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TRANSFORMATIONAL FIRST-GENERATION
STUDENT SUCCESS SPEAKER

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I remember the feeling of starting college as a first-generation student - the excitement, the uncertainty, and the nagging belief that I didn't belong. That's why I'm passionate about letting other first-generation students know that they are not alone and that they not only belong but have earned their place in higher education. Through my speeches and workshops, I empower first-generation students to thrive, not just survive, during this critical stage of personal development. By sharing my story of overcoming adversity, I ignite their fire to live beyond their potential and bloom wherever they are planted.

Alicia Caldwell

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ALICIA EMPOWERS STUDENTS TO...

  • Use mental fitness strategies to reduce stress and the risk of academic burnout.

  • Make intentional choices to accomplish their goals

  • Identify and focus on their strengths while developing their weaknesses.

  • Overcome self-doubt through confidence-building strategies.

  • Navigate the ups and downs of life with healthy coping methods. 

  • Expand their support system.

  • Break free from limiting beliefs.

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CONFIDENCE ACCELERATOR PROGRAM

HELPING STUDENTS UNLOCK THEIR INNER CHAMPION!

"TELLING STUDENTS WHAT TO DO IS NOT ENOUGH. WE HAVE TO CREATE SAFE SPACES FOR THEM TO ASK QUESTIONS, EXPLORE, AND BECOME ALL THEY ARE DESIGNED TO BE."

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MEET THE SPEAKER

Licensed therapist, author, and first-generation graduate Alicia Caldwell has a special place in her heart for students. Despite difficult childhood circumstances, she embarked on a journey of leveraging her academic abilities to change the direction of her life. Alicia used the pain of childhood adversity to fuel her pursuit of success through higher education, and she wants to empower the current and next generation of college students to do the same.

Alicia has made it part of her mission to inspire students to break through barriers by strengthening their mental and emotional endurance while achieving personal, relational, and academic success.

Alicia's calm and commanding persona puts students at ease as she authentically explores mental health challenges and offers interactive activities that enhance the learning experience. Her engaging and dynamic presentation style will leave a lasting impression and lead students toward lasting change.​​

WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT FROM THE CONFIDENCE ACCELERATOR PROGRAM?

STRUCTURE AND SUPPORT

Structured support provides students with an environment where they feel less overwhelmed and more in control of their transformation. Lessons are designed to be dynamic in delivery and mentally digestible so that students can feel empowered to take action.

CONFIDENCE BUILDING

As the name of the program suggests, confidence building is the core of the curriculum. Through solution-focused information and activities, students gain the self-assurance needed to tackle adversity and uncertainty with greater resilience.

PEER CONNECTION

By connecting with peers who are on a similar journey, participants experience a sense of belonging and community. This peer support is invaluable during times of emotional upheaval and identity exploration.

IMPACT

The program equips students with essential life skills, including effective communication, decision-making, and stress management. These skills not only help them navigate immediate challenges but also set them up for long-term success.

EXPERT FACILITATION

'Confidence Accelerator' sessions are facilitated by expert speaker Alicia Caldwell or another qualified professional trained in delivering transformative experiences for students, schools, and organizations. Sessions are infused with relatable, relevant, and resilience-focused lessons that participants can translate into action for their academic, personal, and relational success.

IN ESSENCE, YOU CAN EXPECT EXCELLENCE!

The 'Confidence Accelerator Program' serves as a comprehensive solution by addressing first-generation students' emotional, social, and skill-building needs.

 

A nurturing and inclusive environment allows for real-life conversations about real-world challenges and solutions that will serve as a foundation for continued growth as students explore who they are, who they want to be, and how to become that person.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn from an expert mental health speaker as well as each other as they share insights, hear stories of resilience, and gain practical tips, thereby expanding their toolbox for dealing with life's hardships with self-determination and mental endurance.

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The session topics are tailored to meet the needs of the students, school, or organization.  The list below is the starting point for speaker requests.

CONFIDENCE ACCELERATOR

SELF-CONFIDENCE

This workshop explores practical strategies for building and sustaining self-confidence, particularly for first-generation students navigating academic and professional environments. Participants will learn to identify limiting beliefs, develop self-affirmation practices, and cultivate a growth mindset to bolster their confidence and resilience.

MENTAL MASTERY

In this workshop, students will gain insights into managing stress, emotional intelligence, and nurturing mental well-being. Techniques such as mindfulness, stress reduction exercises, and growth mindset strategies will be shared to help students optimize their cognitive performance and emotional resilience.

HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS

Focusing on interpersonal dynamics, this workshop equips attendees with tools to cultivate and maintain healthy relationships. Students will delve into effective communication techniques, boundary-setting strategies, and conflict resolution skills, empowering them to foster positive connections both personally and professionally.

SELF-CARE 101

Self-care is essential for academic success and overall well-being. This workshop introduces practical self-care practices tailored to the unique challenges faced by first-generation students. Participants will explore self-care routines, stress management techniques, and the importance of prioritizing mental and physical health amidst academic and personal demands.

30, 60, AND 90 MINUTE SPEAKER SESSIONS AVAILABLE

STILL NOT SURE? ANSWERS TO YOUR QUESTIONS ARE A CONVERSATION AWAY!

The ‘Confidence Accelerator Program’ is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills to elevate self-confidence. Through an engaging blend of interactive lessons, group activities, and personal growth exercises, students will embark on an empowering journey of self-discovery and personal development. By the end of this course, students will recognize and possess the tools to nurture unwavering confidence.

 

Each group session will be 30-45 minutes.

In-person and virtual options are available.

BOOK ORDERS

Do you want to purchase a copy of The Journey Back to Self for each of your staff members, event attendees, or students? Contact us today for discounted rates on orders of 20 or more copies.

First-generation students bring unique strengths and struggles to their educational journey. Let's help them overcome obstacles and recognize their greatness together!

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Perfect For:

  • Orientation/First-Year Experience

  • First-Gen Student Events

  • TRiO Students

  • Pre-College High School Seniors

  • Youth Empowerment Conferences

  • Graduations

Contact us to inquire about Alicia's availability to speak at your school, university, or student event.

PLEASE NOTE:

Alicia Caldwell does charge a speaker fee for her services. When possible and at her discretion, she will occasionally lower or waive her speaker fee to accommodate events, programs, and organizations that support underserved student populations.

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