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Bill of Responsibilities Series

The Teen Bill of Responsibilities Course
Starts Jan 28, 2013
at Los Angeles Southwest College

If you have rights, you have responsibilities.

The Teen Bill of Responsibilities Course is based on the Teen Bill of Responsibilities book.

The Course is FREE to all schools and students. Students will learn:
• If you have rights, you have responsibilities
• The difference between “blame” and “responsibility”
• The Power of Personal Responsibility

Guided Discussion.
Students discuss questions asked by the teacher, drawing from their own life experiences. Neither the teacher nor the author “tells” the students what to think. Using the Guided Discussion method, teachers teach students how to think, not what to think.


Course Topics:
1. General discussion of responsibility
2. Personal Responsibility as it pertains to Family
3. Personal Responsibility as it pertains to School and Friends
4. Personal Responsibility as it pertains to Neighborhood, Community and Country
5. Personal Responsibility as it pertains to Tolerance
6. The Power of Personal Responsibility

The Class Consists of Two Parts
The class will be given on Mondays from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The Teen Bill of Responsibilities Course takes about 45 minutes. Therefore, the remaining 45 minutes will be filled with various activities, including additional speakers, college preparation assistance, advice about obtaining financial aid for college, some tutoring, homework assistance, and developing strategies for success in school. Activities provided during this 45-minute segment will vary depending on the needs and desires of each individual class, the expertise of the teachers, and availability of speakers.

Additional Speakers

The Course will periodically provide speakers from the community to talk to students about issues pertinent to the course and of interest to students. For example, we may have business leaders come in and talk about how taking personal responsibility can lay the foundation for starting a business, launching a successful career, or raising capital to promote a new idea.

Click HERE to see PDF of Teen Bill of Responsibilities Course: Lesson 1 

 The Teen Bill of Responsibilities Book

This is a book about teens, their choices and their responsibility for those choices. It’s a book that is meant to be used even more than it is meant to be read. When the reader is finished with it, most of the pages will contain the reader’s words, the reader’s ideas and the reader’s realizations.


As teenagers transition from childhood to adulthood, naturally they want more rights, more options. They want to be treated differently, and with more respect. They want to have more control over their lives and make more decisions that affect them.

Each chapter is divided into three parts. The first part includes examples of rights and responsibilities that pertain to the chapter topic. For example:

I have the right to be offended by
what someone says or does.
I have a responsibility to realize that not
everything that offends me is necessarily offensive.

The second part includes a typical right the reader might have that pertains to the chapter topic. Several blank lines immediately follow each right in this section. They are provided for the reader to write what he thinks his responsibility would be for that particular right. For example:

I have the right to expect my parents to be proud of me.
I have the responsibility to ______________

The third part allows the reader to come up with his own “right and responsibility” examples. The only rule is that the examples fall under the category of the chapter topic.

I have the right to___________________
I have the responsibility to___________________

Another way to use the book is to read parts of it aloud and discuss it with friends. The author advises that participants keep an open mind and use real examples from their own lives.

A third way to understand the ideas in this book is to take the Teen Bill of Responsibilities Course, which is available for free to elementary schools, middle schools, high schools and homeschools. Click here to contact us about adapting (at no charge) an existing course to fit your specific needs, e.g., the elementary student level course for students in a rural area is different in subject matter from the high school level course for students in New York City.

Understanding the connection between rights and responsibilities provides teenagers with the tools to handle life’s challenges more effectively. It also provides them with the wisdom to use their power in ways that will leave this world a better place than they found it.

Click the link below for a FREE PDF download of Teen Bill of Responsibilities Course Facilitator’s Manual.

Facilitators Manual V11.1 

The Corporate Bill of Responsibilities

Companies of all sizes have a social, economic, and environmental impact on their communities. It’s easy to see that employees and stockholders are directly and negatively impacted when corporations and their executives are not held accountable for their actions. At the same time Corporate America creates jobs, provides benefits, and produces goods and services this country cannot do without. When people lose faith in Corporate America, every American is hurt.

Author Stephen Smoke has written a business book that is different from any other book of its kind. Corporate Bill of Responsibilities is an interactive experience that offers employers, employees, and the general public a template for being part of the solution instead of part of the problem. Using the Socratic Method and Guided Discussion techniques, the book provides a process that employees and employers can use to experience their own revelations about responsibility and values in the workplace and in their personal lives.

When all employees, from the CEO to the person running the mailroom, understand and adopt quality corporate values, and are able to use those values to make decisions in their own spheres of responsibility, then a thousand employees become one entity moving in the same direction. The traditional vertical company becomes more horizontal. Satisfaction and reward are more evenly distributed, and a company has the potential to grow and not just change.

CEOs: Learn how to lead by example, inspire others, increase morale and minimize company politics. Learn how to determine, then publish and effectively implement corporate values and ethical standards.

Managers: Learn how best to motivate employees and create an atmosphere of “fairness, not fear” in the workplace.

Employees: Learn to clarify thier rights and responsibilities at work. Discover how to achieve personally and professionally at work, and how to communicate openly without fear of recrimination.

The Corporate Bill of Responsibilities gives readers a unique and no-nonsense guide to balancing corporate rights with corporate responsibilities, and individual rights with individual responsibilities. It is the author’s hope that corporations, employees and the community will understand the important synergies they share, and that they will all act on that knowledge in a more responsible manner that benefits them all.

A Corporate Bill of Responsibilities ONE DAY SEMINAR will soon be available, in either an online or on site format. For more information please Click Here.