Science and Research

Connecting with today’s kids because their future matters.

Envision Your Future® was developed to connect with today’s generation raised with technology and to guide them in finding their unique place in the world.

EYF is non-clinical, making it possible to be facilitated by non-degreed people including youth.  EYF helps youth build a strong inner foundation to make life-giving choices, which expresses itself in a remarkable reduction in the high school dropout rate, school bullying, drugs, gangs, crime, teen pregnancy and teen suicide.

Theories

EYF is based on Emotional and Social Intelligences, Metacognition, Motivational Interviewing, Mental Contrasting, and Self-Determination Theory (SDT).

Emotional Intelligence: Self-Mastery

  • Be self-aware: understand their emotions; are confident; trust their intuition.They are willing to take an honest look at themselves; know their strengths and weaknesses.
  • Self-regulate: to control emotions and impulses. They think before they act. Characteristics of self-regulation are thoughtfulness, comfort with change, integrity, and the ability to say no.
  • Self-motivate: willing to defer immediate results for long-term success; are highly productive, love a challenge, and are very effective in whatever they do.
  • Empathize: the ability to identify with and understand the wants, needs, and viewpoints of those around you; good at recognizing the feelings of others.
  • Use social skills: they are team players. Rather than focus on their own success first, they help others develop and shine. They can manage disputes, are excellent communicators, and are masters at building and maintaining relationships.

Source: Daniel Goleman, Ph.D.

SQ/SI - Social Intelligence: People/Street Smarts

Social Intelligence is the ability to get along well with others, and to get them to cooperate with you. SQ is learned.

The Key Elements of SQ: The most fundamental discovery in this new science is we are wired to connect.

  • Verbal Fluency and Conversational Skills
  • Knowledge of Social Roles, Rules, and Scripts
  • Effective Listening Skills
  • UnderstandingWhat Makes Other People Tick
  • Social Self-Efficacy – social self-confidence

Source: Daniel Goleman, Ph.D.

Metacognition, better known by its other names (non-cognitive or soft skills)

Is the process of developing self-awareness and the ability to self-assess. Students rely on being able to think effectively and independently in order to take charge of their learning. Examples of metacognition are: perseverance, growth mindset, self-efficacy, motivation, self-control, optimism, resilience, hope and more.

Self-determination Theory (SDT)

Was developed by researchers Edward L. Deci and Richard M. Ryan. This theory is concerned with human motivation, personality and optimal functioning. Rather than just the amount of motivation, self-determination theory focuses on different types of motivation.

Mental Contrasting

Youth first imagine a desired future (dream) and reflect on the obstacles that stand in the way of reaching this goal.  By recognizing the challenges in accomplishing a goal, youth develop strategies for working through the barriers.

Motivational Interviewing

The responsibility for change is left with the youth.  The goal is to increase intrinsic motivation, so that change comes from them and serves them in achieving goals based on values.  A key component of the spirit of Motivational Interviewing is its collaborative nature.  The facilitator does not answer questions, but rather turns the question or challenge back to the student for critical thinking, “possibility” strategies and solution-making.

Our Youth Can’t Wait

Gen Z is evolving and accelerating at the speed of technology. It is imperative for us to participate in preparing them for the future. They need our help today, not tomorrow! Your donation encourages youth to build and live their dreams.

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