NHRI Dictionary

Investment Relationship: One-to-One relationship between a Counselor and Junior Counselor (JC). The pair meets weekly, with the goal of the Counselor identifying and developing strengths in the JC, in order for the JC to use those developed strengths to build positive relationships with others.

Counselor: Outstanding college student leader, who is paired with an outstanding 1-12th grade student in the Lincoln area. In the Investment Relationship Model, the Counselor is the "Investor."

Junior Counselor (JC): 1st-12th grade student in the Lincoln area, specifically identified as a high potential leader. In the Investment Relationship Model, the JC is the "Investee," with the goal of investing in others.

Investment: The time and energy spent by a difference maker in order to help another person become better in some way. The difference maker, or investor, invests in the other person (investee).

Reinvestment: When the Investee (JC) uses his/her developed strengths in order to invest, or be a difference maker, for someone else, spending significant time and energy on that person's development. Thus, the investee becomes the investor, reaching the ultimate stage of the Investment Relationship: Reinvestment. Reinvestment is the formal term for the Ripple Effect (see below).

Ripple Effect: The end goal of NHRI. The Ripple Effect happens when an investor (Counselor) invests in the investee (Junior Counselor), and the Junior Counselor takes what he/she has learned from the Counselor to invest in someone else, who use his/her developed strengths to invest in another, and the cycle continues, like the ripple that forms from dropping a pebble into a still body of water.

Difference Maker: Someone who uses spends significant time and energy to help someone else become a better person. In the context of the Investment Relationship, a Difference Maker can also be referred to as an Investor.

Hot Button: A topic of conversation that a person could talk about all day. People tend to be visibly excited when their hot buttons come up in conversation. Finding Hot Buttons by asking open-ended questions is a key way of developing an investment relationship.

Project: Sub-division of NHRI. NHRI has 12 Counselor-Junior Counselor projects. Some projects are grade specific (Childs Project is 1-3, Preteen is 4-6, Junior is 7-9, and Teenage is 10-12), and some are school-specific (Park Middle School, Lux Middle School, East High School, Roper Elementary School, LDP at Lincoln High School, LDP Southeast at Lincoln Southeast High School.)

Staff Advisor: Responsible for shepherding the investment relationships within each project, and reporting on project happenings to the other staff advisors and the Executive Director at Staff Meetings. A Staff Advisor is the 'CEO' of an NHRI Project.

Co-Chair: A project Co-Chair is responsible for the logistics of the project's meetings and retreats, and has added responsibility to provide support to the counselors as they share one-on-one's at project meetings.

Retreat: When an entire project (both Counselors and JC's) gathers to build relationships among Counselors and Junior Counselors, and to have fun learning NHRI leadership principles. Retreats typically happen 1-3 times per semester.

ARD: Annual Recognition Day--a yearly celebration where all Counselors, Junior Counselors, and their families are invited to celebrate another outstanding year of difference making. Counselors and Junior Counselors create a symbol of their investment relationship, which is on display at ARD.

FDP: Foundations Development Project--Responsible for facilitating fun inter-NHRI experiences, such as NHRI formal and dodgeball. FDP is also involved with Leadership Council, ARD, t-shirts, and social media.

LDP: Leadership Development Project, based out of Lincoln High School.