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Competencies without a Classroom - Episode 12 - Recap

S1 E12: Janelle Hinds - Helping Hands - Active Listening
Griffin Jaeger
December 2, 2020

Ever wondered what it would be like to get a taste of your dream job before you enter the field?

In Ontario, Canada, all high school students must complete 40 hours of community service in order to graduate. Volunteering provides the perfect opportunity to reach out to a field you are passionate about and test the waters. It's all about discovery, exploration, and building confidence.

If you’re struggling to find these opportunities, this week’s guest has put together the perfect solution.

Meet Janelle Hinds, entrepreneur, renowned public speaker, and equity, diversity, and inclusion consultant. Janelle is also the founder of Helping Hands, a youth-led organization that focuses on helping young people navigate the system and figure out where to volunteer to develop new skills and discover new fields.

If you’re unsure what field may be right for you, Helping Hands seeks to help people realize their passions through conversation. These experiences will open doors for you and put you in positions that push you to grow, expand your bubble, and figure out what it is you need to improve on.

In this episode, we chat about topics like:

  • The value of experiential education and volunteering
  • The importance of active listening and empathy, and how they're intertwined
  • Getting rid of bad habits
  • How to showcase a genuine passion
  • The importance of building confidence

How are you practicing active listening in YOUR classroom?

Let us know by continuing the conversation on Twitter and using the hashtag #CompetenciesPodcast.

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