The Best Gift To Give
A Student Is A Future

Harvard University accepted 895 students to the Class of 2024 from a pool of 6,424 who applied under the early action program (12/2019).

Should your child choose to go to Harvard University or another university, our goal is to increase their readiness with resources designed to get them there.

It was Whitney Young who eloquently stated, “It is better to be prepared for an opportunity and not have one, than to have an opportunity and not be prepared.”


Every day millions of families look forward to their children attending school. From pre-K through college, students are being equipped with knowledge and skills that are designed to benefit them for a lifetime.

To summarize our philosophy, as the founder of AchieveAhead, LLC, the song, “Greatest Love of All,” popularized by Whitney Houston, says it best “I believe the children are our future, teach them well and let them lead the way. Show them all the beauty they possess inside. Give them a sense of pride to make it easier. Let the children’s laughter remind us how we used to be.”

AchieveAhead, LLC is an educational and training company designed to ‘bridge the gap’ between classroom performance and career readiness. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, the company was founded by Dr. Jeffery Ryans.

Dr. Ryans, a former nine-year educator, fourteen-year corporate executive and seventeen-year entrepreneur, feels the primary reason why most students suffer academically is not because of their lack of ability to learn but more so because of their lack of exposure. “When students discover their interests, their whole world changes due to their new perspective of self-esteem, academic performance, and career development.”

Our mission is to provide high-quality and impactful resources that increase student development and helps them to achieve in the upper percentile of their class.

Bring out the success in every student.

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Young Students Are Often Asked

Young Students Are Often Asked...

“What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?”

Studies show Career exploration and awareness begins in elementary school. Children also start to realize not only their strengths and weaknesses, but also activities and hobbies they enjoy doing.

In the United States, the national average is ONE school counselor for every 482 students (K-12 Public Schools). With this type of ratio, it is impossible for all students to receive adequate academic and career counseling.

According to recent surveys, an estimated 20 to 50 percent of students enter college as undecided about their major; an estimated 75 percent of students change their major at least once before graduation. reveal that 44% of undergraduates are unable to define the industry they would like to work in once they graduate.

Bookstores (retail & online) sell millions of products (books, cards, etc.) each year. Very few products identify and simplify career aspirations that AchieveAhead products provide. We are excited about leading the way!





“Research Proven—Aspirations Begin Early.” A new study reveals modern parents view age 5 as the right time to begin plotting out and looking ahead for their children’s future career. This product includes illustrations, children’s interests, career explanations, career likes, props, and activity ideas.

Product:  (66) 4×6 cards; Front & Back




“Happier Students Achieve Higher Grades.” Why are some students happier than others? We asked sixty-six students to tell us what creates their happiness. This product is designed to help students, teachers, and parents provide an atmosphere of happiness that will ultimately increase the students’ overall success. 

Product:  (66) 4×6 cards; Front & Back




“We Can Be Anything – We Just Need To Know Our Options.” This product will help students develop a vision of their career path. Sixty-six careers are included plus bonus cards, illustrations, career likes, industry definitions, interesting facts, education requirements, average annual compensations, viewpoints, skills, and activities.

Product: (66) 4×6 cards; Front & Back + Glossary




“A Passion For Justice”. There are several possible career opportunities for those considering a legal profession. Lawyers, paralegals, and judges are three of the most popular. This product includes the roles and responsibilities of sixty-six legal careers including attorneys, police officers, firefighters and many more. 

Product: (66) 4×6 cards; Front & Back+ Glossary




“You Were Made To Make More Than A Living, You Were Made To Make A Difference.” Becoming a doctor is a dream of many students. There are different career paths one can choose to practice. This product includes definitions, benefits, and challenges to help students simplify their career choice in the medical field. 

Product: (66) 4×6 cards; Front & Back + Glossary




Not All Knowledge Comes From Universities.” It is a given that parents want success for their children.  With this hope in mind, they get stuck on a four-year degree and do not see the shortage of tradespeople until they hire a craftsman and have to write a check. Discover sixty-six trade careers that may or may not required a 4-year degree. 

Product: (66) 4×6 cards; Front & Back+ Glossary




“If I Knew Then What I Know Now!” Children often hear these words expressed by parents or elders who have gained life experiences. The road to success can be followed by achievers sharing their experiences. This product includes sixty-six journeys of successful people and their insights. Parents may also find this resource helpful in their own career paths.

Product: (66) 4×6 cards; Front & Back+ Glossary




“Sometimes Bad Things Happen To Good Students.” When a juvenile commits a crime it is often handled differently in the court system. Special courts and judges are set up to handle juvenile cases. Our product is designed to take a proactive approach in hopes of preventing students from participating in any criminal activity before an arrest is made.

Product: (66) 4×6 cards; Front & Back+ Glossary




“Some Students Are Just Not Destined To Be Employees!” The dream of entrepreneurship (your own boss) is something most people think about. Why wait to start a business? The sixty-six student entrepreneurs identified in this product did not wait until they were out of school to start their business. They were just like you…learning in a classroom. 

Product: (66) 4×6 cards; Front & Back + Glossary




“From Vision To Reality.” Don’t let the term ‘small’ mislead you. Small Business is defined by the Small Business Association (SBA) as a company with fewer than 500 employees. Today, especially with the help of technology, students can develop a business from home or even their dorm room while in school.

Product: (66) 4×6 cards; Front & Back+ Glossary




“It’s No Secret How Some Students Achieve Ahead.” It’s never too early or too late to start learning about financial literacy, but the earlier the better. This product is designed to help students gain a healthy relationship with money and a better understanding of how money works for various career lifestyles.

Product: (66) 4×6 cards; Front & Back+ Glossary




“Yes, We Did The Homework!” The cost of education continues to rise. Student out of pocket expenses are often determined by how much you don’t know opposed to how much you know. This product is designed to increase awareness of funds available prior to graduating from high school. 

Product: (66) 4×6 cards; Front & Back+ Glossary

AGES 10+



The vast majority of public two and four-year  colleges report enrolling students – more than half  a million of them who are not ready for college level work (Hechinger Report). A well-planned student prior to arriving on campus is a huge benefit. This product identifies a college preparation checklist of items beginning in middle school throughout high school. Some students refer to it as a guide, most parents think of it as a lifesaver.

Product:  (66) 4×6 cards; Front & Back + Glossary

AGES 10+



“Success Looks Good On You.” Walking across the graduation stage to receive your degree is a huge accomplishment. A new chapter of life begins. Choices are made which may include full-time employment, first or second college degree, joining the military, and others. You have demonstrated the abilities to accomplish more. Enclosed are career tips, secrets and $100k income opportunities. 

Product: (66) 4×6 cards; Front & Back+ Glossary




“See The Able Not The Label.” Rita Pierson said it best, “Every Child Deserves A Champion.” Students with special needs are not just of average intelligence, they are, in fact, incredibility bright. We outlined the four major types of students with special needs; the myths and misconceptions. “Unless you are raising a child with special needs, you can take everything you knew about parenting and throw it out the window.” 

Product:  (66) 4×6 cards; Front & Back+ Glossary




“Together We Achieve More.” From an early age, children should be taught how the political system works from their local community leaders up to the President of the United States. Teaching your child about politics is more than just making sure they vote. Politics governs everything we do in life, and is relevant even to young children as early as primary school. Examples include, children learning about fairness, sharing and equality.

Product: (66) 4×6 cards; Front & Back+ Glossary




“Spread The Good News.” Our nation is trending towards allowing the Bible to be taught in public schools. This product is designed to increase students’ knowledge of each ‘book’ within the Bible and its significance.  Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven” (Matt 19.14). Buy one and get one FREE to give to someone else. We also welcome the opportunity to provide both schools and churches with our products.

Product:  (66) 4×6 cards; Front & Back + Glossary




Her Smile Reminds Me Why We Are Good.” Single parent families are quite common nowadays.  They are characterized by the absence of one parent.  Kids who live with only one parent tend to develop independence faster than their peers. Factors single parents may not know can have a significant impact on their children and livelihoods. We’ve identified six areas to help. This product is also designed to open doors for many single parents.

Product: (66) 4×6 cards; Front & Back+ Glossary




Twenty-six (26) of forty-six (46) Presidents of the United States Were Lawyers.” The position of President is often referred to as the highest office in the land.   Although there is no specific field of study for students to choose to become the President, there are definitely certain skill sets that will help a person achieve this position.

This powerful resource will provide the following six highlights of each president as they entered the White House: 1)The Election, 2)Rise to the Top, 3)The Economy, 4)Significant Fact, 5)Education ,6)Personal information.

Product: (66) 4×6 cards; Front & Back+ Glossary




If only there was a ‘crystal ball’ where students could see how their career choices would have a major impact on their lifestyles. This game is designed to do just that! With over 500 career questions, this game provides a ‘reality check’ for students long before they graduate. Get ready to have fun and learn how to manage the money you earn based on the career randomly selected.

The purpose of the game is to learn about various careers, including roles and responsibilities, education requirements, society viewpoints, career definitions, and much more! Realistic challenges for everyday career choices such as: Mortgage/Rent payments, Car payments, Groceries, Utilities, Home Repairs and many others are included in the game. For parents, this game is a ‘Wake Up’ call for children in terms of money earned and money managed.


Product: Career Board Game; Number of Players  (2-6)




Future Professional Athlete

“I really like the variety of products they offer. I can see why the company is called Achieve Ahead! My mom said she wish she would have had these at my age.”


Georgia Tech Graduates
Tarez & Alvin

“The information is invaluable to students as well as parents. Our three daughters will be more advanced with these resources than we were at their ages.”


Ms. Malone

“As a teacher for the past 30 years, I am excited about these learning tools and how they can help students of all ages aspire in their educational and career paths.”


The Roth Firm
Jim Roth

“Education is a critical element of success. I have known Dr. Ryans for the past five years and consider him a man with integrity and a passion to help others.”

Students need Help?

Discover Our 4 Successful Coaching Platforms

Even “GREAT PARENTS” need help sometimes. Our coaching sessions are designed to uncover the vision and success within your child. We provide four different types of coaching and counselling formats. For a free parent consultation, please email us at and we will be glad to arrange an initial phone consultation..




Pre-K is a foundation year for most children. The initial exposure to school sets the tone for their educational career. Lets begin!


How can a student aspire to a career if he or she doesn't know it even exists? Career Days are great but much more is needed.

Middle School

Research has identified middle school as a time when students can benefit the most from career exploration. Discover how our products can help.

High School

School systems nationwide are being challenged to re-think their approach to career readiness. Our products and services help lead the way.


According to a recent survey of 3000 students, choosing the right major was their #1 concern.
We can help.


Learning doesn't end once you've left the classroom setting. For many, life experiences have just begun. Career, finances, family, and more.

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Preschool children are inquisitive and curious about the world around them. Types of jobs and the people who do them are often introduced to young children as “helpers” or “community friends.” Meeting real people who do the jobs they are learning about creates an exciting atmosphere in the classroom. Reading books about different careers also adds to the learning experience.

Preschool is when most children start learning about all of the different career-related possibilities their futures may hold, which is why exposing children to a variety of careers at an early age can play a major role in the direction a child’s life takes.

Whether it’s through dramatic play outfits, posters and books, and/or puzzles and games, incorporating various career-related materials in learning centers and the overall classroom environment is essential to helping children learn about different careers.

Source: Davis, Larry. “Career Day Ideas for Preschool.” Work –, Accessed 29 March 2020.


Research shows that it is evident that the early exposure to career awareness and interventions beginning at the elementary level is critical to the college and career readiness of students. Since career development involves a life-long process that begins during early childhood, there is a clear need for evidence-based college and career readiness interventions for elementary students. Since the formation of personal and career self-concepts occur at such an early age, proactive and intentional guidance to support the exploration of careers while building college expectations should be further explored.

Source: Pulliam, N., & Bartek, S. (2018).  College and Career Readiness in Elementary Schools.


Career exploration engages middle school students at a time when they are at a higher risk for disengaging from learning due to challenges in forming identity, coping with puberty and navigating new environments. It also capitalizes on their developing abilities to think abstractly, and their preferences for teamwork and active learning through relevant real-life scenarios. These preferences make middle school a natural time for students to learn about careers and develop skills such as problem solving, critical thinking and teamwork through career exploration activities.

Source: Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE). (2017)


By 2020, 65 percent of all jobs, and 92 percent of traditional STEM jobs, will require postsecondary education and training. College- and career-ready (CCR) graduates should be able to enter and succeed in entry-level postsecondary courses without the need for remediation.

Many of the skills a CCR (Career College Readiness) graduate has are obtained through academics.  The skills most demanded by colleges and employers are, by design, inherent in rigorous K-12 expectations – the ability of students to communicate effectively (both verbally and in written communications), to solve problems, to think critically and develop informed arguments, and to analyze information and data.

Source: Achieve (2018).  College and Career Readiness:  All students should graduate from high school ready for college, careers, and life, prepared to choose the future of their choosing.  


Research (10 million students and educators from 13,000 schools nationwide) indicates that the current approach to college and career readiness is too narrow. Traditionally, the focus of college and career readiness (CCR) includes three areas: academic skills, career knowledge and college knowledge. The current approach omits the life skills that students need to be successful after they are admitted to college or begin a career. Hobsons’ report expands the definition of CCR to include six competencies that students must achieve to not only enroll in college and find careers, but also succeed once they are there: academic skills, career knowledge, college knowledge, interpersonal skills, self knowledge, and transition skills.

Source: Naviance By Hobsons. Report Finds Need To Expand College and Career Readiness (2018).  


While transitioning to college immediately after high school may not be the right choice for everyone, there indeed are some significant benefits you need to consider. Here are some things you should think about when deciding whether to take a year off before college:

Some studies have shown that many students who wait instead of going to college immediately after high school never end up going at all. If you take a job right after high school, you may find yourself putting it off year after year, and it could hurt you in the long run.

According to a Huffington Post report, those who choose not to go to college at all make as much as $800,000 less than college graduates over the course of their lifetime. Even if you only take a year off, you could be cutting into your lifetime salary.

Source: Barrington, K. (2019).  Should Your Child Go to College Right After High School


“When you finish college and begin your first job or internship, you’ll be keen to learn all you can and impress your employer so you can start on the path to promotions and raises. But the important thing that you might not see amidst all this excitement is the great idea that could someday become a great business or entrepreneurial venture.

I’ve found the most interesting employment that life offers is often something of your own creation that you do full time or in addition to your main job. So, after you graduate from college, take the time to identify a venture that you’d like to do by yourself or with friends, and start building it. One day, you’ll be glad you started early.”

– Testimonial:  Washington Wachira