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What is Achievement Consultation?
Isis L. Chatman, CEO/Founder
Achievement Consultation is a unique combination of teaching techniques which address the negative behaviors and behavioral health issues of adolescent female youth, and helps them and their families realize their own voice and power in controlling their own processes and outcomes so that they will be able to manage future adversities and become effective problem solvers through healthy self-reliance. Achievement Consultation is an effective alternative to suspension, expulsion, and facility placement of adolescent female youth who are experiencing negative behaviors and/or behavioral health issues.
Achievement Consultation is an innovative and positive alternative process, which combines several methodologies to produce the most beneficial outcome, for addressing the negative behaviors, repetitive behavioral health issues, and recidivism patterns among female youth, designed to help female youth grow into successful women. Achievement Consultation is a very specific combination of the methodologies which are strength-based and gender-specific for adolescent female youth.
The following outline the unique combination of teaching techniques and methodologies which make up the Achievement Consultation Process:
1) Strengths-based and empowering facilitation of curriculum and services methodology: Never ever "assuming" anything about our students and their families, instead, practicing putting the control in their hands and helping female youth and their families realize their own voice and power in controlling their own processes and outcomes. This strengths-based and empowerment perspective is carried out in facilitation of all curriculum and any services provisions. The quality services that we execute through this empowerment perspective are Family Development, Care Coordination, Life Coaching, Life Skills, Job Development, Job Readiness/Employment Soft Skills, Counseling and Mentoring for our female youth and their families. The curriculum that we suggest is our Life Skills Just for Girls Forum curriculum which was designed from a gender-specific and strengths-based perspective.
2) The second teaching technique that makes up the process of Achievement Consultation is our “Blueprint-To-Achievement” which teaches female youth the unique process of how to gain and remain in control of their own outcomes. The “Blueprint-To-Achievement” is a teaching curriculum which is our targeted distinct process of demonstrating to adolescent females how to properly identify, and appropriately address their behavioral health issues, so that they may be able to ultimately manage future adversities through healthy self-reliance. Through the “Blueprint-To-Achievement”, students are empowered by learning how to control, maintain and alter their own positive destiny. We consistently reinforce the belief of applying what they learn. It teaches students how to apply the skill sets to properly navigate through various real-life scenarios to develop common awareness of recognizing effective problem-solving methods as they mature into productive young adults. Simultaneously, we develop methods with youth and their families as to how to maintain healthy self-reliance and interdependence to properly prepare and cope with potential future adversities when family cohesion and preservation are maintained.
3) The third methodology which formulates the Achievement Consultation process, is practicing and encouraging our participants to embrace a strong value system, we recommend our “3-F’s” Value-Based system. Within this system we encourage female youth to develop a new, value-based mind-set, which helps them within their maturation process as they develop into virtuous women of society. The foundation of our 3-F’s Value-Based System are Family, Friendship, and Faithfulness, which in turn encourage love, humility, and respect. This is the value system that we encourage and teach our young ladies the art of embracing, so that the Virtuous Young Lady within them can brightly shine through!4) Consultations involve having interactive conversations with our youth and their involved family members. Consultations should always be carried out within the group facilitation of the curriculum with the students. But equally as important, consultations should occur with the students' families as well. This not only encourages family cohesion, but it also teaches families how to help their female youth to succeed in life AFTER your involvement terminates. We suggest that private consultations with your student occur at a minimum 1x/month, and consultations with her guardian also occur at a minimum 1x/month. This provides a private space, outside of the larger group, where she can feel comfortable sharing intimate details about her life. This also keeps the guardian involved, in that their details of the young lady's and her family's life can only come from here; we can never assume anything and it puts the family in the position of the experts of their own lives. Their input is key in designating a successful plan.