Lives We’ve Touched
You have to be happy with yourself before you can think of making others happy.
I have become more in touch with who I am and with who I want to be.
There are many good qualities in each of us, but sometimes in life we forget about them. These need to be rediscovered. These are all a beautiful part of us.
I think this is the most profound experience I have ever shared with my daughter. When I arrived to attend the mandatory parent meeting I kept thinking to myself, mandatory Parent meeting? What went on here that they need to have a meeting with the parents? I was directed to a hall with the other parents to wait for this meeting to start. I kept thinking to myself, why all the secrecy?
I admit I was nervous. Finally the Empowering Minds™ Team Coach arrived to announce that from the time the teens got off the bus they immediately took them out of their comfort zone. They told us the difference between this training and other training of this nature. This training was no cuddle festival, they allowed the students to fail at their challenges, and if they failed they got to keep at it till they succeeded. With that all parents received some letters that our children wrote as they were going through this training.
When I reflect on the Graduation ceremony, I think of it as life changing. We as parents were ushered into the graduation room, the teens standing on the perimeter of the room. I, like every other parent there was looking for my daughter. Finally I spot her; she doesn’t look too much worse for wear (I can start to relax). I watch as the students clap and cheer for their peers, amazed and moved, as every teen completes the task. Once completed the students were invited to share with the group their feelings about this experience. Teen after teen got up and conveyed how amazed they were at the experience they had just had, and empowered they felt how much they appreciated their own lives and futures.
I was taken back to the days of kindergarten, when my daughter was so excited every day with the new thing that she had learned. It was very obvious that what all of these children had learned on this occasion had brought back this enthusiasm, absolutely life changing! The parent sharing session was every bit as moving, it hits home for me how much we depend on and love our children. In closing, I just want to say thank you to Empowering Minds™ you are amazing people!
I am an educator at a CBE middle school and have been involved with our school’s leadership program for the last 10 years. About 3 years ago, I came in contact with Empowering Minds™ and their Teen Empowered U Camp while I was at a teacher’s convention and it seemed to be a good fit for what we were doing at our school. I have taken over 50 students through the leadership camp and the students always seem to come back to school with a newfound sense of confidence and a greater desire for helping out in the community. There is an old saying that, it is not the ship so much as the skillful sailing that assures the prosperous voyage. Through the Empowering Minds™ Empowerment Program, teenagers start to realize that they have the skills to navigate through their adolescent years and come out empowered and ready to make a difference.
“I have taken over 50 students through the leadership camp and the students always seem to come back to school with a newfound sense of confidence and a greater desire for helping out in the community. There is an old saying that, It is not the ship so much as the skillful sailing that assures the prosperous voyage. Through the Empowering Minds, teenagers start to realize that they have the skills to navigate through their adolescent years and come out empowered and ready to make a difference.”