Local Organization Teaches Students Life Skills


Preparing students for life after high school doesn’t always translate to traditional academics. On Friday, young men at Success Academy at Anderson practiced writing resumes, the art of tying a tie and other skills to prepare for their future careers.

The workshop was organized by a local group “Stop the Violence KC.” The group’s founder, Torrance Ray, brings his mentoring and life coaching services to various schools throughout the Kansas City area. On Friday, students learned how to properly apply for jobs, dress professionally and make smart decisions.

Success Academy Principal Robert Lee believes strongly in the importance of teaching his students these life skills.

“Our role is not only to educate our students academically but also to strengthen their social emotional well-being. We try to consistently hold programs every two weeks that meet those needs.” Lee said.

Principal Lee said the workshop had a positive impact on his students and gave them tools to build upon. Sophomore Bryant Cheadle believes he learned some important values from Mr. Ray.

“I learned how to make great decisions and to be responsible.” Cheadle said.

To learn more about Success Academy at Anderson, visit http://www.kcpublicschools.org/saa.