Participant Criteria

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OnCourse SOAR program leaders will discern each candidate’s qualifications through an application, interview, and pre-work process. The support of committed peers in the confidential small groups is a foundational component of the year-long program. As such, participants will be selected based on the following criteria:
  • An enthusiastic desire for and commitment to the process
    • Each participant must “want it.” We will only work with young adults who embrace the purpose of the work, and not those who feel “forced” to do the work or are doing it primarily to please their parents.
  • The proven capacity and discipline to stretch outside of their comfort zones and “do the work”
    • Desire to learn and change must be matched by the discipline to learn and change … as in weight loss and physical fitness. We will inspire, teach, encourage and challenge. We will neither cajole nor babysit.
  • The encouragement from immediate family members
    • Family members, especially parents, are engaged in the process.
  • Take full responsibility for his or her life
    • The mental capacity, mental health, and willingness of a participant to do self-exploration / self-discovery, and take full responsibility for his or her life.
  • Loy Teik Ngan and Chong Kweikee
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    Jim and Adam collaborated to launch a next-generation forum group composed of our three daughters and three young-adult relatives. This forum has given them the awareness, clarity, and maturity to build their own sense of self and explore their unique giftedness. I have seen them grow into confident, centered young adults. Our parent-with-young-adult relationships have deepened and we feel more connected than ever.

  • Loy Guang Wen
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    Adam, inspired me to explore my inner workings, affirm my desires, and to embrace who I am. I could always see the door, but Adam provided the guidance and motivation I needed to step through it.

  • Maurice Collada
    New York, NY

    Four years out of law school, I joined a peer support group led by Adam and Paul. Without the structure of school that I had known for so long, I found my approach to life more reactive than proactive, allowing certain aspects of my life to slip away. Although progressing forward in my professional and personal life, I felt a nagging sense of becoming unmoored. Within the structure of my forum, I learned to be intentional about where I focus my energy. After two years, I now have clarity around my sense of direction and purpose. My relationship with my wife, my family and my friends are also stronger because I am aware of and can openly communicate my needs and motivators. With the support and accountability of this group, I am confident that I will achieve a full life, well lived.

  • Freddy Daues
    Denver, CO

    When I was 22 years old I joined a peer support group led by Adam and Paul. I truly feel lucky that I have had exposure to this unique dynamic. In an open environment with absolute trust, I have had the opportunity to be myself, speak my mind, learn from others that I respect, and get useful feedback on different aspects of my life. I can wholeheartedly claim that with support of this group I am taking full advantage of my life, living out my definition of success, comfortable with who I am, and confident in my path.

  • Chandra McClelland
    New York, NY

    I first connected with Jim and Peter in my mid-twenties while juggling work, grad school, and living in New York—close to burnout and not quite sure how to let go of some outgrown relationships. I learned the tools to find my balance, take a step back from drama-prone relationships, establish authentic footing at work, and regain my drive.

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