An interview with Mike Nygren about his commitment to students
What is your mission Mike?
· To partner with schools in helping to create a culture of effective personal and organizational student leadership.
· To equip, engage and empower students to lead effectively while serving their school and community.
What experience do you bring?
· Decades of experience working with 5th grade – college age students.
· Teaching, coaching and mentoring in the classroom, athletic field, businesses, churches and non-profits.
· Worked within over 50 schools.
· Led over 400 leadership/service retreats, training adventures locally, nationally and globally.
What makes your trainings successful?
· Focusing on helping students 'leading organizations' rather than just 'managing' them.
· Focusing on implementing the core values of respect, responsibility and discipline.
· Focusing on student organizations coordinating their efforts within schools.
· Training options: Two-hour, half-day, full-day, retreats and summer camps.
· Potential of coaching students and adult leaders for a season.
What type of experience do you bring?
- School assemblies
- Service groups
- Class officers
- Student councils
- National and Junior National Honor Society
- Team captains
- Club leaders
- At-risk groups
- Gifted programs
- Grand parenting programs
- Parent workshops (From Here to Maturity / How to go to College for Free)
- Faculty retreats and training days.
What ‘soft skills” of leadership do you focus on?
· Communication (Conversations, story-telling and public speaking)
· Motivation and morale
· Project planning and delegating
· Proactive thinking and problem solving
· Creativity and brainstorming
· Feedback and processing
· Responsibility and Commitment
What are possible starting points for students? http://www.tenballoons.com/new-page/
· Intentional Leadership. For current student leaders and newly elected leaders.
· Job Readiness. For at-risk students and students ready for greater personal challenges.
· From Here to Maturity. For all students to be challenged in their personal disciplines that help lead to success in the classroom.
What are possible starting points for schools?
· Conversation/meeting with principal and/or faculty advisor.
· Meeting with a team of faculty to discuss needs and brainstorm starting points.
· Meeting with parents, donors and community leaders.