LSA Overview

THE LIFE SKILLS ACADEMY PROGRAM

The Life Skills Academy (LSA) Program is the flagship program of AASuccess. In this program, deserving students ranging among seventh graders, high school students, college students, and post-college students enter our program to learn important life skills as well as hard and soft skills that prepare them for rewarding professional careers and productive lives of citizenship.

The goal of the LSA Program is to help students enhance their individual approaches to academic work, career development, and other challenges in life. With help from our Business Support Community network, AASuccess provides students with funding, internship opportunities, coaching, and other critical resources to develop and accomplish our student- and community-focused mission.

Our vision is to create a self-sustainable learning environment based on mutual trust and respect, where mentors, young professionals, and students learn from one another and comfortably exchange valuable resources. We want students to succeed in life. We accomplish this by addressing a host of issues, including: self-discipline, prudent decision-making, leadership, management, self-esteem, accountability, as well as physical and emotional health.

THE CURRICULUM

Courses offered by the LSA Program are sponsored and taught by trained mentors, all of whom are volunteer active professionals and managers. They provide personal training and career development opportunities to qualified students.

Each course seeks to promote critical thinking and collaboration among AASuccess students. Courses cover subjects ranging from basic communication to advanced technical skills. Students will participate in the program until they graduate from the program they take part in, but are encouraged to stay until they become productive and civic-minded professionals. 

The course offerings are organized based on the levels and colors:

TUITION AND SCHEDULES

New classes are available on a quarterly basic. Time and dates of provided courses are determined and provided by the Management Team. Students will look through the catalogue of course offerings and discuss their interests with designated mentors, so the mentors can help them coordinate enrollment and participation.

All training and development courses are offered for free to students from low-income families, and at a cost for other stduents. The annual tuition is $2,000 to cover student’s lunch, basic operational and administrative expenses, and is fully tax deductible.

VALUES

  • Balancing multiple cultures and languages: Many students often struggle with English and bridging the cross-cultural divide. They need confidence, in addition to both hard and soft skills, to use their voices effectively in the community and at home.
  • Offering resources: Many students don’t have connections and resources to establish themselves in the business community.

  • Providing skills for meaningful employment: Since 2007, LSA programs have grown to include life skills development, job training, as well as internship and other professional opportunities for both high school and college students.
  • Maximizing supports: AASuccess’ strategies revolve around integrating its students into an inter-generational support community comprised of senior citizens, business owners, working professionals, public officials, non-profit organizations, and representatives from the education community.
  • Perfecting the Act of Giving back: Everyone involved in AASuccess operates and succeeds pursuant to the circle of giving of one’s self to a community effort and in return being helped themselves by the AASuccess community.

SUCCESS STORIES

Byron Cheon

Byron Cheon

When I joined AASuccess in 2007, I had no idea that I was inadvertently stepping into a journey that would influence nearly every aspect of my professional and personal development. The extensive and personalized life skills coaching I received was especially impactful in not only helping me define my goals and world view, but also in guiding me through every step of the way.

Wendy Yuan

Wendy Yuan

It's more than just a big brother, big sister program, and it's certainly not a career center. AASuccess teaches students the things I didn't learn growing up, and it also encourages the students AND the mentors to explore different possibilities. It's about problem solving and progress. It's not just a one time transaction, but an ongoing transformation that requires a lot of patience and care from both ends. The students we work with are often still very young, so sometimes they don't have a good foundation or don't know what they want. But I think that's the beauty of it - to explore, to create, and to try.

Bao Nguyen

Bao Nguyen

Since 2006, ASuccess has consistenly provided me with the tools and direction to follow my dream of making a difference through health & fitness coaching without compromising on my core values.
Five years from now, I see the business aspect of giving back to AASuccess. I see my business growing and I see it giving back to AASuccess monetarily. Hopefully, I am able to give back in some way. Whether it be through health seminars, fitness classes, or something like that.

Tristin Tran

Tristin Tran

I wanted to let you know that after reflecting on my time at AASuccess, I have become a completely different person. I realize that without AASuccess, I wouldn't be as driven or as self-aware as I am today. Today, I am a part of many organizations and on the executive board for two of them. I happily and strongly lead conversations toward bettering both organizations because I found that I was passionate for what I was doing. AASuccess honestly pulled out the leader in me.

APPLY

Students are encouraged to look through the catalogue of course offerings and discuss their interests upon acceptance to the Life Skills Academy.

Green Program

Life Skills Basic

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Blue Program

Life Skills Essentials

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Brown Program

Life Skills Success

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Black Program

Life Skills Leadership

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