TFL Students Tour Local Tech Companies

 

We toured two local companies; InfoWest and MetaShield.

InfoWest is a pretty sweet company, the atmosphere there was friendly and relaxed.

We got to see their help desk room as well as their server room.

Anyone with a background in Information Technology would agree that they feel at home when entering their help desk room.

MetaShield is a company that creates advanced coatings for materials like glass.

We got to see their chemistry room where “all the magic happens.”

We also got to see their highly advanced, scientific, machinery that’s used to measure various different properties of whatever coating they’re testing.

—Reid, TFL Student

Rocky obstacles and pools of water

Red Cliffs Hike With Rocky Obstacles and Pools of Water

 

We had a great time out at the Red Cliffs hike recently.

There was a lot of runoff, which created some beautiful clear pools of cold water that only
Grady dared swim in.

Amber, Dylan and I hiked in further while the rest hung out at the first pool.

We had to pass a rocky obstacle using some rope to avoid falling into the pool of water below.

It was kinda tricky, and a lot of fun.

—Cam, TFL Mentor

Confirmation bias

Life Skills Class: Confirmation Bias

How can understanding confirmation bias be useful?

Confirmation bias is the tendency to interpret new evidence as supportive of one’s existing beliefs or opinions.

Most of us do not go around trying to prove ourselves wrong.

It feels terrible to be proven wrong.

If feels great to be right.

We get to feel… smart, confirmed and in control.

Facts don’t necessarily change our brain’s confirmation bias.

The only thing that changes confirmation bias is something so glaring that we are willing to believe it and feel terrible about it, long enough to change our beliefs or opinions.

Most of the time our brains would rather be efficient and keep believing the same beliefs.

Even if those beliefs themselves feel terrible.

Confirmation bias is great when prior conclusions are terrific.

If we believe we’re awesome our brains find evidence for why we’re so awesome.

Confirmation bias is not great when prior conclusions are terrible.

If we believe we’re a failure, then our brains find evidence and even make-up stories about what we do or don’t do to prove why we’re a failure.

The process of changing our belief systems to support us in being more successful takes effort.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t feel good, but new focused thoughts over time can become our new belief systems.

Then confirmation bias works in our favor to confirm our new helpful beliefs.

Cleaning the animals cemetary

Weekend Trip to Cabin & Volunteering at Animals Sanctuary

During the first weekend in May, TFL had the opportunity to volunteer at an animal shelter called Best Friends Animal Sanctuary.

This is a place that has a no kill policy and is responsible for over a thousand animals, including horses, pigs, birds, rabbits, dogs and cats.

We got to help in the sanctuary’s animal graveyard, called Angels Rest, and even got to participate in the burial of a rooster that had passed on from old age.

It was an interesting ceremony.

  

Afterwards, we helped in the dog section of the sanctuary.

There at Dog Town, we weeded a few sections of the place where the dogs live and then we got to play with a couple of them.

The next day we got to clean the cat houses and then more weeding of Dog Town.

I really enjoyed the experience but a couple of the students weren’t so enthusiastic about it. Eh, maybe next time, right?

—Lee, TFL Student

  volunteering at animals shelter

This is a shout out to our students.

This past week I had the opportunity to go with Jason and the students to volunteer at Best Friends sanctuary in Kanab.

While there we were asked to weed and level off some of the dog runs.

Everyone was working hard in the hot sun and it wasn’t long before we called it and the care takers brought out some dogs for us to interact with.

It was then I noticed that Eric and Joseph weren’t with the group yet.

It turns out they were bound and determined to finish off all the weeds in their run, which they did!

Instead of stopping then and there they continued to work and give, which I thought was amazing.

And this was but one specific moment.

There are many times and moments like these with our students day in and day out that make our jobs as mentors worth it.

—Josh, TFL Mentor

While volunteering at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, the students stayed at Jason’s family cabin.

Some went mountain biking, many participated in target and skeet shooting, ziplining, swinging and of course everyone ate well.

We have a couple grill masters in our presence at TFL.

-Kristen, TFL Program Director

     

  

Enjoying Relationships

Relationships…One Of The Most Rewarding Parts Of Working In The Environment Here At TFL

One of the most rewarding parts of working in this environment is being able to build real, meaningful relationships with our students.

We are all “equals but with different responsibilities” (and age as they remind me often).

We get to interact like a real family to practice relationship skills.

That means butting heads a little, getting our feelings hurt and having real conflicts.

But those things are balanced by the growth, connection and enjoyment that comes from attachment in our relationships.

Success and appreciation from resolving conflicts and seeing the hard times through to the good times makes it all worth it.

I want to share some of my favorite times lately:

  • Dave cracking a really dry joke
  • Teasing Dylan so strait faced that it takes him a minute to smile.
  • Amber’s proud face as she presents a finished design.
  • Eric walking slowly by my door hoping I’ll call him in to chat.
  • Lee calling to say he got his first job ever.
  • Watching Dallin coming back from college tired and looking accomplished.
  • Seeing Carlos sitting with feedback and saying, “I want to get better at that”.
  • Joseph half-trying to act cold and indifferent as he supports another student who struggles.
  • Kyler sharing something on the web to make everyone laugh.

These show some of their best sides, their redeeming qualities.

We get to experience these along with the hard stuff.

We know that parents and grandparents are missing out on it, but only temporarily.

To our student’s families and sponsors I would say that these young adults are at TFL to become who they are meant to be so that they can come back to you better.

But while they are here they will be cherished as long as we have the privilege to do so.

-Jason, TFL Executive Director

New student Reid wants to gain tech certifications

Welcome To Reid Our New Student From Texas Looking To Gain Tech Certifications

Reid comes to us from Texas.

He also enjoys playing video games and working out in his spare time.

All of us here at TFL can tell a difference already in his body physique, he is taking it quite seriously.

Reid’s favorite food is Thai and if he had a super power, he would want to be able to fly.

Reid’s goals while at TFL is to gain all the certifications he can earn and to find a job to help support his lifestyle.

We have already taken note of how serious Reid is taking his coding classes and we look forward to see what he is capable of doing this summer in the intensive coding classes.

New student Reid