Contact Launch Program Specialists Leslie Interiano or Claudia Amaya to schedule Launch for your school, program or student.

Registration is OPEN for Houston-area Summer 2015 Launch workshops. Contact Sarah Baker (713-468-8211 ext 200 or Sarah. or Heather Frantz (713-468-8211 or with DASH Programs at Duchesne Academy to register.

High School Sessions, $225

  • June 8th – June 12th, 1:30 – 3 p.m.
  • July 6th – July 10th, 1:30 – 3 p.m.

Middle School Sessions, $225

  • June 8th – June 12th, 1:30 – 3 p.m.
  • July 6th – July 10th, 1:30 – 3 p.m.

I am going to tell my friends that everyone needs this workshop to plan their future. – Jennifer, High School Junior

I am really grateful about this…I have been so confused about what I want/why I chose things…and now I know. – Eric, High School Senior

The strategies I learned from 825 Basics have dramatically changed my perspectives, actions and attitude. I gained the confidence to take my career where I want it to go! – Fran, Nursing Student, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston


Launch is based on the book, You Can’t Eat Your Degree, by 825 Basics founders Tricia Berry and Danielle Shield.



BE Confident. BE Empowered. BE Successful. BELIEVE in yourself! LAUNCH yourself into college, adulthood and career!

Launch is a unique life development program specifically designed for students exploring their high school, college and career options, writing college essays, or participating in college or job interviews.

Launch is all about helping students believe in themselves. Through Launch, students will BE confident, BE empowered, and BE successful in their school and career choices.


Through Launch we expect students to…

  • Launch…into a better understanding of their interests, values and goals
  • Launch…into major and college decisions with a personalized direction
  • Launch…into their own high school, college, career and life success story


Launch has innovative, hands-on activities that help students:

  • Acquire a vision of their strengths, weaknesses, likes and dislikes
  • Talk about themselves in a clear and concise way
  • Know who they are to make the right choice and cope with college and career pressure
  • Accept personal differences as possible assets
  • Turn criticism into positive action
  • Define realistic personal objectives tailored to who they are
  • Tools to use throughout high school, college and into their career
  • Words, phrases and their own story to answer the questions “tell me about yourself” and “what do you want to be when you grow up”