Local to lead teens in ‘7 Habits’ training | VailDaily.com

Local to lead teens in ‘7 Habits’ training

Scott N. Miller
Preston Utley/Vail DailyEagle Valley High School students exit the building after the final bell.

EAGLE-VAIL – A big part of Joanne Brooks’ job is trying to train people to be more effective. She trains effective people in her spare time, too.Brooks teaches classes based on Stephen Covey’s book, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” as part of her job at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel. As a youth minister, she’s also taught from a version of the book written by Covey’s son, Sean.”Kids today are faced with so much more than I was when I was a kid,” Brooks said. “This is a tool they can use to overcome a lot.” The “habits” can seem obsure. But Brooks tries to bring the habits into focus for both adults and teens. For instance, the first habit, “be proactive,” simply means people need to take responsibility for their lives.To help bring the habits closer to home for teens, Brooks uses experiences from her own life, as well as the lives of her grown daughters and the countless kids she’s met through both school and church.In fact it was at Vail Bible Church where the idea to teach local kids the seven habits was born.

Eric Peterson and Brooks are both Sunday school teachers at the church. The two were talking one day and Peterson, who has a kid in high school, asked if Brooks would teach a seven habits class. She quickly agreed.”We’re just trying to offer some help to kids,” Peterson said. “It’s a way to offer kids the opportunity to take advantage of what’s sometimes offered to adults and business people, the chance to get more organized in their lives.”And, while the classes – six Sunday sessions – will be held at Battle Mountain High School, Brooks said the sessions can be useful for younger teens, too.”We’d welcome kids as young as sixth graders,” she said. “It’s useful for just about anyone.”Staff Writer Scott N. Miller can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 613, or smiller@vaildaily.com.Vail Daily, Vail Colorado

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