Youth Programs for Different Age Groups
ART Excel (Ages 8-13)
The ART Excel supports the overall well-being of children by teaching them a variety of empowering techniques that foster peace of mind, mental clarity and focus, physical relaxation, and emotional stability. This course is taught through games and activities where students learn valuable lessons in sharing with others, working and playing in harmony, and developing a sense of belonging with others. Children become more self-expressive, comfortable and natural with diverse groups of people. Activities such as making a new friend each day and random acts of kindness help students to become aware of the needs of others and encourage the integration of human values into their daily lives.
The Youth Empowerment Seminar - YES! (Ages 14-17)
The Youth Empowerment Seminar (YES!) for ages 14-17 is dedicated to providing youth with a healthy body, a healthy mind, and a healthy lifestyle. We do this by offering youth practical tools and life skills to manage stress and emotions. When students learn how to manage their stress in a healthy way, they exhibit greater confidence and motivation to succeed in school and make healthy choices when faced with life's challenges.
Young people face emotional issues such as low self-esteem, depression and anxiety that are a source of great stress, which inhibits learning. Without a healthy alternative, children often turn to unhealthy strategies to cope with these problems including: smoking, alcohol or drugs, aggression and violence, and withdrawal from social interaction. As children learn to reduce stress and manage emotions they gain the ability to focus and perform well academically at school, as well as the ability to build more positive relationships with their peers, parents, and teachers.
The Healthy Body module encourages physical fitness and healthy food choices through:
The Healthy Mind module includes stress management and relaxation techniques that encourage a positive mental attitude through:
The Healthy Lifestyle module includes social emotional learning and life skills in conflict resolution through:
Know Your Child | Know Your Teen (For parents)
Know Your Child (KYC) and Know Your Teen (KYT) are 2-hour workshops for parents to help them better understand their children/teenagers and make parenting a joyful adventure. KYC and KYT examine the root cause of the behavioral patterns that children and teenagers exhibit, and equip parents with the knowledge to help them blossom to their fullest potential. The two workshops give parents an insight into how children/teenagers think.
“After the breathing I feel calm and more energized and ready to take on anything we have to do, like any schoolwork. I feel confident and that I can take on anything the teacher throws at me.
”- Tyler, Walt Disney Magnet School, Chicago
37,457 Students taught
78% My anger and frustration reduced
83% My focus is improved
78% My stress and worry is reduced
Total Students 7,333
Total Courses 28
Total Schools 18
Dates 10/28 - 2/11