Program Overview

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Program Duration: 12 months

Preparatory Assignments (1 month prior to program start):

  • Once OnCourse SOAR candidates are accepted into the program they are required to complete a series of preparatory assignments.  The purpose of these assignments is to initiate a self-reflective energy, to provide the OnCourse SOAR resources with crucial information about the participant, and to assess participants’ full commitment to the program. The pre-work yields a draft version of each participant’s individualized objectives. The assessments, surveys, and interviews provide a snapshot of the participants’:
    • Life story
    • Personality
    • Values
    • Intrinsic strengths and gaps
    • Areas of life that are working or not working for them

Multi-Day Experiential Retreats (Month 1, 6, & 12):

  • Initial Retreat (3 days)
    • Establish a foundation for self-discovery and personal exploration
    • Refine (from the pre-work) each participant’s unique growth areas
    • Peer group formation and launch; sharing of backgrounds, current life situation, and aspirations; first stage accountability within the small groups
    • Draft an initial plan for addressing the growth areas with explicit target dates
    • Mentor-protégé connection with 1-on-1 OnCourse SOAR young-adult guides
  • Mid-Point Retreat (3 days)
    • Take stock of current reality; make course corrections or set new destinations as needed
    • Next-level peer group sharing, tuning, strengthening, and accountability
    • Topical self-discovery exercises and core life-skills teachings
    • Intentional and tailored 1-on-1 interaction with OnCourse SOAR guides
  • Celebration and Rite of Passage Retreat (3 days)

    Participants’ parents are invited to the celebration retreat to honor the young adults’ yearlong accomplishments. Young adult participants will also have an opportunity to integrate their parents into the process and share learnings from their experience.
    • Life Plan refinement and commitment to full ownership
    • Official peer group closure with options for ongoing participation
    • Parent/young-adult facilitated encounters to clear any lingering parent-to-young-adult issues
    • The commitment (or breakthrough) to an enduring parent-to-young-adult relationship
    • The honoring and blessing of participants by guides and parents

Ongoing Support (throughout the 12 months):

  • 1-on-1 Coaching
    • Monthly, 1-on-1, video-conference coaching calls with OnCourse SOAR guide
    • Review and update customized program curricula
    • Ongoing Life Plan creation, refinement, tracking and accountability
    • Anytime access to any OnCourse SOAR resource (faculty member or guide) for support in addressing any life issue
  • Peer Support Group
    • Small group structure, modeled after Young Presidents’ Organization Forums
    • No more than eight participants per group
    • Meet monthly in a confidential session via video conference
    • All meetings are professionally-facilitated by OnCourse SOAR guides
    • A safe place for sharing, emoting, exploring … feedback, motivation, and guidance
  • Topical Life Skills Trainings
    • Video-conference-based forums and teachings by world-class experts
      • Participants have the opportunity to speak to each expert live during the group discussion. Each topical life skill training session is recorded to be viewed at the participant’s convenience  
    • All teachings are open to every participant, however, SOAR guides will recommend particular trainings based on each participant’s needs
  • Topical areas include, but are not limited to:
    • Discovering and living out your next-stage-of-life purpose
    • Constructing and implementing a plan, knowing when to stay the course and when to change direction
    • Money; earning, saving, investing, managing, giving; the role of money in your life
    • The job of finding a job
    • How to connect naturally and authentically with others
    • Effective communication and active listening
    • Emotional literacy: understanding the primary emotions; a healthy acceptance of our own and others’ emotions
    • Dealing with conflict; having direct conversations
    • The art of negotiation and persuasion; getting what you want when you don’t have control or authority
    • Drama-free living; creating and maintaining healthy relationships; managing transactional relationships; handling or ending toxic relationships
    • Building and leveraging your network
    • Understanding and managing different personalities
    • Asking for what you want and making clean agreements
    • Time management
    • How to maintain discipline and hold boundaries
    • Understanding and managing the three desires that are the source of all suffering
    • Relationships, intimacy, and sexuality
    • Specific skills for participants in long-standing or marriage relationships
    • Holistic practices; self-reflection and solitude practices
    • How to lead with confidence and follow with grace
    • How to form and lead a confidential, intimate small group
  • 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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