ANALYSIS OF RESULTS
REDUCTION IN DESTRUCTIVE THINKING
INCREASE IN SELF-CONFIDENCE
9 OUT OF 10
IN TERMS OF THEIR UNDERSTANDING THE PROGRAM, AND BEING ABLE TO APPLY THE PRINCIPLES TAUGHT
Also we have seen decreases in: performance anxiety, the desire to dominate others, belief in entitlement to break established rules, cognitive distractibility, impulsivity, tendency to avoid problems, and anti-social attitudes
RESULTS IN YOUTH
BETTER GRADES/STUDY HABITS
IMPROVED SOCIAL SKILLS
Around the country, more schools are experiencing promising results with social-emotional learning, buoyed by research that correlates it with positive outcomes, like academic gains and reduced disciplinary incidents.
Research shows that Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) increases prosocial behaviors (such as kindness, sharing, and empathy), as well as improving student achievement by an average of 11 percentile points. SEL can improve student attitudes toward school, and reduces depression and stress among students (Durlak Et al. 2011)
Our program - TOPUCU - The Only Person U Cheat is U - is an evidence-based SEL that develops self-awareness, self-management, optimistic thinking, goal-directed behavior and decision making. Our seven step program teaches principles to create transformation.
LESSON ONE: HABITS
You learn about habits and the three components: Trigger, Routine and Reward. We focus on the “Routine” as the one component of habit that you can actually control. Dissect the Trigger to understand the “Why” behind every habit. Develop new routines that line up with what you are trying to accomplish.
LESSON TWO: MOTIVATION
We introduce the “Scales of Motivation” as a guide to why you may or may not be doing something. Evaluate the scales to see which part of the formula needs to be adjusted in order to keep moving toward your goals. We also explore two forms of motivation: External and Internal. Enjoy External motivation, but live through Internal motivation.
LESSON THREE: PAIN
We talk about “Pain” and discomfort as a critical part of positive transformation. We teach that the pain you’ll experience during your change is nothing compared to the pain you may feel if you decide to stay in your current situation.
LESSON FOUR: THE SEVEN E'S
The Seven E’s represent the way thoughts enter and affect your mind. You’ve got to stop the negative thoughts at the first E, “Entrance” and, conversely, you need to nurture the positive thoughts all the way through the final E - “Enveloped”. Our thoughts become our words. Our words become our actions. Our actions become our habits. And our habits define who we are.
LESSON FIVE: VISUALIZATION
“Visualization” - seeing it and achieving it. Think of an image on a puzzle box to illustrate the idea of having a picture of what you’re reaching for. If you cannot visualize where you want to be at the end of your journey, then the chances of ever starting that journey are slim to none. Visualize your goal and reach for it one piece at a time.
LESSON SIX: VALUE OF TIME
We explore the “Value of Time”. Make a list of the six most important tasks to accomplish each day and work to optimize the 168 hours you have in each week. True lasting transformation takes time - using that time wisely and effectively creates change.
LESSON SEVEN: BURN THE BRIDGE
Identify and visualize challenges that are keeping you from changing or causing you to go back to your old habits, put them on top of that bridge and blow them up! Be committed to your future self.
The second part of TOPUCU is the FINISHER Program. Here, we guide you through the process of taking an inventory of your life. We’ll break it down into sections like family, education, health, work and more. This activity leads to the creation of a Personal Mission Statement for your life. We’ll get to the core of who you are and help you lay out specific, positive statements about yourself that will keep you motivated and on track to being the best person you can be each day.
Then we identify specific and attainable SMART Goals for every area of your life. We teach you about four types of time-sensitive goals. These goals become the ultimate key to seeing true positive transformation.
TOPUCU is a transformational program designed to develop FINISHERS. This program anticipates the challenges you may face in each stage of progress and provides you with profound mindsets that help you finish.
"TOPUCU really influences me in my everyday life because before TOPUCU, I didn't have my schedule straight, my grades weren't the best. But, once I got into the program - it really helped me figure things out. I can schedule my day, I prioritize and my grades started getting better. Now I'm living at a 3.6 and it's really nice."
ST. EDWARDS HIGH SCHOOL SOPHOMORE
“TOPUCU helps me be movitvated in life, so that you can accomplish what it is you want to accomplish.”
BEDFORD HIGHSCHOOL JUNIOR
EFFECTIVENESS OF SEL PROGRAMS
8 OUT OF 10
SAY THAT SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL SKILLS ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT TO SUCCESS AND YET ARE ALSO THE HARDEST SKILLS TO FIND
SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT PRODUCES AN 11-PERCENTAGE POINT GAIN IN GRADES AND TEST SCORES
9 OUT OF 10
BELIEVE SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL SKILLS CAN BE TAUGHT AND THAT IT BENEFITS STUDENTS
INTEGRATING SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT WITH ACADEMIC LEARNING RETURNS
$11 FOR EVERY $1 INVESTED
HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION RATES, POSTSECONDARY ENROLLMENT, POSTSECONDARY COMPLETION, EMPLOYMENT RATES, AND AVERAGE WAGES
DROP OUT RATES, SCHOOL AND CLASSROOM BEHAVIOR ISSUES, DRUG USE, TEEN PREGNANCY, MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS, AND CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR
MEET THE TEAM
As an entrepreneur, civic leader, and passionate student of leadership, Norm Mulder brings his lifetime of experience as the founder of TOPUCU. He is a Vietnam Veteran who served faithfully with the United Sates Army. Upon returning from his military service, Norm became a firefighter/paramedic with the City of Bay Village, OH. During this time he successfully launched and sold his first business, which led him into financial planning. Thirty-five years later he is an owner and National Sales Director with Primerica overseeing 91 offices and over 1,200 agents. He has traveled nationally representing the company and is one of 95 recipients awarded to their Wall of Fame. He serves on multiple nonprofit boards helping facilitate community and life transformation across the U.S. Norm & his wife Pat live in Northeast Ohio. They have 5 adult children and sixteen grandchildren.
Chief Operations Officer
Jerry brings to the TOPUCU team more than 35 years of Leadership and Executive Management experience. A Vietnam veteran who, after serving, graduated from The University of Akron majoring in Business and I/T management. He became a partner in a Business and I/T consulting firm in 1976 and help grow the firm from 20 to 400 consultants by 1989. His company was acquired by an international consulting firm in 1989 where Jerry held various management positions and became COO of the US operations growing the company to 30 branches, 4000 consultants and more than $800 million in sales by 2000. After retiring from corporate America in 2000 he used his experience to facilitate strategic planning for churches and non-profits in NE Ohio and has implemented operations improvement plans in many of these same organizations. He also established a residential real estate management company serving those unable to qualify for a traditional mortgage and making homeownership possible. For more than 40 years he has served on numerous church and non-profit boards. Jerry and his wife Mary of 46 years live in Northeast Ohio. They have two adult children and 6 grandchildren.
Divisional Vice President Education and Youth
Mr. Randy Rohde brings more than 25 years of management experience to his role as
Divisional Vice President at TOPUCU. Before joining TOPUCU, Mr. Rohde served in several Executive Leadership roles in education services and retail management. He has launched and piloted several start-up organizations building multi-million dollar revenues along the way.
Among his significant previous positions, Mr. Rohde has served as Vice President of Operations for Egghead Computers, Director of Operations for Borders Books - in those combined roles, he was responsible for opening 200+ locations across the country and over $600M in revenue. Start-up companies that Mr. Rohde has guide include: President of Education Solutions, a network of Sylvan Learning Centers in the Midwest serving both private and public school aged students. At ES, he established new strategic business units focused on contract sales in education – providing individualized instruction for students in underperforming schools and districts. Vice President of Operations for Platform Learning where he grew first year revenues to $19M. Vice President of Operations at Education Station where he had full P&L responsibilities and all aspects of the company’s operations across 34 states including; service quality; talent management and development; client and community relations; customer satisfaction.
Mr. Rohde has an MA in English from Arizona State University and undergraduate degrees in English, History, Religion and Philosophy from the University of Sioux Falls. Randy lives with his wife and two children in Chagrin Falls, OH. He is an active member of the Chagrin Valley Jaycees, Chagrin Falls Dad’s Club, Assistant Scoutmaster Troop 241 and assists coaching CYO Cross Country.