Sportsmen’s Tennis and Enrichment Center: Being Your Best Self – Supporting Student Success

This post is part of a series about the workshop presentations delivered at the ACT Skills Summit.


Thuan Nguyen and Tia Lites facilitated a workshop on strategies used by Sportsmen’s Tennis and Enrichment Center on cultivating self-regulation, growth mindset, and efficacy.

The premise of the workshop was that the Thrive skills help youth to be the best they can be. Planning ahead, being leaders, and taking responsibility help young people see the path from where they are now to where they need to be to accomplish their goals.

Attendees first participated in an exercise: If someone looked you up in ten years, and all they could find was one hashtag, what would you want it to be, and why? This activity can help students visualize and articulate what their “best self” is, a good first step on the path to reaching that goal.

Thuan and Tia talked about each Thrive skill independently, suggesting approaches for each:

  • Self-regulation: Include youth in the decisions about their behavior.
  • Growth mindset: Encourage students, such as by writing them a note.
  • Efficacy: Cultivate a sense of responsibility, such as by having youth participate in designing a class contract.

Sportsmen’s Tennis also uses the story “One” by Kathryn Otoshi to cultivate a capacity for empathy, and road map and success planning handouts to help youth think about their long-term goals. The materials used at their workshop can be found here.