Mentoring Adolescents for Personal and Professional Success (MAPPS) is a pop-up/pilot human development programdesigned to empower all future leaders with self, societal and work awareness. MAPPS is choice-based, mentorship-supported, and provides a space for holistic healing and restorative justice while delivering a truthful and enduring remedy to social injustice.
MAPPS is powered by The Implicit Career Search (ICS), a purpose-centred approach to career exploration and planning that guides participants to develop a thorough plan based on what they will contribute to the world through their life’s work.
But how do we decide what our work is to be?
Originally developed in British Columbia and now available globally with over 100,000 clients, the ICS approach is unlike any other career planning and exploration. Using an extremely effective and highly integrated approach, the program has achieved some impressive results working with college students, corporations employing young staff, the homeless, the incarcerated, first nations, as well as the unemployed and underemployed.
Traditional and widely adopted approaches have been focused primarily on personality style and job availability. While these may have worked well in the industrial age, in today’s information age, they have limited application or relevance. Young people today are looking for purpose in their career choices and are aware that, in many cases, they will be responsible for creating their own work.
The program’s approach to career planning is built around 6 core modules, of which the first 5 provide the information required to produce an effective, realistic, and flexible career plan in 6. Each module applies a lively blend of micro-lectures, assessments, structured group discussion, non-verbal exercises, as well as movement as metaphor exercises to address multiple learning styles.
Guides participants to the understanding and realization that they are 100% responsible for their choices and decisions by helping them identify how their current beliefs and choices were formed and how they may be hindering and unnecessarily complicating their current career decisions (or lack of).
Involves identifying rigidities in behaviors that stops one from becoming effective in personal and work relationships, and then developing specific actions plans to overcome those roadblocks. The module goes on to apply this approach to better understanding emotions enabling participants to consciously choose the robust self-concept and healthy self-esteem it will take to realize and deliver one’s personal contribution to the world.
Based upon this healthier self-esteem and coming from the very essence of who they are, participants now define the person they intend to be (with a Personal Mission Statement) including the values and characteristics to be developed; how they intent to interact with others, with money, with work, with play. Defining ‘Who I Am’ is a vital step to take before determining the work I will do.
The Work Purpose Statement is a declaration of the contribution participants will make to the world through their work. There are no big or small contributions, only contributions. There are, however, contributions that have positive or negative impacts. The previous modules help participants determine that their defined purpose will make a positive contribution. The work purpose is the foundation of the career plan. Here we assume that not only does each of us have something unique to contribute in our lives, we each desperately want to make that contribution.
identifies the steps and efforts involved in achieving career success. It is here where the vehicle (career) to deliver the purpose is chosen and road map is provided to develop that career, or careers, through five stages of the Career Development Spectrum: Craftsperson, Manager, Leader, Expert, Creator. We believe soaring first involves walking, then running.
Delivering the work purpose involves strategy. What skills and training make sense? What are the chances of finding work from the training? Where is this kind of work available? What does it pay? How will I develop from the job? A strategic plan involves clearly identified Vision Stages that contain Implementation Steps supported by Contingency Planning.