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Social Skills Training Smile & Succeed for Teens book

TECHNOLOGY IS STOPPING COMMUNICATION

Quick and easy to read! Make your young adult(s) career ready! Have you noticed the way kids are constantly staring at their cell phones? They spend more time looking at that little screen than engaging with each other, face to face. The technology created to enhance personal communication is actually blocking it.

SUCCESS IN LIFE DEPENDS ON COMMUNICATION

Social skills are the top factor in getting a job, according to Harvard University. Is your young adult prepared? Smile & Succeed for Teens is an attention-grabbing crash course in SOCIAL and JOB skills that helps teens interview, get and keep a job, excel on the job with powerful social and customer service skills, develop meaningful relationships, and find (or even create) a fulfilling career. For middle, high school and college-aged youth, 12+.

Price: $14.95

Key Takeaways for Teens Include:

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• How to land a job (and keep it!)
• The important life skills your first job can teach you

• Customer service, sales and fundraising skills to excel 
• The many benefits of volunteering
• How to handle stress
• Job skills that make you stand out
• What colleges are looking for in applicants, and a lot more.

• Electronic etiquette   

• How to make friends


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IP Gold Award recognizing excellence

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THINK YOUR TEEN WON'T READ SMILE & SMILE FOR TEENS?
From the 2017 Study "Teen Reading in the Digital Era":
"“70% of study participants say they read for pleasure at least weekly, with 50% claiming to read for a minimum of 15 minutes daily.”

The Bureau of Labor Statistics says teens may read for pleasure as little as six minutes per day, Direct, concise with no wasted words, Smile & Succeed for Teens is structured to be read in small doses. It was written with teen reading habits and preferences in mind.


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A quick overview of Smile & Succeed for Teens presented by the author, Kirt Manecke.

Perfect for teens who are:

o   Looking for a job
o   Already working
o   Planning to start their own business
o   Looking to volunteer
o   Applying to colleges
o   Not yet clear on a career path
o   In transition programs


Smile & Succeed for Teens can be read cover to cover, but it also serves as an effective quick-reference guide for kids with an ultra-short attention span. Teens can use the book like a dictionary or encyclopedia, finding the topic they need help with in the Table of Contents, and going directly to that section of the book.


Teens won't only walk away with information. They will walk away with a step-by-step process for applying what they’ve learned.

ISABELLE Teenager

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Now I know when to have my phone out and when not to.

Harvard Business School research determined that EQ (emotional intelligence) counts for twice as much as IQ and technical skills combined in determining who will be successful. Emotional intelligence refers to the ability to identify and manage one's own emotions, as well as the emotions of others.


SEL (Social and Emotional Learning)
Smile & Succeed for Teens supports all five social and emotional learning (SEL) competencies:

  • Self-Awareness
  • Self-Management
  • Decision-Making
  • Social Awareness
  • Relationship Skills

The supplemental book may be used in a variety of settings such as:

  • Schoolwide book study
  • Summer reading list
  • Incorporated into a class that all students take such as language arts, financial literacy, consumer science, vocational education, etc. 
  • CTE (Career and Technical Education)
  • Business classes
  • Vocational Education
  • Special Education

Smile & Succeed for Teens supports and compliments the following initiatives: 

  • 21st Century Learning
  • Character education
  • Workforce readiness
  • Project SEARCH
  • Project LIFE
  • School to Work
  • DECA
  • Transition
  • VEI (Virtual Enterprises International)
  • FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America)

WHO SHOULD READ THIS BOOK

o    Teens seeking to improve social skills, self-esteem, independence, confidence and electronic etiquette
o    Teens with anxiety and who are shy
o    Teens looking for a job, volunteering or who want to jump start their career
o    Teens already working, self-employed or who would like to start their own business
o    Teens applying to college
o    Teens with autism, ADHD, Down Syndrome, and other special needs
o    Teens and young adults in transition 

o    Clients in Project SEARCH and other transition programs
o    Vocational rehabilitation and homeschool students

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More than 50 Fun, Informative Illustrations

ADDITIONAL BENEFITS

  • Age appropriate content keeps teens' attention
  • Social and emotional growth.
  • Ideal for career advising and transition planning
  • Promotes a growth mindset and resilience
  • Improves school culture 
  • Builds more autonomous teens
  • Assists in the creation of functional goals for IEPs (individualized educational program)
  • Skills and strategies that lead to measurable outcomes

Temple Grandin, world-renowned autism spokesperson and professor at Colorado State University, called Kirt the same day she read his book Smile & Succeed for Teens. Temple urged Kirt to use her testimonial to get his book out to all teens and adults to lower the unemployment rate.

Temple Grandin

Smile and Succeed for Teens is a FANTASTIC resource to help teens be successful at work.

TEMPLE GRANDIN

One of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World,
Author, Thinking in Pictures, The Autistic Brain

TEACHERS: BRING SMILE INTO YOUR CLASSROOMS


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Easily Fits into Your Current Curriculum


Easily Fits into Your Current Curriculum
Smile & Succeed for Teens is the perfect supplement book.

Smile & Succeed for Teens: Lexile: 720L (4th grade reading level)

For middle, high school and college teachers to teach ALL students. 

The perfect career readiness and transition curriculum! Also popular with special education directors and teachers helping students with autism and other disabilities.

FREE PDF Teaching Guide with your purchase of a classroom pack(s).

SCHOOLS USING SMILE & SUCCEED FOR TEENS

·         Toledo Public Schools (purchased 2,000 books)

·         Huron Valley School District

·         Western Michigan University

·         Lakeland High School

·         Hartland High School

·         Oakland ISD/Oakland Schools

·         Hartland Middle School at Ore Creek

·         Washtenaw ISD Special Education

·         Lapeer County ISD Career Education

·         Summit Academy

·         Lincoln Education Center

·         EHOVE Career Center-Job Placement

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·         Our Lady of the Lakes Middle School

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·         Second Chance Academy

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·         Farmington Alternative High School

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·         AIM High School

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·         Susquehannock High School

·         San Mateo County Office of Education

·       Olton High School

·       O’Donnell ISD

·       The Wilson Talent Center

·       Lower Moreland Township High School

·       Meridian Public Charter School

·       Dublin City Schools

·       Dexter Community Schools

·       Sequoia High School
·       The Lamphere School

·         North Mahaska Schools

·         Swartz Creek Community Schools

·         Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School

·         Sylvania Public Schools

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·         Business Careers High School

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·         Parker Woods Montessori

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·         Susquehannock High School

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·         Annapolis High School

·         Hardin County Schools

·         Thomas More College

·         Duluth East High School

·         Saranac Lake CSD

·         Glendale Community College

·         Yavapai Accommodation School District #99

·         Delaware County ISD

·         Transition and Supported Employment, Services for the Blind,

          North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

·         Halifax Community College, Workforce and Economic Development Division, 
          Career Readiness Certificate

·         Glendale Unified School District

·         Transition Plus

·         Shawnee Mission East High School

·         Glenmont Job Corps Center

·         Conotton Valley Union Local

·         Southern Ohio Educational Service Center

·         Sycamore High School/Aviator Launch Program

·         The Community School

·         Avery Elementary School

·         iCan Dream Center 

·         Region 7 ESC, Kilgore TX

·         Stark County ESC
·         Troy School District

·         ECLC of New Jersey Chatham

·         Goldendale High School

·         Tumwater High School

·         Simley High School

·         Futures School

·         Many, many more.

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