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GPS for Success: Exploring the 5 Principles of This Key Character & Leadership Development Track

At Randolph-Macon Academy, we understand the importance of preparing our students for academic success and life beyond the classroom. We are proud to introduce the GPS for Success program, a key component of our Character and Leadership Development curriculum designed to equip our young leaders with the tools to navigate their future confidently despite common distractions and negative influences. 

Keep reading to discover how this unique prevention program works and its five core principles. 

What is GPS for Success?

GPS for Success is a prevention-based program making waves in schools and communities nationwide. Created by the My Life My Power Institute, this innovative initiative focuses on Social Emotional Intelligence, shifting the conversation away from negative influences and towards a more positive and proactive approach to life.

The program caters to students in grades 1-12 and is designed to be flexible and customizable to fit the needs of each educational setting. Rather than focus only on the harm of substance use, At R-MA, GPS for Success inspires students to be their best selves through five core principles. Let’s explore them in detail.

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Our Character And Leadership program’s GPS for Success is a unique prevention program.

The Five Core Principles of GPS for Success in the Character and Leadership Program

At the heart of the GPS for Success track of the character and leadership program at R-MA are five core principles that serve as the foundation for our student’s personal and leadership development. They include: 

  • Vision: The first step toward success is encouraging our students to envision their future. By developing a clear vision, they can set meaningful goals and stay focused on their aspirations.
  • Mission: Understanding their mission in life helps our students align their actions with their values and purpose. This principle emphasizes the importance of having a sense of direction and intention in all endeavors.
  • Purpose: Instilling a sense of purpose in our character and leadership program drives them to pursue their goals with passion and determination. It’s about understanding the ‘why’ behind their actions and staying motivated to face challenges.
  • Team: Success is only achieved with support. The Team principle highlights the value of collaboration, support, and mutual respect among peers. Our students learn the importance of working together towards a common goal and the strength that comes from unity.
  • Commitment: Last but certainly not least, commitment is the glue that holds all other principles together. It’s about dedication, persistence, and the willingness to persevere through obstacles. 

Our students are taught to stay committed to their vision, mission, purpose, and team,  no matter what.

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The core principles above contribute to college readiness success.

Empowering Our Students With Character and Leadership Skills for a Bright Future

Through the GPS for Success program, we aim to inspire our students to make positive and proactive choices in life that align with their overall vision – a key aspect of college readiness success. We are committed to nurturing the next generation of leaders equipped to navigate the complex world with confidence and integrity by focusing on experiential training that inspires adults and an evidence-based prevention program that empowers youth. 

At Randolph-Macon Academy, we believe in every student’s potential. We are dedicated to providing them with the tools, guidance, and support they need to achieve their highest aspirations. The GPS for Success program is one of the many ways we fulfill this commitment, ensuring our students are prepared for success in all aspects of their lives.

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