the why behind the initiativeSchool of “Life Experience” beyond the classroom for High School students to rise higher during the demotivating COVID times
A Harvard Business School PLD graduate and Alumni initiative
ESOTERIC MEANING: BUTTERFLY BEHIND THE BARS OF THE MIND
A butterfly has an esoteric symbolism. It means a transformation in short.
The butterfly is born on earth, then voluntarily goes through the cocoon to emerge ( painfully) as a beautiful one that escapes and becomes ultimately free to roam and explore life. This also signifies the human spirit. The butterfly and the process outlined also signifies how children transform into adults as they explore life.
Butterfly behind the prison of the mind signifies the inability and pain of not exploring life and gaining the life experience it was meant to do.
Altus School: A Harvard Business School PLD graduate and Ivy League Alumni social impact initiative.
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The COVID situation hits high-school students the most. The real reason is the “isolation”.
Isolation from friends, Isolation from the physical world. Isolation from nature. Isolation from the from nearly everything. Thats the prison.
The second state of isolation is not being able to interact and express. Life is a feedback loop in general. The students perspective of life is shaped by the environment – social, material, emotional and spiritual.
The last isolation is the adoption of the virtual world. The computer is the only portal to any life experience now. Theres a lot of information, but the digital world accelerates the isolation further.
Students have a deluge of information, mostly negative – jobs, money, politics, gender, fake news and opinions. Not to forget the constant fear of the disease and the Hegelian Dialectic narrative everywhere.
EFFECT / consequences?
The world in front of the student is simply meaningless. It is a world full of fear, negativity, and insecurity. Trust is absent. The inability to create a change and feeling powerless manifests as anger. It’s the butterfly trapped, fluttering its wings in a world of loneliness inside their “mind prison” of hopelessness that starts shattering the psyche.
Habits start forming. Behaviors start forming. As isolation continues, the feedback loop furthers the behaviors. The brain patterns develop exactly to fit the world in their mind. Slowly, but surely the butterfly gives up.
There is no meaning of existence. There is no purpose as a student. There are no dreams. Drugs become the new realm of escape to be thrown down badly after the effect is over, its back to reality.
Now imagine millions of students globally. All chained. No interest in life. No will. No power. No interest. A “Lost Generation”! This has happened many, many times, if you read history.
THE REAL CONSEQUENCES IN THE LONG TERM FOR THE STUDENT GENERATION
Go through this 3-minute story – why an elephant can be conditioned with a small rope that prevents it’s escape. The prison all students are in.
the "lost generation" is looming ahead?
Perhaps your child/children are doing well! Congrats.
But, remember, teens especially will break after some time. One cannot know what’s in their mind. Everyone has their limit. They may be trying to stay strong, so they don’t show their weakness in front of you. At some point, the young elephant gave up because it accepted the “conditioning” and the “institutionalizing” effect.
Even as they grow up as adults later with a good job, assured they would have problems with their own resilience, seeing deep down inside and not having trust in themselves or the world or their friends and even parents.
No one wants anything bad for their children; forget about trying even to be aware of the long-term effects, understand them, accept them, and rising above it by taking action.
Our children will slowly become adults. We do our best to build the foundation. Else, they will be part of a generation that is lost!
cost of doing nothing about it?
We can go on and on and on. Discussion is important to raise awareness, surely. Nothing changes if we don’t do anything about it.
Let’s use ” System Thinking” for a bit. What do students need now?
Interaction but meaningful interaction. The ability to think deeply. To gain clarity inside is key. Then comes “Life Experience.” They need to hear stories about overcoming challenges and problems, not instructions. The next is about skills and sharpening skills. The industry is moving at a jet speed. New systems are replacing old systems. Adapt. The last is –Positivity, Mindfulness, Internal Resilience, Spirituality of being human.
How much would you agree all this is needed? The question is, are we doing it and doing it every day? If we are not, who is doing it?
What is the consequence of doing NOTHING! What is the consequence of doing NOTHING now? That’s why we built the Altus School platform.
one cannot soar with broken wingsAltus School brings Industry Leaders and Students together to build leadership among high school students by sharing "Life Experience" on 60 minute segments
“Altus” in Latin means “to elevate, to rise higher, to soar”
60 MINUTE TO LIFE
Share your journey about how you succeeded despite all odds. What did you do in the darkest of times? What lessons did you learn? What could you have done if you re-live that experience and situation?
60 MINUTE TO SKILL
Share a skill in the industry, technology, or Workforce-of-the-Future. How should students prepare for it? What should they do now? What are the sources, internships, connections?
60 MINUTE TO HEALTH
Share about Emotional, Physical and Spiritual health. How do you discipline yourself to perpetuate it? How do you start? What are the resources? What are the hacks?
60 MINUTE TO POWER
How do you build Power internally? How can one have the Power to Create, Innovate, Lead, and Adapt? How do build Communities? How can you keep the Power, instead of giving it up?
Our Mission and Vision
Our clear MISSION for the next 10 years is to build a “live” mentorship platform to inspire, uplift, and empower students to take action, find meaning in life through the experience of successful people, and gain experiential knowledge to navigate and adapt during times of change. WE MUST!
Our VISION is to build 1000 student leaders, who go on to make a huge difference in communities and consequently in the lives of others and the whole world. It is our responsibility to help them pivot into Top Schools, be aligned with the industry, be professionally networked, financially savvy, and build entrepreneurial ventures that make the world a better place.
Please check Altus Education ( www.altus.education ) to apply for the program!
From The Founder
"The world is changing rapidly. The old rules don't apply. Social isolation has numbed an entire generation of students who hardly have the life experience to learn and share, thus have nearly no purpose, and cannot give life a meaning.
We need to get back to basics during a crisis and mentor students on webcon what they cannot learn at home or school.
A Platform like Altus School, where leaders in the industry share their life experience, lessons learned, and their life journey with students is long due".
- Subhashish Acharya(Subs)
participation and process
ALTUS finds the speaker and the topic. We choose the Date/Time (8 PM EST)
WE promote it in various Facebook groups that have parents, high school students etc.
Parents, Students and Teachers check the posts and forward it to students or calendar it with the Zoom link and ID information
Students join the call, listen, interact, debate, discuss…have fun! We repeat the process!
Vishal Bora : Executive Vice President: Personiv
Vishal runs one of the biggest Call-Centers in India. 15 years back Vishal was in a hospital bed not knowing where life would take him. A journey from the unknown to make a difference in the lives of 3,000 employees.
Lance Morgan : CEO - College Funding Secrets
Lance runs an unconventional company that helps parents and students graduate with no student debt. He will explain his own personal journey of sending 5 children to school! It will inspire you to be financially savvy.
Eric Soper: CEO - Pediatric Dental Center, KY.
Eric is an accomplished dentist owning over 4 large clinics and a graduate of Harvard Business School PLD. He is also an accomplished investor with brilliant ideas.
It didn't start great, but he triumphed. How?
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Frequently Asked Questions
Please check the FAQ sections to understand us a little better. We keep things simple. This is a human impact model by a group of people who believe they can make a BIG difference. We don't know what to expect as no one has built a platform to help students like this, and if this model works. We will at least give it a shot if Parents and Students can cooperate. We are motivated by helping individuals than trying to change the world! The story below is our guideline.
Does the word "Altus" have a meaning?
Yes! It absolutely does. Altus in Latin means "to rise higher" to "elevate oneself". The word altitude also derives from the word "Altus." We stand for rising higher during COVID. That's our motto and vision.
Cost of Participation
There is NO cost to participants. It is a choice for parents and students. We personally believe that in the end, only a handful will be interested because it will take discipline and leadership to stick around.
Standards & Ethics
We maintain absolutely high standards and ethics on these engagement calls. Bad behavior, disturbing people, and making bad remarks/opinions are NOT tolerated.
Can Parents & Teachers attend?
Please do! Yes, parents and teachers are welcome and we appreciate their participation. As long people do not violate standards and ethics, we are good. Remember Standards and Ethics cover everyone.
Politics, Race, Gender discussions
We keep these elements out of this platform. Period! We focus on human elements and leadership only. Everyone is equal, every opinion is equal but sensitive topics like those are NOT to be discussed on this platform. Thanks for understanding!
What is Project Starfish?
Project Starfish ( www.pstarfish.org ) is a unique 501C(3) Non Profit that solves unemployment challenges for the blind and those with disabilities. We have expanded the charter to create an education platform to spread skills, future work, and help people during COVID times, so we create impact. Altus School is a part of Project Starfish focusing on education.
What is Altus Education?
Altus Education ( www.altus.education ) is
"A futuristic, industry-focused, world-class, Student Leadership Program for select ambitious High Schoolers to pivot into the Top Colleges, be the entrepreneurs and problem solvers of a post COVID world and be financially free."
Altus Education Vs Altus School
Our News & Announcements
The following is a list of announcements and blogs in store for students and parents to navigate the chasm of the COVID 19 challenges. The below section is under development. Please ignore for now.
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