Hello! My name is Gautam Arunkumar. I wanted to share my experience about the STYLE program with you all.
I read about the program from an article written by Rahul. I was excited to see what this is about and asked my mom. Since I am in 6th grade, my mom said I am not eligible until 7th grade. However, she reached to the STYLE coordinators to see if I can attend one session and see what it is about. They agreed and I attended the sessions on (i) Time Management and (ii) Kaizen.
The program had hands-on activity. For Kaizen, we were split into 4 teams and each team had to complete a given task and then move to the next one. We started with packing a backpack with books, pencil case, lunch pail, etc. We packed everything inside the bag and closed it considering ‘job done’. When the coordinators pointed out how the bag was looking ‘bulky’ and ‘out of shape’, we wanted to repack it again. When we did the second time, the bag looked well organized and ‘in shape’. That is the way of Kaizen- continuous improvement. I greatly encourage everybody who reads this article to attend STYLE. I learned a lot of new things and I am sure it will help others as well. Can’t wait to join the program next year.