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Since we launched the campaign in the spring, we have been proud to consistently produce content for our Spark Success Now Blog. We took time to curate some of our favorite posts from the past year into this year-end “Best of the Blog” list. Here’s part two:

10 West Michigan Perspectives on Preparing Your Kids for the Future (Sept. 28, 2021)

Our West Michigan region is filled with experts in the business, civic, and educational fields throughout Allegan, Kent, Muskegon, and Ottawa Counties. We asked for their thoughts on the future of careers in West Michigan and beyond. Read the full post.

How Do We Help Our Kids Define Success? (June 10, 2021)

Helping our kids define what success looks like is much different than it was decades ago. The reality is that the world has changed considerably in many ways that require us to rethink how we determine success. Read the full post. 

How Can You Ignite Purpose with Your Kids? (June 17, 2021)

We were interested in finding out how families can begin to ignite purpose in their kids. We went to one of the many experts who work in your local school districts and asked for some tips. Here’s our Q&A with former Allegan Tech Center school counselor Katelynn James. Read the full post. 

What Is Stacking & Why Your Kids Should Consider It (July 30, 2021)

In simple terms, the framework of “stacking” means building your future one step at a time. According to the Department of Labor, stackable credentials are “part of a sequence of credentials accumulated over time to build up an individual’s qualification to help them move along a career pathway or up a career ladder to potentially different and higher-paying jobs.” Read the full post. 

5 Ways to Explore Careers Today (June 17, 2021)

The best time to start exploring careers is today! There is no age requirement for helping your children get a taste of what might interest them in the future. After all, they will likely form several different interests along their pathway. Helping them determine what they don’t have an interest in is just as important as helping ignite their purpose. Read the full post.