We hand-picked 7 great quotes to set the stage for a great week!


  1. “Welcome every morning with a smile. Look on the new day as another special gift from your Creator, another golden opportunity to complete what you were unable to finish yesterday. Be a self-starter. Let your first hour set the theme of success and positive action that is certain to echo through your entire day. Today will never happen again. Don’t waste it with a false start or no start at all. You were not born to fail.”
  2. “Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.”
  3. “Persons are judged to be great because of the positive qualities they possess, not because of the absence of faults”
  4. “The positive thinker sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.”
  5. “A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.”
  6. “There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative.”

What’s the purpose of the Daily Affirmations?

(Excerpt from SuperPower Parenting: Strategies for Motivating Today’s Youth by Jackie P Taylor)

In Success Ladder, the success pledge is recited corporately to unify the group and boost the spirits of every participating young person. Young people can take this exercise one step further by practicing these daily affirmations at home as often as possible. The success pledge drives home an important message: Believe in yourself! No one will do it for you. Yes, it is vital to have a support network in place to cultivate, encourage and care for today‘s youth (which is exactly why you as a parent or educator are reading this book). BUT! If today‘s youth do not believe in themselves, all of the help and support they receive will do absolutely nothing in the long run. Without self-confidence, young people will not have the personal empowerment necessary to see their goals realized.

By encouraging young people to affirm themselves daily, you are actually doing both them and yourself an immense favor! When you teach youth to believe in themselves, which is truly invaluable, you ensure that all of your work as a parent or educator does not come to naught. Instilling self-esteem and confidence gives children the tools they need to live up to their long-term goals. Don’t you see how it all goes hand-in-hand?

The foundation of daily affirmations is replacing negative thoughts with positive ones.

This means that aside from the Success LadderTM success pledge, daily affirmations will be entirely unique and specific to each young person. In fact, after you have had a chance to talk with your child about his or her long-term goals (using the method set forth in the previous chapter), you probably will have a much better idea of exactly what makes him or her tick, and also what areas of your child‘s life could be improved with more support or a boost of self-confidence.

If you spend a bit of time in the presence of a child who is lacking in self-confidence, you will probably hear examples of negative speech. For instance:

I’m not smart enough to go to college.
I’m not talented or good enough to try out for a school play.
I’ll never be able to get my grades up in time; I’m just stupid.
I always mess up, so I don’t think I’ll make the football team when I try out.

These are just a few examples of negative talk. I‘m sure that you as a parent or teacher have heard hundreds and even thousands more disheartening examples from the mouth of your very own son, daughter or student! As a parent or educator, it is your responsibility to stop negative self-talk in its tracks. The first step toward accomplishing this is to convey that your child‘s fears about him or herself are unfounded, and that he or she is valuable, worthwhile and unique. Secondly, take it a step further by putting the power in the child‘s hands. Exhort your child to affirm them daily to keep their self-confidence flying high.

Excuses… Are You and Your Child Becoming an Excuse Expert?

(Excerpt from SuperPower Parenting: Strategies for Motivating Today’s Youth by Jackie P Taylor)

……What you need to learn from this chapter is that you can acknowledge the barriers in your life, and then you can make plans to jump right over them. No barrier needs to stand in your way when you want to be the SuperPower Parent.

It‘s probably not going to be an overnight process. Just accepting that you have made excuses in your life is hard. Heck, no one wants to say they‘re wrong or that they could have made a better decision.

It‘s time to move past all of this, in order to improve your parenting. It‘s time to start thinking about what you CAN do, instead of what you may not be able to do right now.

Leave the past in the past…

The harshest lesson of excuses? Learning about the fallout of the stories you tell yourself. When you tell yourself stories, your child is watching. Your child is learning from what you say and how you respond to the excuses you make for yourself. The more time you spend making excuses, the better you and your child become at making them. Malcolm Gladwell‘s 10,000 hour rule applies here too. If you show your child how to make excuses and complain from ages 2-16 for an average of 6 hours a day, your child will be an ―expert 3 times over, having racked up 30,000+ hours! So, what are you consistently making your child an expert at?

2015 Media & Writing Summer Camp

Gear up for SUMMER FUN! Improve your writing skills while learning to write, produce and edit your own broadcast. Campers will create a writing portfolio as well as produce their own ‘end of camp’ video. They will learn how to prepare and conduct on camera interviews. Finally, campers will learn digital editing skills they can apply to their project work in school. Every camper will have an opportunity to be “talent” and work both in front of the camera and behind the scenes as part of this experience (based on their comfort level). This camp is educational and FUN! Each week, we go off-site on a trip and incorporate elements of our off site activities into our production work.

Success Ladder Academy™ will be offering three consecutive themed sessions of the Multimedia and Writing Camp for ages 8-14. Each session builds on the next. Although it is not required to attend all three sessions, space is limited, so those students who register for multiple sessions will receive priority enrollment. Camp runs from 9am to 4pm daily. Weekly trips include bowling, amusement parks, museums and swimming. Please check back in late February 2015 for additional details and a formalized camp itinerary. Should you have any questions prior, please email summercamp@successladder.net

Session 1 (3 weeks)

June 29- July 17, 2015

THEME: ‘Laying the Groundwork’. During this session, the various writing styles are introduced. Campers will also be introduced to ‘newswriting’. Campers will create a portfolio of original work that may be used later as video production content. Guided by teachers who are also professional writers, campers will develop a portfolio of poems and stories, and learn how to give and receive constructive feedback. Whether or not your camper enjoys writing, they will LOVE IT by the time this session is over!
There will be one ‘trip’ per week.

Session 2 (3 weeks)

June 20-August 7, 2015

THEME: “Rolling up our Sleeves” During this session, campers are exposed to digital video shooting and editing. They will learn lighting techniques, green screen use and more using our professional studio on site! There will be one ‘trip’ per week including our visit to a LIVE TELEVISION STUDIO in NYC!

Session 3 (3 weeks)

August 10 –August 28, 2015

THEME: “Putting it All Together” During this session, campers will produce their own digital video. Campers will do this using HD video cameras, directing the scenes, editing music for the video and editing the video in Final Cut Pro, on Apple computer workstations. Parents are invited to an end of camp premiere where the camper produced videos are presented.

SuccesStories April: The NFL Comes to Success Ladder!

Super Bowl Winners Howard Cross and Stephen “The Touchdown Maker” Baker Hosting Student Event This Saturday April 18th!

For Immediate Release:

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ. –  Success Ladder Academy is opening its doors to the public, especially students to meet Super Bowl Winners Howard Cross and Stephen “The Touchdown Maker” Baker on Saturday, April 18th. Both former NFL players will be available for autographs, photos, and to discuss the importance of success both on and off the field—in school. This is a free community event and space will be limited. Members of the public are encouraged to rsvp for autographs and photo opps.

“We want families to come out and enjoy the day. It’s important to talk with these athletes first hand and realize the value that comes with a successful educational career,” said Jackie Taylor, Founder of Success Ladder Academy. “I’m hopeful many of our area’s student athletes leave the event inspired to work equally hard when it comes to both academics and sports.”

The Success Ladder Academy is hosting this public event as part of its Success Stories campaign. The campaign has been designed to provide the community with real-life examples of education excellence and the impact it has on everyone’s future.  Taylor launched Success Ladder Academy as a unique educational model that combines instruction, coaching and character education. Academic Success Coaching™ is the foundation for Success Ladder Academy, providing a comprehensive approach to addressing every child’s Math, Literacy and Language needs while also equipping them with the tools they need to be “competent learners”.

The Success Stories event with Howard Cross and Stephen “The Touchdown Maker” Baker starts at 1pm. The address for Success Ladder Academy is 856 US Route 206 in Hillsborough, NJ.  Priority line reservations to meet both NFL stars are available to local youth, sporting, and educational groups upon request.

Members of the media are encouraged to attend this event for exclusive interviews with both Cross and Baker, as well as with Jackie Taylor and Success Ladder leadership.  Interview requests should be directed to Helene Vece, Media Manager at Office@HeleneVece.com or by calling Success Ladder directly at 908-829-3173.


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Howard Cross , 2 Time SuperBowl Champion is Visiting Success Ladder Academy

About Howard Cross:  Former NFL player and Super Bowl winner, Howard Cross currently is a co-host of the YES Network’s This Week in Football, as well as serving as color commentator alongside John Sterling on the network’s Ivy League football telecasts. Cross is also a sideline reporter for the New York Giants Radio Network. He has spent a great deal of time working with youth to help ensure that they stay in school through events like Success Ladder Academy’s Success Stories campaign.

Stephen "Touch Down Maker" Baker, SuperBowl Champion will be at Success Ladder Academy

Stephen “Touch Down Maker” Baker, SuperBowl Champion will be at Success Ladder Academy

About Stephen Baker:  Former NFL player and Super Bowl winner Stephen “The Touchdown Maker” baker is dedicating his post-football career to helping young athletes understand the importance of education and future planning.

About Success Ladder Academy:  Success Ladder Academy utilizes a unique methodology that helps promote academic success and life-long learning habits.  Each student with the Academy is assigned an Academic Success Coach who assesses content, develops and delivers an instructional program that meets the student’s needs, as well as tracking/communicating progress to parents and to school teachers.