Goals (Class 3)

Straight-A Guide Job Training Program

Lesson #3: Goals

Materials Required:

  • Classroom space
  • Sufficient number of chairs with writing surface
  • Overhead projector that can broadcast DVD
  • Video DVD, Lesson 3.5
  • Handout on goals 

Introduce Lesson #2 (5 minutes):

  • Provide overview of goals so that those in the audience know what we’re discussing.

First steps (10 minutes):

  • Take roll of participants.
  • Facilitator discusses his personal life, shares why and how he uses goals to overcome the struggles associated with creating a life after imprisonment.

Goals and Objectives (5 minutes):

  • Explain purpose of writing out goals and show those in the audience the written list of goals that keeps facilitator advancing on a day-by-day basis.

Expected Learning Outcomes (5 minutes):

  • Describe for participants why we expect them to learn how to set goals that are consistent with the values by which they profess to live. Also, teach them how to set strategies for tracking their progress.

Preliminary introduction (5 minutes):

  • Facilitator opens discussion by asking participants to review the values by which they professed to live (recall sheet from previous class).

Direct Instruction (10 minutes):

  • Facilitator asks participants what activities they pursued the previous day that reflects their commitment to the values.
  • Facilitator asks participants what goals they can set to demonstrate their commitment to the values they identify as being essential to their life..

Guided Practice (20 minutes):

  • Facilitator plays video 3.5
  • Engage random participants in open discussion about values and goals.
  • Issue handout that requests participants to write out specific, clearly-defined goals that will guide their decisions.


Lesson #3: Handout on Goals

At Straight-A-Guide Staffing Solutions, we have a tough job ahead of us. We must work to persuade employers to hire people who have criminal backgrounds. To make that case, we ask those who proceed through our job-training program to help. We spoke previously about the importance of establishing value categories. In this basic exercise, we ask participants to clearly define the goals that they are setting out to achieve. Those goals should relate directly to the values.

Individuals should think in terms of setting incremental goals. To put that idea in other words, individuals should set goals that resemble baby steps. Rather than visualizing the best possible outcome, think about the smaller goals you have to achieve that will lead to the possibility of larger goals.

Our study of leadership convinces us on the importance of writing out goals. So we encourage each individual to write out the goals and to make those goals public. Invite the world to hold you accountable, to judge you not by the decisions of your past, but by the decisions you’re making each and every day. When an individual writes out goals and asks others to judge, the individual demonstrates commitment. We have found that employers are willing to overlook the past when an individual steps up and indicates his full commitment to leading a values-based, law-abiding life.

Please set clearly defined goals that reflect your commitment to the values by which you profess to live:

1. List first value: Then follow by listing clearly defined goal




2. List second value: Then follow by listing clearly defined goal





3. List third value: Then follow by listing clearly defined goal