We, Team 20/20 Vision, the 20th class of Next Level Trainings’ Vision Impact Program (VIP) in Columbus, were charged with creating an impactful community service project. Our decision as a team was to stand in support of creating future leaders of tomorrow through an organization called Seeds of Caring. With a team of only 40 individuals, we boldly declared to raise $88,000 in 21 days. We reached out to corporations, local businesses, family, and friends to support this cause. Our campaign reached all across the country, as far as Washington State and even Europe. No matter our location, we pushed until the very last second of our campaign.
Columbus organizations Seeds of Caring, and Next Level Trainings joined forces to achieve a common goal: empowering Columbus’ youth. Next Level Trainings provides experiential leadership programs that support people in unlocking their power, passion, and purpose. Seeds of Caring empowers kids to create a kinder community with their hearts, hands, and minds.
The 20th leadership class of Next Level Trainings, as part of it’s transformational curriculum has created a large-scale community service project for a local non-profit organization. The leadership class has chosen to support Seeds of Caring and is set to raise $88,000 for Seeds of Caring. The campaign runs until March 21, 2019. In just 7 days the campaign has raised over $28,000.
The team of leaders will also collect 2,500 tangible goods and improve the physical space. According to the Marketing Lead, Jessica Trevino "the work Seeds of Caring provides to the Columbus community is so vital to our youth. We are grateful to have this opportunity to support in inspiring the next generation of leaders."
As part of a transformational service project for a local non-profit organization, Next Level Trainings raised $117,000 for the Huckleberry House in just 39 days. In addition, the team of leaders collected 1,500 tangible goods, improved a Huckleberry House facility, and donated 3,700 hours of volunteer support. Members of the media are invited to attend a special check presentation in support of Huckleberry House and the youth of Columbus.
We, Team FIRED UP, the 8th class of Next Level Trainings’ Vision Impact Program (VIP) in Philadelphia, were charged with creating an impactful community service project. Our decision as a team was to stand for and support affirmation and opportunities of LGBTQ youth by supporting the Attic Youth Center in Philadelphia.
2018 was a truly remarkable year filled with extraordinary accomplishments by individual Next Level Trainings students and alumni as well as by our community as a whole. Well, today’s ceiling is tomorrow’s floor, so 2019 gets to be even bigger! We strive to constantly respond to feedback from our community in order to improve the experience and increase the quality and variety of our offerings. We have big plans in store this year as we continue to evolve as an organization and push to create even more value for you.
The holidays are a special time of year. We slow down and make time to see family we don’t see regularly. People strive to be kind and generous. We break out the fine china, buy gifts for the ones we love, splurge on feasts, and don our best holiday sweaters to mark the occasion. What if you lived today, and every day, as if in the spirit of celebration?
To live a bountiful life, we must always remember that we are constantly sowing seeds today for tomorrow. Everything that we do, say, or think is a seed planted that will have an effect both now, when we experience everything, and will also bear fruit in the future when the repercussions of our actions play out.
It’s hard to believe another year has passed as we slide head first into October. Four years ago, Next Level Trainings completed its first Discovery Training. We envisioned a world full of love and contribution for Columbus and beyond. We were committed to taking what we learned and sharing it with our community to give back.
Odds are that you are reading this on a phone or computer and as a result have access to unlimited “connection” in your pocket on a daily basis. Your smartphone is at your fingertips to check emails, text, read the news, play games, check social media, or watch videos. Yet the very thing that our phones were originally invented for is often the last thing we use it to do: connect.
People want to be happy. It is, in a very real way, the goal of life. But the search for happiness often proves elusive. People spend their whole lives searching for it without finding it, often spending fortunes in its pursuit. People commonly, and futilely, search for happiness in acquisition, success, experiences, and indulgence. They search in these places because that is where they are taught by society to search for it. However, none of them actually work to create happiness.
Many see leadership as being in charge and in control: strong, powerful, and capable of doing it all – alone. There may be the assumption that somehow asking for support is a sign of weakness and invalidates the efforts that someone is making. You may be having a conversation with yourself that you don’t need to ask for support until you are stuck and have no other choice.
There is a common misconception that being a leader requires a position of authority such as an executive or a managerial role. Maybe it is a job title earned with years of experience or from knowing the right people at the right time. Yet, it’s likely that most people you know have experienced bosses or managers that were anything but great leaders.
In our lives, it is inevitable to develop relationships that do not serve us. Whether it happens over time or we unknowingly entangle our lives with people who have different values, we can find ourselves being a part of a relationship that - just like the clutter we get to clean up - can weigh us down.
Though the weather hasn’t officially made up its mind in Ohio yet, late March is the official beginning of spring. We have pushed through the beginning of the year with dreams and goals for a better new year and it’s at this time that we begin to feel the changing of the seasons in our bones. Over the course of the winter months, we may have allowed cabin fever to let us procrastinate on chores and convinced ourselves that the shorter days were a great reason to postpone errands for another day. Many of us find that by this time of year, our homes are in desperate need of a proper spring cleaning.
Imagine yourself opening a gift this holiday season. Someone close to you has given you a handwritten letter telling you all the reasons they love you, believe in you, and appreciate you. It cost the giver little money, if any, to present you with this precious gift. Yet, wouldn’t you cherish it for the rest of your life?
Happy Anniversary to us! As we completed our 13th training this past weekend, it’s on the heels of our anniversary. It’s hard to believe that only three years ago, Next Level Trainings completed its first Discovery Training. So much has happened in the past three years and we are so grateful to have found our stride in becoming a part of the Columbus community and beyond.