United Minds

empowering the next generation  



Nguyen Dinh Chieu School for the Blind in Ho Chi Minh City, August 4-15, 2014 

 (based on the research of H. Stephen Glenn and Jane Nelsen)


The goal of this summer’s program is to provide opportunities for children to develop the 7 resources of highly resourceful and capable people:

1.     Strong perceptions of personal capabilities 

“I am capable of facing problems and challenges and gaining strength and wisdom through experience.” 

2.     Strong perceptions of significance 

My life has meaning and purpose, and I contribute in unique and meaningful ways.” 

3.     Strong perceptions of personal influence over life 

“I can influence what I do in my life and am accountable for my actions and choices.” 

4.     Strong intrapersonal skills 

The ability to manage personal emotions through self-assessment, self-control, and self-discipline. 

5.     Strong interpersonal skills 

The ability to communicate, cooperate, negotiate, share, empathize, listen, and work effectively with people. 

6.     Strong systemic skills  

The ability to respond to the limits and consequences of everyday life with responsibility, adaptability, flexibility, and integrity. 

7.     Strong judgemental skills 

The ability to make decisions based on moral and ethical principles, wisdom, and understanding.

In the Summer of 2014, volunteers from many countries (Poland, Russia, United States, Vietnam and other) will meet at the Nguyen Dinh Chieu School for the Blind in HoChiMinh City to creatively engage the children in activities that develop the seven resources that have been proven to maximise the person’s potential for future success. Researches have shown that all the successful people scored high on each of the seven resources. Interestingly, the correlation between the development of the Magic Seven  and success in life  seems to be stronger than the correlation between educational level and success.    

The media through which the Magic Seven will be taught include:

-sound (music)

-movement (dance)

-dialog (discussion)

-drama (role-play)


-and more...


Program Supervisor and Academic Director: Dao Minh Thuy

Program Coordinator and Fundraising Director: Tran Dang Anh