

Explore

Watch the video "Ultimate Motivational Speeches" by Will Smith.

Think about what Will Smith said in the video.

What stood out to you? Get your Leadership Journal and reflect on the following:

  -- What did he want?
-- How did he envision for the future?
-- How did he stay motivated?
-- What was his work ethic like?

Show youth the video "Ultimate Motivational Speeches" by Will Smith.

Remind youth to look for the ways Will Smith reached his goals.

Ask youth what stood out to them. Have them take out their Leadership Journals and reflect on the following:

-- What did he want?
-- How did he envision the future?
-- How did he stay motivated?
-- What was his work ethic like?


STEP 3
TIME: 25 MINUTES

Experience

Think about a long-term goal that you would like to accomplish. This could be graduating from high school, getting your ideal score on the ACT/SAT or getting into your favorite college.

These types of goals do not just happen. You will need to be strategic when you set your path to reach these goals. So look at the Setting a Goal for the Future document.

Fill out the sheet and pay special attention to your “action steps.”

These action steps will also need target dates so that you can stay on track to meet your overall goal.

Turn your sheet over and draw a line down the middle of the page from top to bottom. This will be your goal timeline.

Turn your sheet horizontally so that your line now goes from left to right.

On the far right, place a point on the line for the goal you want to accomplish. If your goal is high school graduation, you will follow the examples below.

At the far right, place a dot on the line and write your goal under it and over it write the month and year of your graduation.

At the far left, write where you currently are in your progress toward your goal. For example, if your goal is high school graduation, then write what grade you are currently in on the far left under a point on the line.

You should now have a timeline that looks like this:

2017   May 2020
________.________________________________________.________

Sophomore   Graduation

Now that you have your timeline starting and ending points created, you can start to place your action step points along the line and assign dates to them so that you know when you need to complete them to reach your overall goal.

Once you have your timeline complete, show it to your staff and also take a picture of it so that you have a digital copy.

Then, upload it to earn a star.

Ask youth to think about a long-term goal that they would like to accomplish. This could be graduating from high school, getting their ideal score on the ACT/SAT or getting into their favorite college.

These types of goals do not just happen. Tell youth, they will need to be strategic when they set their path to reach these goals. Have them look at the Setting a Goal for the Future document.

Tell them to fill out the sheet and pay special attention to their “action steps.”

Say these action steps will also need target dates so that members can stay on track to meet their overall goals.

Ask youth to turn their sheet over and draw a line down the middle of the page from top to bottom. Tell them that this will be their goal timeline.

Ask youth to turn their sheet horizontally so that their line now goes from left to right.

Tell youth that we will use high school graduation as our example.

Tell youth to place a dot on the far right of the line and then ask them to write their goal under it (Graduation). Then ask them to write the month and year of your graduation over their goal.

Ask youth to write where they are now in their progress toward their goal on the far left. For example, if their goal is high school graduation then ask them to write what grade they are currently in on the far left under a point on the line.

Youth should now have a timeline that looks like this:

October 2017 May 2020
________.________________________________________.________

Sophomore Graduation


Now that youth have their timeline starting and ending points created, they can start to place their action step points along the line and assign dates to them so that they know when they need to complete them to reach their overall goal.

Once youth have their timeline, ask youth to show it to you. Take a picture of it so that you have a digital copy.

Then, ask youth to upload it to earn a star.


STEP 4
TIME: 5 MINUTES

Reflection

Great job! Are there other goals you have that you could make timelines for? List some of those in your Leadership Journal and later you can make timelines for those also.

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