Design to Win Academy
An Online Personal Development and Book Publishing School for Teens 13-19 Years
Parents! Make a Winning Investment in Your Child Now...
Help Your Teen to Get It Right Early...
(Before graduating high school)
Equip Them for a Lifetime of Success through the Design to Win Academy
AT DESIGN TO WIN ACADEMY, WE GIVE YOUR TEENS IN HIGH SCHOOL THE VISION, POWER AND SKILLS TO THRIVE AS A YOUNG ADULT FROM EARLY
We prepare them Now for the World of Online Work...
And give them special tools and skills Not Taught in High School
to have a fulfilling life & career from early.
- Is your teen artistic?
- Do they like to read or make videos?
- Are they good with Social Media?
- Is your teen interested in learning a new skill to earn an income while still in high school?
- Do you to want them be financially independent from early?
- Do you want to position them to be responsible young adults from early?
If so, enroll them Now in the Design to Win Academy.
We prepare teenagers to live successful adult lives by teaching them how to design their winning future and manage their lives, and develop a set of specialized skills in book publishing and marketing to work online, and earn an income helping authors to win before they leave high school.
THE PROBLEM & THE PRESCRIPTION
Problem: Our current education system does not adequately prepare our children for life after high school to thrive as young adults. Many adults wished we had learnt some things we learnt later in life at a young age because we would have made fewer mistakes and be further ahead in life.
Solution: The Design to Win Academy will change this by equipping our teens to get it right early. We will give them a better foundation to win as young adults.
Through our unique blend of personal development training, knowledge of the publishing industry and our work with authors, we will give them a taste of Work Online and some important keys to live as responsible and successful young adults (working, earning and managing their life well).
Your teens will Learn, Grow, Earn and Get a Taste of Adult Life and Work over the course of 12-15 months.
This winning program is based on the Amazon bestselling book, Design to Win Road Map and the Design to Win Young Achievers Road Map.
WHAT WILL YOUR TEENAGERS LEARN?
Through 10 short courses and an income generation practicum, your children will learn:
- How to plan for their future in 5-10 year blocks and determine their next steps in life
- How to be money smart
- Essential skills to have a career in book publishing and marketing for authors
- Multiple ways to earn an income helping authors via freelancing in the Gig Economy before leaving high school
- Habits of successful people
- Important values and keys to win holistically in their faith, finances, family life and future careers.
NOTE: This is a Christian led initiative, but we don't require you or your children to be Christians to participate. However, we will pray and refer to God and the Bible in the program.
WHAT WILL THE TRAINING DO FOR YOUR TEENS?
The Design to Win Training program will help your teens to:
- Avoid some of the mistakes you made as an adult
- Manage their lives better and get a head start in the world of Online Work and Freelancing
- Get a taste of entrepreneurship or choose a career in the book industry, graphic designing, marketing, animation etc.
- Prepare for college and learn how to access scholarships
- Form bonds with people from different countries.
- Ease the financial strain on parents
- Contribute towards their CSEC or CXC exam fees
- Save towards college tuition
- Open a bank account and learn to manage money from early
- Buy some of the gadgets or little things they need such as cellphones, tablets, shoes or clothes without asking parents
- Start saving towards home ownership from early
- Have an emergency fund.
EXAMPLES OF BOOK PUBLISHING SKILLS AND TEEN PROJECTS
Below are samples of the books a few Jamaican teens have helped to publish in 2021,
under the expert guidance of bestselling author x23 books and publishing coach, C. Ruth Taylor.
Click the book links to view their work and see their names on the copyright pages of the books.
Non-Fiction Book - Interior Formatting - Auntie Jo-Jo Goes Vegan - Jahlilee Heath
Children's Book Formatting - The Talkative Boy - Martin Williams
Book Illustration- Design to Win Young Achievers Road Map - Book Cover Image and Interior Illustrations - Martin Williams
Formatting: Design to Win Young Achievers Road Map - Daniel Williams
BEGINNER'S POOL OF PUBLISHING SKILLS TO CHOOSE FROM
Your teens can help authors and earn while still in high school using some of these basic skills and their natural gifts in:
- Cover designing
- Graphic designing - flyers, social media posts etc.
- Social Media Management
- Creating Illustrations/art work
- Video creation and editing
- Interior Book Formatting [compulsory for all]
- Creating PowerPoints
For January 2022, will be admitting 12 new teens into the program. See criteria below.
- Referral/Recommendation (High school teacher, pastor, J.P etc., not family member)
- School Report (Grade Point Average of at least B)
- Parental consent
- Strong desire to participate
- Securing sponsorship or signing the deferred payment plan
- Non-Refundable Registration Fee of US$20
No matter the option chosen, participants are expected to earn at least the equivalent of their tuition through the Income Generation Practicum and the Learn and Earn Challenge. They will be challenged to earn their first US$500-1000 in 6-12 months using the skills developed in the program.
OPTION A: Payment in Full (US$497 plus registration fee of US$20). This can be done by parents or through sponsorship.
OPTION B: Deferred Payment Plan (US$597 plus registration fee) - After paying the registration fee, participants will not pay any tuition upfront, but they will use their skills to work and pay their tuition with interest. Parents will sign a document to this effect.
OPTION C: Monthly Payment (US$59 over 10 months plus registration fee) - This can be done by parents or through sponsorship.
TIME COMMITMENT, BALANCING SCHOOL & OTHER FAQs
Q1. Will this program interfere with my child's school work?
A. Your child's formal education comes first. We will be mindful of their school's calendar to avoid clashes of assigning gigs during exams. The program is meant be like an extra curricula activity.
Note: It is better for teens to join the program before their final year in high school, so that it does not interfere with preparation for final exams (CSEC, CXC, CAPE etc.). If your child can manage both, we will still work with them but their income generation practicum will be postponed until after their final exams.
Q2. How long are the courses?
A. The courses are short, on average 2-4 hours followed by practice sessions. It is a blend of Live sessions, video tutorials and some reading exercises.
Q.3. How long is each session and where will these be held?
A. Live sessions will be held via Zoom twice per month for 60-90 minutes. Other communication will take place via email as part of the training for the Online World of Work. There may be one or two intensives or marathon if content cannot be covered in the regular timeframe.
Q4. How will the students earn?
A. The founder of the Academy is an author and an Indie Publisher. Participants will work as apprentices and get paid by working with real clients on real projects. They will also create a portfolio of their work to showcase their talents/skills, and parents and friends can spread the word so they can be hired. Later as adults, they can work as Freelancers, entrepreneurs or self-employed persons.
Q5. Can students withdraw at any point?
A. Participation is totally voluntary. Teens should not be forced or coerced to join the program.
Yes, they can withdraw at any point, but parents/sponsor will not get a full refund after 30 days in the program.
Q6. When does the Income Generation Challenge begin?
A. This starts as soon as the student shows mastery of a particular skill, and has proven they are able to deliver assignments on time and communicate consistently. It can be done over the Summer holidays like a summer job. There will be inhouse competitions as well to see who is ready for hire.
Q7. How will parents be kept abreast of the program and progress of their teens?
A. The program has a parenting support component. We will collaborate and meet with parents at set times to offer tips to help them to equip their teens to win and report on the progress of the teens. We cannot do this without the parents.
Q. 8: What if my child is 18 or 19 and wants to join the program, can they still join?
A. Once they are still in high school, they can join. We, however, prefer if they join the program before the regular school leaving age in high school and before they reach age 18 (adulthood).
Note: We have another academy (The Authorpreneur Secret$ Academy) that provides similar author support skills training and courses for adults who would like earn an income working with authors to publish, market and monetize their books. Those courses are offered at a higher cost and can be done individually.
DESIGN TO WIN PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
It gave me clarity on how I should go about my life goals and ways to get them. —M. Hay
It boosted my confidence overall towards my social life, work and business life. —J. Clarke
It expanded my mind and introduced me to a new perspective on successful persons. —R. Kentish
Helped me develop the mental and social ability to go through life. —N. Francis
It has encouraged me to be more vigilant and focused in attaining goals by acting on them. The course is extremely useful for building proper goals and life-long positive habits. —H. Spencer
It helped me to rate my progress whether I am improving or failing. —N. Collins
It opened my knowledge on the importance of saving and to always make a budget so that you can spend for solid reasons and also to make long term plans. —R. Robinson
Hello, I'm an Authorpreneur, bestselling author of over 20 books, an international speaker, trained educator and certified career coach from the beautiful island of Jamaica.
Since 2001, through speaking, writing, teaching, mentoring and coaching, I've helped thousands of people including many authors and youths to win in their personal lives and careers. I've spoken in 14 countries to thousands of people in Jamaica, countries in the wider Caribbean, Latin America and Africa.
In November 2018, I took on the challenge of writing 20 manuscripts in one year and by November 2019, the feat was accomplished.
Today, I teach experts to turn their knowledge, experience and skills into books which they can leverage for maximum impact and income and leave a legacy. I also teach publishing skills to equip people to make a living helping authors to win.
Frequently Asked Questions
Greetings Young Achievers!
Thank you for signing up for this life-changing learn and earn program. It's now time for action. Remember, to plan without acting is futile. We encourage you to complete the program.
Once finished, you may qualify for our Level 2 Author Support Specialization Program to further develop your skills and become part of our Publishing Skills Resource Center to continue to earn an income by helping authors to win. [Conditions apply]
You may also qualify for a scholarship towards your college tuition. [Conditions apply]