- Live Your Life with Gumption
- Function with Gumption
All programs include the following messages:
- Personal responsibility
- Life chapters / journey of life
- Life Lessons from the movie Forrest Gump
The differences and distinctions within a program are based upon the age group being addressed. The following groups each receive age appropriate renditions of the stories and real life examples.
- High school (9-12)
- Middle school (6-8)
- Elementary school (2-5)
- Elementary school (K-1)
- Rural elementary schools (K-8)
Additional division can be made when addressing the larger schools. For example, High school can be divided into Freshman/Sophomores and Juniors/Seniors.
Programs for rural schools will differ from programs presented at Montana’s larger population center schools.
Younger audiences (e.g. K-1) will primarily hear about opportunities and choices. Sessions for the younger audiences will be limited to 20-30 minutes maximum. Additionally, there will be little mention of the movie and little emphasis on the concept of life chapters/journey.
When addressing high school upper classes, emphasis will be on the life journey and the need for urgency in making good choices … now!
The message of Gumption/Personal Responsibility can be focused on any special need/priority for a given community. Just ask.
- Graduation Matters
- Attitudes and Behaviors
- Health / Wellness
- Family Factors
Program Length / Duration
- High School: 30-45 mintues
- Middle School: 30-45 minutes
- Elementary Schools: 20-30 minutes
- Rural Elementary schools: 30-45 minutes
Steve enjoys visiting individual classrooms as a followup to the general assembly session.
This smaller group setting permits the following:
- Connecting one-on-one, more personal connection with individual student
- Opportunity to emphasis special needs/priories of a given community (e.g. bullying)
- Casual Q&A to address individual concerns/questions
Classroom visits work well spending half a class period in a given class. Classes have been know to double up for these visits so that the entire school has the opportunity to spend time in small group setting.
It is typical for Steve to spend a minimum of 1/2 day at any given school. During the day, the students will receive 1 (or 2) general assembly session(s) and multiple class periods of individual classroom visits.