Giving KASH...The Emergence of the Coffee Bean
CHARACTER MATTERS … That’s it.
In today’s world the most valuable tool we can provide disadvantaged young people is teaching non-cognitive skills that determine character.
Our Giving KASH program focuses on building a foundation of learning based on character traits such as patience, persistence, self-discipline, positivity, attendance, work habits, time management, and problem-solving skills that help children successfully manage academic and social demands.
These character strengths define the core of “Outcome based decision making” to improve ability to:
- Follow instructions
- Think critically
- Become accountable for actions
- Delay immediate gratification for future rewards
- Give back and make a difference
The Foundation of Character
Without mentoring or parental guidance, children from low-income families and inner cities may never have the opportunity to develop non-cognitive skills that build character. Studies show:
- The key differentiator for success is not class, race or poverty but it is poor non-cognitive skill or poor character development. The beauty is that these skills are teachable and not innate.
- Schools and other youth programs do not currently spend the necessary amount of time teaching non-cognitive skills due to time and strict curriculum restraints.
- These skills make an impact on academic, social and workforce success on all youth regardless of age.
Are You a Coffee Bean?
KASH stands for Knowledge, Attitude, Skills, and Habits. Giving KASH is the motivational way we approach developing character traits in our youth. Changing habits takes buy-in and the Coffee Bean (from the carrot, the egg, and the coffee bean story) represents program buy-in, replication, and self accountability.
Kids not only decide they want to become a Coffee Bean, but they are also inspired to do the work it takes to acquire the character values of the Coffee Bean. Living by the prerequisites needed to become a Coffee Bean helps them achieve what they want to achieve.
It is based on the Success Principle of Jack Canfield (Event + Response = Outcome) which teaches youth how to manage failure without quitting.
Take a look at our gallery of KASH in action