2017-05-19 / Business

Teen Retreat Aims to Spark Passion

It’s no secret that colleges want students who have a passion: It’s great for their other students and it also supports their own rankings.

Passion Spark will offer a self-discovery adventure retreat for teens at Cal Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks to help participants discover and focus on their passion.

The four-day event, which will run Sat. and Sun., July 8 and 9 and 15 and 16, will be limited to 25 students.

The workshop is designed to open the door to careers that teens will love and that will also make them a good living during a time when only 19 percent of Americans are satisfied with their careers, according to Forbes.

In addition, participants’ college or job applications will stand out because their essays/cover letters will communicate passion, something that employers prefer.

Also, only 40 percent of college students graduate in four years, according to NCES; however, knowing one’s interests increases the likelihood of graduating in four years, thereby saving $10,000 to $70,000 a year for each extra year that is not required.

Passion Spark’s experiential retreat is priced similarly to SAT prep workshops. But, where most college prep services focus on increasing student competitiveness by raising test scores, such as the SAT, Passion Spark increases students’ college competitiveness by guiding them to what colleges want even more—authentically passionate students.

By creating an environment rooted in mutual respect, kindness and trust, Passion Spark’s facilitators guide participants to discover their core passions and then connect those interests to specific careers.

Retreat activities will spark ideas from participants related to their passion, providing time for introspection, journal writing, and engaging in groups from five to 25.

The retreat will conclude with a graduation ceremony to which parents are invited and cake will be served.

For more information, go to PassionSpark.org.

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