DELIVERING CLARITY AND WELNNESS IN EDUCATION AND BUSINESS through professional development, program design and direct service.

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Strengths-based practice

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Our Mission

Our mission is to improve student and employee outcomes by supporting institutions with professional development, program design, wellness services and consulting, all delivered through a

strengths-based perspective.

“This is a new and fresh approach to shifting school culture that produces effective outcomes when we see the gifts in our kids and staff first.”

—Trinika Barnett, Equity Coordinator, Lynwood Unified School District

Strengths-Based Practice for Education

At the core of our work is strengths-based practice. SBP is a set of techniques and a mind frame which delivers consistent positive outcomes with students in individual situations and generally improves campus climate.

Strengths-Based Practice for Business

The key to a thriving work culture is igniting the intrinsic motivation of your employees and providing the training, tools and resources necessary for them to flourish. Managing and leading from a strengths-based practice delivers that type of work environment on a consistent and predictable basis.

“The day after Ara's presentation, I met a student who was involuntarily transferred to my school and was very frustrated with his transfer. I could tell his walls were up. He was ready for more disapproving comments from adults. Instead, I applied what I learned from Ara's presentation. Immediately, the student's walls came down. He disclosed his entire situation and we spent several minutes talking, getting to know each other. His mother came in and was surprised to see him opening up to me. I continue applying strengths-based practices each day to build strong and genuine relationships with my students.”

—Nicole Hernandez, Counselor, Hoover High School

Dr. Ara Arzumanian

With over 20 years of experience in education, youth work, college access, mentoring and after school programming, Dr. Arzumanian brings a wealth of experience and research in clarifying problems and delivering solutions. Some of his career highlights include:

  • Under his leadership the USC College Advising Corps has directly assisted over 70,000 students to enroll in college.
  • As Vice President of Programs for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles he oversaw several programs and managed mentoring for over 1,500 matches.
  • At BBBSGLA he developed a new corporate partnership model with Union Bank winning the National Rising Star Award.
  • Published The Male College Graduation Crisis and What Institutions of Higher Education Are Doing About It.
  • Earned his doctorate in Education from USC.

  • Earned the USC Rossier School of Education Staff Recognition Award “for creating a culture of community.”
  • Was a fellow of the Los Angeles Scholars Investment Fund Young Men of Color 2019,
  • Was awarded USC’s Order of Arete medal for “excellence in leadership and community service."
  • As the director of GenNext Mentorship Program, Ara assembled the team that grew the program five times in size and increased its services to students with the award of a prestigious US Department of Education Grant.
  • Has directly written or collaborated in writing grants totaling several millions.
  • Has directly sealed service agreements totaling several millions.
  • Chair of the Glendale Healthy Start Collaborative
  • Member of the Glendale Unified School District’s Student Attendance Review Board
  • Member of the violence prevention committees of five schools.
  • Member of the 3-person team that developed the City of Glendale's Youth Outreach Program from the ground up, providing intensive case management to 1,800+ students facing high risk factors.
  • Due to his experience and expertise in the field of youth development, he has been invited to guest lecture at USC, UCLA, CSUN and CSULA and various conferences on youth development and challenges facing America’s youth.
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