Today’s Class: February 21, 2020

Johnny Montanez sharing his success story with today’s Hope High Life Skills students.

Today’s guest was Johnny Montanez,

former Hope Life Skills student, 2010 Hope High graduate, and presently the CEO of Coin Theory Media Group, a United States based multimedia production company, specializes in producing Cinematic Commercial Content for business owners across the North American region including Canada and Mexico.

Today’s host was Elliott Burrell,

aspiring music and film producer.

Elliott Burrell (red sweatshirt) welcomes Johnny Montanez back to Hope High School and the Life Skills class prior to the beginning of today’s class.

Elliott introduces Johnny to his classmates to begin today’s class.

Following Elliott’s introduction, Innocent Byiringiro leads the procession of students introducing themselves and welcoming Johnny back to Hope Life Skills.

Johnny begins his story from his Providence Washington Park neighborhood to his personal brand building journey and networking of hip hop stars, film producers, fashion designers, entrepreneurs, millionaire business people, and DOCTORS.

We cannot let where we come from define who we can be! 

Today’s Class: January 31, 2019

Our guests today were Ellisa Cox and Omi Hopper.  Both women are employed by Sephora,

a French international chain of personal care and beauty stores featuring nearly 300 brands of makeup products.  Sephora offers beauty products including cosmetics, skin care, body fragrance, nail color and haircare.  The company was founded in France in 1969 with its present headquarters in the French city of Paris.

Both women also have personal investments in other activities. 

Besides being a Manager at Sephora, Omi has her own makeup company called Bellisima (Facebook & Instagram: BellisimaMUA).   Ellisa is presently a senior at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).

Today’s host was Hope High School’s own makeup artist extraordinaire, Lydia Watkins.

Lydia Watkins (left) welcomes Omi (center) and Ellisa to the Hope LIfe Skills class prior to the start of today’s class.

Lydia introduces Omi and Ellisa to her classmates at the beginning of today’s class.

Following Lydia’s introductions, students welcome Omi and Elissa to Hope High and the Hope Life Skills class.  Jarlene Carona leads the way by greeting Omi while Kately Taverez welcomes Ellisa in the foreground.

Omi and Ellisa begin to share their personal stories of stepping out of their comfort zone to pursue what they’re passionate about, developing and using their personal brands to build networks of successful people which helped both women create career opportunities.  Omi and Ellisa also shared their aspirations for their future.

The Days’ Classes: January 17 & 24, 2019

The past two classes have focused on writing a great resume.

We often speak about in the Hope Life Skills program

the importance of storytelling.  

Job interviews, networking events, and pushing out of our comfort zone to meet new people are just a few examples of opportunities for sharing our personal stories with others to create opportunities for success.   A resume is another example of an opportunity to tell one’s story for

creating opportunities for personal success.

Ms Nuri observes members of the Hope Life Skills class creating their resumes within the friendly confines Mr Cliff Boyle’s computer lab.

Mr Boyle advises Lydia Watson on formatting her resume.

Mr Cronin and Lydia review Lydia’s completed resume. Lydia then sent a pdf of her resume to the corporate offices of CVS Health for her upcoming interview for a paid summer internship at this $200 billion dollar, international company.  Lydia is interested in an internship working in the E-Commerce of Beauty/Cosmetics products.   Sounds interesting. Best wishes for success to Lydia.

Today’s Class: January 10, 2019

Today’s guest was Raymond Perez,

Hope High School and Hope Life Skills graduate and Syracuse University senior.

Today’s Life Skills class host was Juan Severino.

Juan Severino (left) welcomes Raymond back to Hope High School before the start of today’s class.

Juan introduces Raymond to his classmates to start today’s class.

Following Juan’s introduction, students individually introduce themselves and welcome Raymond to the Life Skills class. Omarya Corporan starts the process.

Raymond begins to share his personal story with the students.  He spoke about how he dealt with his family setbacks in high school, how he applied for scholarships that ended paying for most of his tuition and room and board costs in college, his networking in a predominantly Caucasian university, his experience as the manager of the Syracuse University women’s basketball team, the college courses he’s taking in data analytics, his present plan to go to graduate school, and his plan to be a successful, well paid professional.

“I’ve learned a few lessons since my days at Hope High. 

One of the most important lessons I’ve learned is ‘NO EXCUSES’! 

Today’s Class: January 3, 2020

Today’s guest was

Abby Almonte. 

a business marketing and analytics major at Loyola University in Baltimore, Maryland.

 

Today’s Hope Life Skills host who welcomed Abby to Hope High School and the Hope Life Skills class was

Mariely Brito Leonardo.

Abby (left) and Mariely prior to the beginning of today’s class.

Mariely introduces Abby to her classmates to start today’s class.

Nehemias Rojas welcomes Abby to Hope Life Skills following Mariely’s introduction as other students wait to do the same.

Lydia Watkins greets Abby to the Hope Life Skills class which eventually led to Abby offering to connect Lydia with a CVS Health executive in her network overseeing cosmetic purchasing at the company. Lydia told Abby about her passion for cosmetics and make up.

Today’s Class: December 20, 2019

Today’s guest was former Hope Life Skills student, Hope High 2010 graduate, Georgetown University graduate, and present student in Columbia University’s graduate program in International Relations,

Marta Aparicio.

Today’s Life Skills class HOST, Ambar Tavaras (left), welcomes Marta Aparcio (right) to Hope High School prior to today’s class.

Marta began today’s class sharing her amazing story,

from her birth in Guatemala, meeting her parents for the first time in the United States when she was 11 years old, living on her own as a senior at Hope High working 30 hours a week to support herself all the while fighting personal doubt and persevering through an assortment of challenges, attending Georgetown University on a full scholarship, to being accepted to Columbia University’s esteemed graduate program on International Studies and receiving a significant fellowship

Ambar introduces Marta to her classmates to start today’s class.

Students welcome Marta to Hope Life Skills following Ambar’s introduction.

Today’s Class: December 6, 2019

Today’s class focused on anticipating the opportunities and responsibilities of this Thursday’s  FUTURE FORUM # 4 and developing a strategy and the tactics to address each.  This year’s FORUM will welcome 25 corporate futurists from companies and institutions like DataRobot, Working Planet, Bank of America, Barclays Investment Bank, HarborOne Bank, Brown University, Telebuddy, Alex & Ani, Harvard Pilgrim Health, CarePort Health, Signature Printing, and Gilbane Building Company.  Besides our Hope Life Skills class, 30 students from the following schools will also be in attendance:   LaSalle Academy, Rocky Hill Country Day School, St Raphael’s Academy, Central High School, and Juanita Sanchez High School.

Mr Cronin informs students what to expect at FUTURE FORUM #4.

Strategy and Tactics:

The following students will welcome each guest to Hope High School and FUTURE FORUM #4 in the lobby of Hope High beginning at 8:30am:

Today’s Class: November 22, 2019

Today’s class focused on Paid Summer Internship opportunities.

Edwin Silverio, a senior manager overseeing Pharmacy Returns at $200 (billion) CVS Health, Ted Mower, a senior consultant at CVS Health focusing on workforce initiatives (training and talent development), and Yael Torres, Hope Life Skills and Hope High School graduate and present member of the CVS Health Digital team, visited the Life Skills class to explain the application process for summer internships and the many opportunities afforded to Hope Life Skills students.

Josiah Diaz (far left in photo) introduces himself to Yael Torres and explains he will escort Yael into the Life Skills classroom and introduce him to his classmates to start today’s Life Skills class. Omayra Corporan (far right) follows the same process as she introduces herself and welcomes Ted Mower to Hope High.

Mariely Brito Leonardo (far right in photo) is the Life Skills host for today as she welcomes Edwin Silverio to Hope High and informs Edwin she will introduce him to her classmates at the start of today’s class.

At the same time as Mariely, Omayra, and Josiah were welcoming the CVS Health guests, Marques Jett-Correia welcomes a new student to the Life Skills class, Alexander Rodriguez, and informs Alexander he would also be introducing him to the Life Skills class at the beginning of today’s class.

Josiah begins today’s class by introducing Yael to his classmates as Marques, Omayra, and Mariely wait to do the same with Alexander, Ted, and Edwin.

Today’s Class: November 15, 2019

Today’s class was a lesson on the importance and value of asking questions.

Francisco answering Lydia Watkins’ question.

Unlike most classes, our students were not told anything about the job of our guest when today’s class host, Omayra Corporan, introduced him to her classmates to start the class.   ” I can only tell you our guest’s name is Francisco and he was born in Venezuela.”

Omayra Corporan welcomes Francisco to the Hope Life Skills class before the start of the class outside the classroom.

Omayra Corporan introduces Francisco to her classmates to start today’s class.

Elliott Burrell introduces himself and welcomes Francisco to today’s Hope’s Life Skills class following Omayra’s introduction.

The students were then instructed to ask any question to Francisco to figure out his job.

However, the only answer Francisco was allowed to give was “yes” or “no“.

Today’s Class: Field Trip LaSalle Academy

Today’s Hope Life Skills class was a visit to LaSalle Academy for  a presentation and networking opportunity.

Hope High Life Skills outside the main entrance of LaSalle Academy on Academy Avenue in Providence.

 

Mr Cronin began the day by presenting his perspective on the power of ‘Personal Brand’ and its impact on building personal networks of successful, reputable people for lifetime success to a class of Hope High AND LaSalle Academy students.

Following the presentation, LaSalle students hosted a luncheon where Hope and LaSalle students networked among themselves and, in the process, expanded their individual networks with new acquaintances of successful, aspirational contemporaries.