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 Homework: January 3, 2019

Please let me know if you will commit to going on the following field trips.  Please send me an email stating your answer as either  “YES”, you will go, OR “NO”, you will not be able to go by Thursday, January 9th-  Thank you.

1) April 9th; Thursday –  a trip to Southern New Hampshire University.   They have some interesting, 21st century majors at this school (cyber security, robotics, engineering, 3D modeling and animation, finance, nursing, sports management, web design, unmanned aerial systems, sociology, graphic design, psychology, data analytics, international business, entrepreneurship, etc), and impressive support services for students.  The Director of Development is a personal friend who has been supporting our Life Skills program for over 10 years, Ed Ithier.   Departure time –  8am –  Return time –  5pm  There will be a tour of the campus.  Students will have lunch on campus.

  • Ed Ithier will have student and faculty members from the school’s diversity office and Learning center part of this event.      
  • SNHU students will speak about – 
    • their transition from their high schools to SNHU
    • time management – why time management skills are critical to success in college and life
    • what it’s like going to a college in the city of Manchester, New Hampshire, 2 1/2 hours from Providence
    • SNHU’s heralded student internship program
    • what are the biggest challenges and greatest advantages going to this university
    • what is the cost and how do you pay for this quality education
    • support services on campus that ensure students will be successful, i.e. graduate with a meaningful major and get a good paying job right out of college.
  • SNHU faculty will speak about –
    • expectations –  
      • what do professors expect from their students
      • what should students expect from their professors
      • how much reading should students expect
      • how much writing should students expect
      • what advice professors have for incoming students to SNHU
      • what is the ideal student/professor relationship for student success

PLEASE ALSO LET ME KNOW IF YOU HAVE AN INTEREST IN SPECIFIC COURSES OR MAJORS OR EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES; FOR EXAMPLE, MARKETING, SOCCER, ROBOTICS, ETC.  I will ask Ed Ithier if he can ask a student or faculty member in your area of interest to meet with you.

David Narvaez (red pull over) speaking with Ed Ithier (left) at a Hope Life Skills class last year.


2) March 27th –  Hope Life Skills Annual CVS Health Jobs and Career Day at the CVS Health corporate campus in Woonsocket, RI.   Departure time –  8:15am  – Return time –  2pm

Corporate executives will speak about the culture of this $220 BILLION dollar company;  what employees can expect from CVS Health and what the company expects from their employees.

Each student will pick from an assortment of jobs at this company they have an interest in.  For instance, cosmetics, pharmacist, graphic design, store management, digital services, marketing (collection and analysis of customer data that determines the coupons a customer gets when they buy something at a store, what specific store shelf a product is placed, what products are sold in individual stores because the same products you find in St Paul, Minnesota, may not be the same products you find in a CVS store in Miami, etc) logistics (i.e. getting products delivered from the factory the product is made to the warehouse the product is stored to the store in a specific city the product is sold).  Students will then break out into small groups to speak with a CVS employee working in a job each student has expressed an interest in. 

Lunch and networking with CVS employees ( conversations and business card exchanges).

Hope Life Skills students meeting with CVS Marketing Analytic specialists during the CVS JOBS and CAREER day at the CVS Health campus in Woonsocket, RI.   Topic for this meeting focused on a career in marketing analytics and the value of these skills in the 21st century job market.

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.

FUTURE FORUM #4: December 12, 2019

FUTURE FORUM #4 – a collaboration among a diverse group of caring corporate futurists and exceptional Rhode Island high school students looking to solve a chronic, societal problem while enjoying each other’s company topped off by some great food.   From left to right above, Sarah Cunningham (Rocky Hill Country Day), Nehemias Rojas (Hope High School), and Donghoon Ryu (LaSalle Academy) network during the day’s lunch.


Hope High School hosted its 4th annual FUTURE FORUM on Thursday, December 12th, 2019.

FUTURE FORUM 4’s topic of conversation was ‘public education’, specifically, Providence, Rhode Island, public education.

25 corporate ‘futurists’ from companies and institutions like DataRobot, Bank of America, Working Planet, Gilbane Construction Company, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Revival Brewery, Barclays Investment Bank, Alex & Ani, NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Brown University and CVS Health joined students from Hope High School’s Life Skills program as well as students from Rocky Hill Country Day, LaSalle Academy, St Raphael’s Academy, and Juanita Sanchz High School at this year’s event.  Corporate futurists facilitated collaborations among small, diverse groups of students from the participating schools to create specific, near term improvements to the quality of education in the city’s public schools.

Arnell Milhouse, Inventor, CEO of Career Devs University, and Entrepreneur in Residence at Brown University’s Nelson Center and featured in the photo above on a hover board, was FUTURE FORUM #4’s keynote speaker

The FORUM’s keynote speaker was Arnell Milhouse,

Inventor, Co-Founder and CEO of Computer Science CareerDevs University, and Entrepreneur in Residence at Brown University’s Nelson Center.   Mr Millhouse began the FORUM leading a design thinking presentation that students used in their FORUM workshops to identify ways to address the critical needs of Providence students in the urban schools.

Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza opened the FORUM

sharing his inspirational personal story of challenges and success.

Mayor Jorge Elorza gave an opening address to start FUTURE FORUM #4

Providence Public Education has been an issue of concern in Rhode Island for decades” states Steve Cronin, the Hope Life Skills and FUTURE FORUM coordinator.  “The FORUM provided an interesting dynamic for Providence Public School students to collaborate with private school students, facilitated by successful professionals from a variety of industries, and create potential, measurable, near term improvements in their public education in Providence, Rhode Island.  It’s an opportunity for Providence’s public school customers, the students, and people in their personal networks, to create solutions to improve their public education.  It was very interesting  to hear what the customers, the students, had to say.

John Sinnott, a Vice President Gilbane Building Company, and noted graphic designer, Nick DeCesare, (Signature Printing Creative Director and Owner of Third Effect Marketing and Design) facilitate a collaboration among students from LaSalle Academy, Hope High, St Raphael Academy, and Juanita Sanchez High School to identify improvements to Hope High School education which could be implemented on January 1st, 2020

Today’s Homework: December 6, 2019

1. Prepare for FUTURE FORUM #4, this Thursday, December 12, 2019  by reading the Johns Hopkins University review summary of the Providence Public School system Mr Cronin distributed in class today.  Every corporate guest and visiting student from LaSalle, St Raphael, Rocky Hill Country Day, Central, and Juanita Sanchez has been given the same summary to read.

2.  Be prepared to explain to the FORUM visitors the Hope Life Skills formulas for lifetime success.

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 Homework: November 22, 2019

  1.  Please answer the 9 questions following the story in today’s homework handout pictured below.  Please note THERE ARE NO ‘RIGHT’ ANSWERS.  This survey is simply soliciting your perspectives, your opinions, on the subject.    Please send your answers to my email address before midnight, Wednesday, November 27.

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.