We are pleased to introduce Fit Out, an innovative program designed to increase teenage performance while decreasing risk behaviors. Historically, a teen’s challenge has been to “fit in," and life is believed to be good for those who do, and very difficult for those who don’t. Yet the study of elite achievers reveals that they garnered success from being different, abnormal, and anything but average. In other words, they Fit Out.
The Fit Out program is designed to promote the phenomenon of elite achievement, and to increase the number of students who rise to high-performance levels. The program design includes emphasis and training in confidence, motivation, preparation, and resilience. One of the main reasons why teens seek to fit in is that there is safety in numbers. To Fit Out requires the strength of character and self-esteem to withstand the risks associated with being ahead of the normal curve, and the will power to stay there. Along with the focus and training for such positive traits, the program also integrates lessons on the increasingly common and dangerous behaviors of alcohol & drug use, bullying, and low self-image. Students are offered a new and inviting perspective on achievement, competition, and their own personal strength and wellness.
I) On-Site school presentation
This student body assembly is designed to introduce the concept of Fit Out, describe certain norms associated with teenage life, and promote the opportunity to separate from average and strive for excellence. Led by Dr. Mark Stonkus, who holds degrees from three graduate schools of education and consults internationally, the presentation combines current adolescent trends with theoretical and practical applications of performance training.
II) Appointment of “Stand-Out” student representatives
Following the school presentation, students will be offered the opportunity to represent their respective classes and schools as Fit Out “Stand-Outs." Selection will depend on school size, recommendations from school personnel, and willingness to adhere to the Fit Out code of conduct.
III) Integration of Fit Out curriculum throughout school year
Stand-Out reps will be responsible for surveying peers on behavioral norms, holding monthly Fit Out meetings in which a theme of the month will be introduced, and strategically integrating the Fit Out curriculum into student activities. Monthly “Shout-Outs” will be awarded to those students who best display the virtues of Fit Out in various areas of student achievement.