Today’s Class: October 11, 2019

Today’s Class was a continuation of the Hope Life Skills class conversations about

what it takes to be successful in life.

Today’s topics were creating a great personal brand,  using your brand to build a great network of successful, reputable people, time management, pushing out of your comfort zone, and three key concepts:

three key concepts for lifetime success – #1 having the courage to always do what is the right thing to do     #2 having the discipline to do the things that aren’t always easy but what’s necessary to accomplish your goals        #3 always staying focused on your goals and values for lifetime success

Today’s guest was Jason Roias who shared his personal story which emphasized successfully managing time, ALWAYS building a personal network of successful, ethical people, courage to make tough decisions, discipline to work hard and do things that aren’t easy but in your best interest, and always staying focused on your lifetime goals.

today’s host was Hope High Life Skills junior, Jarlene Carona, who welcomed Jason to Hope High School and the Life Skills class prior to the beginning of today’s class.

Jarlene introduces Jason to her classmates to start today’s class.  Jason is a former Hope Life Skills student, Hope High senior class President, Hope High 2014 graduate, Providence community service activist, Founder of Hungry Fridays (feeding Providence’s homeless and less fortunate), full time college student, and employee at Hinkley Allen law firm.

Today’s Class: October 4, 2019

Today’s question to our class –  how many students are thinking about the FUTURE, NOW?

Today’s answer –  everyone should be, NOW.

This class of Hope High juniors should be thinking about the next big step to help them have the kind of future they’re hoping for.    A good job.   Maybe a good college with the most financial aid possible.   Possibly, a summer internship for valuable experience in a career they’re really interested in.  Building a network of successful people who will advise and help them throughout their lives.  All types of experiences and relationships that prepare our Hope Life Skills students for the kind of future they want –  a  job they love doing, earning good money to enjoy having all the things each student wants.

To make this happen, Mr Cronin began by giving each student a book to read that provides a look into the future they will soon find themselves competing with other talented, smart, well connected, well prepared people from ALL OVER THE WORLD.

MR Cronin passing out “The FUTURE” books to each student

Today’s Class: September 27th, 2019

Innocet Byiringiro welcomes today’s guest, Arnell Milhouse, to Hope High School and the Life Skills class prior to the start of today’s class.

Today’s guest was Arnell Milhouse,

Inventor, Creator, Founder and CEO of CareerDevs University, and the Entrepreneur in Residence at Brown University’s Nelson Center.

Today’s Hope Life Skills host was Innocet Byiringiro.

Innocet steps out of his comfort zone as he introduces Arnell to his classmates to open today’s class. Well done too!!!

Following Innocet’s example, all students approach Arnell to greet him and welcome him to the Life Skills class with good eye contact, a firm handshake, smile, and a friendly greeting.

Perfect greeting by Nehemias Rojas.

Today’s Opportunity – September 27, 2019

Arnell Millhouse (right) at today’s Hope Life Skills class. Elliott Burrell welcomes Arnell to today’s class while Raphael Cruz and Dalanti Vanover wait to do the same.

An invitation to participate in a unique, informative, program creating and developing entrepreneurial opportunities was extended to the Hope Life Skills students today.  But,


Click on the link below to join Arnell and his entrepreneurship incubator by end of today!!!!!

Contact me, Stephen Cronin, if you need help.    Buenos suerte!!!


Today’s Class: September 20, 2019

Today’s class focused three topics – 

#1.  transparency.  This year’s students welcomed 6 students from last year’s class to ask them what they liked about last school year’s Life Skills class and what they didn’t like about last year’s class.   #2.  Mr Cronin’s shared his vision of a Future  students will encounter in 2024, what the marketplace will look like, the impact technology and Artificial Intelligence will have on jobs and lifestyles, and how this class is created to help them prepare for the opportunities and challenges students will encounter in this technology influenced future.  #3.  Mr Cronin’s first impressions of this year’s class after the first class and first homework assignment.

Stephen Cronin focuses on 3 topics to start this week’s class

Today’s Class – September 13, 2019

Stephen Cronin explains the Goals of the Life Skills class to the 2019 – 2020 class.

The Goals of the Hope Life Skills program are –  

#1.  build student self-esteem;  confidence.   #2. introduce the concept of “personal brand“,  in other words, the way others think about and/or perceive us, AND understand how a person’s brand EITHER creates opportunities for success for life OR eliminates opportunities for success for life.    #3. Have students use their brands to build networks of successful people who can advise and help them for life.   #4.  Introduce students to jobs and careers they are presently interested in OR jobs and careers they may not know about  #5.  teach and develop important communication skills especially collaboration, presentation, personal greeting, and writing skills.”

Stephen  Cronin explained to the students his commitment to their success. 

I am like your personal coach committed to helping you become a successful person for life by introducing and developing important skills and attitudes that most successful people use and constantly look to improve upon throughout their lives.  I will work hard to help you become a successful person.

I will do this as long as you fulfill my expectations which are –

#1 come to class on time, all the time.  For days when extraordinary circumstances prevent you from being coming to class and being on time, you text, call, or email me asap to explain reasons for your tardiness or absence.   #2Do YOUR HOMEWORK all the time and on time.  For days when extraordinary circumstances prevent you from completing your homework on the due date, you MUST text, call, or email me asap to explain reasons for your inability to pass in your homework on the due date AND THEN TELL ME the date you will most certainly complete your homework and turn it in to me.   #3ASK QUESTIONS – they are more important than answers!   All questions are important; there is no such thing as a dumb question.     #4.  say “THANK YOU” , always, when someone does something for you. Follow up ‘thank you‘ emails and hand written notes and cards help you build a great brand with people you network with!!    #5. PUSH OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE.   FOR EXAMPLE – Go on class field trips and introduce yourself to the successful people at the event. Ask for their business cards and give them yours!    ANOTHER EXAMPLE – Volunteer to be a class host-for-the-day by welcoming a class guest to our class and Hope High before the class starts THEN escort the guest into our classroom to introduce him or her to your classmates before the class starts. PUSH YOURSELF!!!!   #6.  Know MISTAKES are part of life and can present you with a great opportunity for learning something important that will make you a stronger and wiser person!   Don’t give up!!!!!  Keep working hard AND YOU WILL BE SUCCESSFUL.   #7NETWORK CONSTANTLY!”

“I look forward to reading your homework.   I also look forward to seeing you in ROOM 112 next Friday.”



Today’s Class: May 24, 2019

Arnell stands beside his super-hero car upon arriving at Hope High today. Upon leaving the building after class and approaching his car, Arnell simply said “START” and the car started.

Today’s guest was Claude Arnell Milhouse,

Founder of Inner City Geeks, Co-Founder and CTO of Common Connect App, and Co-Founder and CEO of CareerDevs Computer Science Academy.

Our Life Skills host who welcomed Arnell to the Life Skills class today was Kevin Torres.

Kevin Torres introduces Arnell to his classmates at the beginning of today’s class.

Selene Bun welcomes Arnell to class after Kevin Torres’ introduction.

Today’s Class: May 17, 2019

Today’s class featured Raymond Perez, a soon to be Syracuse University 2020 graduate,

a 2016 Hope High School graduate, and 2015 Hope Life Skills student who returned to the Life Skills class today to share with students his interesting perspective on making the most of yourlife after Hope’ opportunities.

Our Life Skills host today was Darwin Morales

who welcomed Raymond back to Hope High and introduced him to his Life Skills classmates.

Darwin (right) introduces Raymond Perez to his Life Skills classmates to start today’s class.  Great job, Darwin!

Kevin Castenada welcomes Raymond back to Hope High after Darwin’s introduction. A good indication how effective Kevin’s greeting was is the look on Raymond’s face.  Good job, Kevin.  Ms Nuri looks on proudly.

Raise your expectations of your students, Mr Cronin and Ms Nuri.  Please.  Demand more!  I was not prepared for college.   

Today’s Class: May 10, 2019

Today’s guest was an amazing, young, courageous, and very successful woman who shared her very personal and inspirational story with us.

Today’s host who welcomed her to our Hope Life Skills class was Isabella Caraballo.

Isabella welcomes Claudia Cardozo, entrepreneur, leadership consultant, and Community Banking Development Manager, to the Hope High Life Skills class.

Isabella introduces Claudia to her classmates to open today’s Life Skills class.

Kevin Torres welcomes Claudia to our class as other students wait to do the same.

Claudia begins to share her inspirational, personal story about her early life, emigration to the United States, and onto her present day, successful career.

Today’s Class: April 12, 2019

Today’s guest was Dr Roey Tzezana, an Israeli futurist and physicist,

Dr Roey sharing his vision of the future with our students.

co-founder and CEO of TeleBuddy – a robotics company, the author of “Guide to the Future” and “Rulers of the Future” and, recently, the featured presenter at Hope Life Skills’ annual FUTURE FORUM held each December at Hope High School.

Dr Roey shared his vision of

an artificial intelligence (AI) directed future.

From a

cure of aging and robot lifeguards (drones) to autonomous vehicle and robot pizza delivery,