Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Finding Your Voice

Something to consider...In our experience, First Generation college students are making amazing strides when given the skills necessary to advocate for themselves.  It is amazing how students new to this experience have no idea how to speak to a professor or that it is acceptable for them to do so.  It's so easy to say, "Go and talk to that professor" when many have no experience in doing so and they think, "What does that even mean???".  We have learned to teach them the vital behaviors it takes to do just that and it  helps when we walk with them to that professor's office and "coach" them along the way.  Once they do that for the first time, it breaks down so many other barriers!  Most of our students are intelligent, just skill deficient.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Old Saying, "If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem!"

We were thinking about the above saying that was widely distributed a few years ago.  It might be improved by saying, "I don't want to be part of the problem, but I really don't know how to be part of a solution".  Doesn't that make sense when we hash and rehash the problems in our schools and communities and then realize that it's all just TALK with no idea or concerted effort to solve the problems?  Even the news media will invest time, treasure and talent toward initiatives like "Education Nation" where they have days of speakers and conversations but rarely a call to action about how to actually do something toward solving the problems.  As a teacher, I get so tired of just talk!!!  I am sure that is why Jim and I spend so much time creating steps and vital behaviors that are practical and proven toward school improvement.  You don't need more talk.  You LIVE in the problems! But, what should we actually DO ???

Monday, June 10, 2013

Top Shift inThinking Towards REAL Social Change

A secret to improving school culture & climate is found in changing your mindset about student leadership from engaging only the "traditional" leaders in a school to empowering the "influencers" in your school.  We just completed our new "How-To" manual about a real process to do just that!  Our campaigns deliver a call-to-action to the influencers.  It's the "Influencers" whose power just may be hiding in plain sight!!!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Renewed Interest

We are excited about a number of requests and renewed interest in the Social Norms approach to prevention, but especially in the areas of education. Many teachers, principals and school personnel are tired of doing the same old programs that give teachers all the responsibility and leaves out the very stakeholders that could truly change the culture and climate of a school! I think Jim's book has really given a clear picture of how campaigns across the country have impacted schools and communities as he gives many lessons wrapped in stories. We are compiling a manual of how-to's that will complement out trainings and will empower the students to continue their efforts for years to come.

Monday, January 28, 2013

In Jim's new book, Untapped Power (How to Harness the Unbridled Power of Our Youth), discover lessons wrapped in stories while working with over 60 schools and communities across 20 states! Chapter Titles include:
  1. Would You Just Come and Tell Us Your Story
  2. Crazy Enough to Care
  3. The Boy Who Loved to Go to Church
  4. Men in Tights
  5. You Have to Have Coffee at the Corner Drug Store
  6. Did You Know Abraham Lincoln?
  7. Please Tell Me When You See My Kid Screwing Up
  8. The Three Legged Stool
  9. Music Changed My Life
  10. A Powerful Formula
  11. Quick, Cheap and Easy
  12. Tying it All Together
  13. Final Thoughts
If you are a coalition leader, community organizer, educator, parent and/or anyone who values working with groups of people to effect meaningful change, this book is for you!
Please email me to order at jancampain@comcast.net or go to the PayPal link at:

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Jim's New Book: Untapped Power

Social change is just another good idea without a call-to-action. In my new book, Untapped Power (How to Harness the Unbridled Power of Our Youth), discover lessons wrapped in stories about how students, parent groups and community organizations have actually accomplished compelling change and learn the 7 Step Model: Step 1-Community Reconnaissance, Step 2-Assemble & Organize the Team, Step 3-Training, Step 4-Empowerment, Step 5-Mobilize, Step 6-The Call To Action!, Step 7-Monitor, Sustain &/or Course Correction. When groups of “influencers” are organized, empowered and mobilized with an authentic voice and message, they can become a formidable influence capable of impacting a culture of success. The difference-makers just may be hiding in plain sight. Many of you will recognize yourselves and our work together in chapters like: “Crazy Enough to Care”, “Music Saved My Life”, “The Boy Who Loved to Go to Church” and “Heart Attack at 70 MPH”. If you work with students, parents and community groups and organizations around social change, you should read this. * Discover techniques for engaging youth and other significant groups in Chapter 10 where you will read about the "Powerful Formula": Youth +Angst + Technology = A Movement. *Learn about the risks of "Quick, Cheap and Easy" and how CHANGE is a real process! *Understand how to harness the need to BELONG that is basic to most human beings!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Chapter 3: "The Boy Who Loved to Go to Church"

One of my favorite chapters in Jim’s new book is “The Boy Who Loved to Go to Church”, where you will laugh and cry as you read about a young high school student who used his creativity and energy to make connections with people across the community because he lacked those all-important connections at home.  You will see how, on Saturdays and Sundays, he was a favorite “member” of many church congregations and groups! True Story!