Friday, July 7, 2017

Southwestern Advantage Content Contributors & Advisors

A common question we get is, "Who is responsible for the content of Southwestern Advantage products?"
It's somewhat of a Who's Who of leaders in the field of education and industry experts from all across the country. As stated in the credits, we gratefully acknowledge their invaluable contributions to our product line of educational books, websites, and apps. 












Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Southwestern Advantage Tuition Rewards

BIG NEWS! All families with an active SWAdvantageOnline membership will now receive up to $3,000 per year in guaranteed minimum scholarships at nearly 400 participating private colleges and universities across the US. It's our way of saying thank you for supporting the student that visited your home and for investing in your family's education.

Learn more at southwesternadvantage.com/tuitionrewards 

If you do not yet have an SWAdvantageOnline membership, reach out to your Student Rep today!





Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Share The Advantage: Friusa, Dominican Republic



Every summer, Southwestern Advantage holds a service week where our student reps are given the opportunity to voluntarily donate a portion of their personal sales toward our November service project. This past summer, our student reps raised nearly $40,000. 100% of the fundraising went toward helping two schools in a poverty-stricken region in the Dominican Republic called Friusa. During their November incentive trip to the DR, the student reps had the opportunity to do a site visit of the two locations that benefited from their summer contributions. 

The first school was Centro Educativo Shalom, a private school with 300 students. We are building two additional classrooms that will allow another 150+ children to be educated and have a brighter future. The goal is to impact the community long-term by helping children off the streets and into the classroom. Additionally, funds went toward repairing their septic, purchasing many new desks, dry erase boards, and much needed school supplies such as laminator machines, a copier, and a projector. $1,000 was made available to be given to the teachers as a bonus since their pay rate is very low. 

The second school was a block away, Centro Educativo Nazaret, a public school with 600 students. We assisted this school with their supply needs which included a copier, copy paper, laminator machines, various classroom supplies, and a Rosetta Stone so that the English teacher could improve his skills along with the students. 

At each school we held a half-day recess with the children and teachers, playing ball, swinging at ​p​iƱatas, singing, dancing, and eating pizza. The kids and teachers had a day to remember. We feel education is a principle factor in improving not only these children’s lives, but also the community in general. With the right tools, motivation, and opportunities, these children can rise above their challenging circumstances and go where their dreams take them.



Tuesday, December 6, 2016

REFUSE TO BE AVERAGE



Article seen in Bloomberg, Businessweek, Fortune, and Money

Since 1868, extraordinary college students from around the world have developed people skills, come to understand their strengths and weaknesses, experienced what it means to work without guarantees, and become employable – forever.

Many college students look for standard summer jobs and internships to put on their resumes or make a little spending money. But that’s not what they’ll find at Southwestern Advantage®.

“We’re looking for young people from all majors who have incredibly high goals. We then give them a track to run on, which—if they apply themselves—will develop in them the skills and character needed to achieve those goals. We give them the opportunity to succeed, usually by first falling at on their faces repeatedly,” says President Dan Moore, who joined Southwestern Advantage as a Harvard freshman in 1974 and has never worked anywhere else. “It’s more than a j-o-b. It’s a y-o-b: Your Own Business.”

Students who are up for the challenge spend their summer break in an unfamiliar location. There, they build their own businesses by direct-selling print and online products—developed by professional educators — to families who want to give their children an academic edge.

“College students are experts in education because they have lived it for at least the past 12 years. Our best performers care as much about helping families as the families do about helping their kids,” says Moore. Returning participants learn to recruit and lead teams through the experience in future summers.


BEYOND THE CLASSROOM

For nearly 150 years, Southwestern Advantage has equipped students with personal and workplace skills that translate into future success. “Employers today seek to hire graduates who can contribute to the organization immediately. In the best roles, there isn’t much room for those who feel ‘entitled,’ but there’s a lot of room for people who can hit the ground running. This program embeds that ability in young people,” says Moore.

This experiential education goes beyond what can be taught in a classroom and delivers top attributes employers look for, including leadership, teamwork, problem-solving skills, verbal communication, strong work ethic, initiative, flexibility and adaptability, and interpersonal skills.*


ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING


The Southwestern Advantage program is presented to tens of thousands of undergrads each year, but only a small percentage has the self-confidence to take on the challenge. A careful selection process ensures the program is “right for the student, and the student is right for the program,” says Moore.
As with every sole proprietor’s small business—with no floor or ceiling when it comes to potential pro t—discipline and attitude are proficiencies that must be quickly developed and applied. The most successful students stay the course, work hard, prepare thoroughly, bring an attitude of service to others, and remain highly coachable.


PATH TO THE FUTURE


“A summer opportunity can lead to a full and diversely interesting career with Southwestern Advantage, as it did for me,” says Moore. Other career paths within the Southwestern Family of Companies include investment advising, residential real estate, sales improvement consulting, professional fundraising, and offering nutritious, all-natural herbs, spices, and infused oils to families. The common thread? A rewarding, one-to-one effort focused on helping people achieve their goals.


And the first step is in the summer.



Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Share The Advantage: Friusa, Dominican Republic.

Every summer, Southwestern Advantage holds a service week where our student reps are given the opportunity to voluntarily donate a portion of their personal sales toward our November service project. This past summer, our student reps raised nearly $40,000. 100% of the fundraising went toward helping two schools in a poverty-stricken region in the Dominican Republic called Friusa. During their November incentive trip to the DR, the student reps had the opportunity to do a site visit of the two locations that benefited from their summer contributions.

Photos: 
https://www.facebook.com/SouthwesternAdvantage/posts/1344546312222445


Read more about our Share The Advantage initiative under our 'What We Believe' tab on this blog.