Curiosity in children fades away too quickly. It needs to be kept alive into adulthood.
Providing students with unique opportunities to learn, experiences to shape their future goals, and tools to use on their path to success are only part of what we need to give to students. We also need to teach them how to be bold enough and brave enough to reach out and grab an opportunity when it comes along. So many students like to stay in their own comfort zone or fear the consequences of failure that they let opportunities go by, opting instead to play it safe. Teaching students that learning and growing involves taking risks is a key to Chance to Soar’s philosophy.
Andra Barton, co-founder of Chance to Soar, stumbled upon a children’s book titled What Do You Do with a Chance? by Kobi Yamada that speaks so sweetly to the idea and it ended up inspiring the name of the organization. It is the story of little boy who notices a “chance” come into his life. He reaches out to grab it but stumbles. Feeling embarrassed, he becomes more hesitant as other chances come along. As he watches his chances come and go, he notices that they become fewer and fewer, so he decides that the next time a chance comes along he will find the bravery needed to reach out and grab it. The chance that comes for him next is a big one, he reaches out, grabs on and sets off on a magical journey. He says, “It felt so good to soar, to fly, to be free!” The author does such a great job of leaving the “chance” as an undefined thing—it could be anything. That is the spirit that we want to pass on to students of all ages-you never know where an opportunity will lead, but it will only lead somewhere if you are brave enough to take the journey and find out. The world is full of limitless possibilities for those who are willing to take a chance and discover them.
These quotes from the book capture our own thoughts perfectly:
“What do chances become? New friendships, exciting opportunities, and daring discoveries. Chances are invitations to grand adventures, tickets to unforgettable experiences, and doors to whole new worlds. Chances help you see who you are, what you want, and where you want to go. So what will you do with your chance? Now that’s up to you.”
"What do you do with a chance? Especially one that seems too big or too wild or just out of reach? Do you hold back? Do you act like you don’t care? Do you let it slip away? ... a little courage makes all the difference in the world. This is a story for anyone, at any age, who has ever wanted something but was afraid of risking too much to get it. It’s a story to inspire you to embrace the chances that come into your life. Because you never know when a chance, once taken, might be the one to change everything.”