Welcome back to a year full of possibilities.

Which actions will you choose?

Get It Done! teensStudents Seek opportunities that help connect your schoolwork to your future self!

Parents – Enjoy the ride:-)   Offering space to explore with opportunities to choose are key!

Educators and Adult Mentors “We know what we know”, right?  When we do not have information (or time), we secure resources to support our families.  Choose PATHworks!™ for presentations, encouragement and professional development!  Test Prep,  Academic Decision-making,  Engaging Unique Students.  We have what you are looking for!  Stay in touch – 330-861-4973 or patricia@pathworksohio.com!


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We want young people to CONFIDENTLY AND ACTIVELY GROW THEIR FUTURE….and have the tools and supports to make it happen.

The PATHworks!™ family looks forward to working with you this school year!
Ms. Patricia


PATHtips™ February 2015

appealThoughts on Mentoring Series – Part 2

Truth in Labeling

When we engage authentically with another, we come into the mentoring relationship consciously being ourselves.  This consciousness must be deliberate, otherwise our  ideas may inhibit the growth of the truer nature of the person we seek to encourage – even invalidating or alienating them from the resources we seek to offer.  The AUTHENTIC characteristic of effective mentoring began our series discussion.  This month, let us consider how we define mentoring.  How are our labels impacting our effectiveness?  What do we mean by TRUTH IN LABELING?  (… read more about effective mentoring)

PATHtips!™ January 2015

adult_groupHappy Mentoring Month!

Thoughts on Mentoring Series – Part 1

Mentors can open doors, support existing circumstances and bring external assets to a youth (or peer) to help bring out the best in the person.  Mentoring is described as many things and comes in all shapes, sizes and textures.  Overall, mentoring can provide a vehicle for the transmission of values, tools, information and support.

Thoughts on Mentoring Series will consider what constitutes effective mentoring, what “doing it” correctly means, and what makes the relationship sustainable.

Let’s begin our conversation with authentic relationship ….  A rose is still a rose (…read more).

Talking Effectively with Teens

Have you ever wondered how teens “know everything” but “do not listen”.  I sure do.  Where did all of that “knowing everything” come from? I have tried to understand this over and over again. Begin telling a teen how to do something or respond to a need that you see and what happens? For some adults, teens suck their teeth, roll the eyes, have a snappy remark or maybe even walk away. For other adults, teens will listen with rapt attention – savoring every word and every movement. Young people model what they consistently see and experience.

Remember when you were a teen? A school ager? The adults around you were so old. The wise ones were consistent and you respected them; even when they gave you the “look”. The “out there” adults were cool to hang out with, but you had better have your own back – you could not really trust what they were going to actually do in all situations. Then you had the “know it alls” who were always trying to “run” your life – sometimes not having their own leg to stand on. How did you respond to them? How do youth respond to you? Which “they” have we become?

Hope RelationshipI have found the best way to build a mutually respectful relationship with young people is to model what I expect – sincerity,  forgiveness, tenacity, consistency, applicable information, love.  That has helped me to lay the groundwork for effectively talking with teens where I learn just as much from them as they, I hope, learn from me.

In Service,

Ms. P