The Youth Empowerment Seminar (YES!) is a program designed to help youth and adults deal with stress and anxiety through breathing techniques, reflection, and mindfulness. The program has been shown to increase positivity, optimism, self-image, grades in school, and pro-social behavior. At the same time, it decreases violence, stress, emotional outbursts, and pessimism. There are training curriculums for students and educators available.
Managing stress and negative emotions in a healthy way
Rationale: Peace, responsibility, commitment, respect, compassion, trust, honesty, nonviolence, and service to community. These are qualities that schools and adult leaders desire to instill in youth. However, stress, one of the most common aspects of modern life, prevents that from happening. Learning doesn’t exist if minds are full of stress – it’s like trying to plant seeds in rocky soil. Providing clear strategies to deal with this unavoidable aspect of life creates a happier, healthier and successful learning environment.
Approach: The YES! Leadership Workshop offers techniques that inspire, empower and engage educators and community leaders to make these human values a living reality for the young people who are our future. It’s open to those interested in helping support the needs of our youth. Experiencing interactive processes of creativity, responsibility, purpose and commitment are the cognitive aspects of this 12-hour workshop. Powerful tools are taught which access the power of breath, at a physiological level, removing toxins from the body, increasing mental clarity and uplifting energy and awareness. All possibilities are available to a mind skilled in managing stress and negative emotions in healthy ways. A first step toward uplifting the essential human values so essential for young people to live successful lives.
What to Wear: Comfortable clothes such as sweat pants, yoga pants, shorts (no pajamas, skirts, or dresses) for light stretching and moving around
What to Bring: Yoga mat (if you have one – if not, one will be provided for you), light blanket, and pillow
What to Drink: Please bring your own Water Bottle. Drink lots of water!
What to Eat: Healthy snacks (fruit or granola bars), lighter foods
Note: Course space (gym and/or classroom) will be a “no shoe” zone; please feel free to be barefoot or sport your favorite socks!
Your Course Will Also Include:
- Stretching and low-impact yoga for health, circulation, and relaxation.
- Advanced breathing techniques that bring energy and rest to the body and mind.
- Skills for handling stress and negative emotions and situations.
- Practical wisdom for improving focus at work and harmony in relationships.
For Youth (Students, Athletes, and Artists):
YES! for Schools 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. Our 30-hour experiential learning curriculum includes three modules: Healthy Body, Healthy Mind, Healthy Lifestyle.
Upcoming YES! trainings for youth include:
New training dates coming soon!
Journey House Junior Packers won the 2016 Citywide Football Championship (age division 9 to 11 year olds). Our Scholar Athletes used power breath techniques during practices, before each game and at half-time. Our players reported that Power Breath helped gave them energy and helped them focus during games.
For Adults (Educators, Coaches, Parents, Leaders, Friends, and Neighbors):
The YES! Educator’s Leadership Course is a personal development program for educators and administrators. It is designed to strengthen the individual through practical tools and life skills to manage stress and emotions, improve performance, increase job satisfaction, and support well-being. When implemented within a school, it is a powerful staff experience, uplifting morale, engendering connectedness, and fostering open, dynamic teamwork and communication.
YES! for Educators, Coaches and Leaders
The YES! Educator’s Leadership Course is a personal development program for educators, coaches, administrators, and leaders It is designed to strengthen the individual through practical tools and life skills to manage stress and emotions, improve performance, increase job satisfaction, and support well-being. When implemented within a school or community center, it is a powerful leadership experience, uplifting morale, engendering connectedness, and fostering open, dynamic teamwork and communication.
YES! for THRIVE Career Interns
October 2 to October 5, 2017
Teaching Team: Mr. Turner and Ms. Rosa
9 AM to Noon
January 8 to January 11, 2018
Teaching Team: Ms. Ann and Ms. Maria
9 AM to Noon
April 9 to April 12, 2018
Teaching Team: Ms. Melissa and Coach Dre
9 AM to Noon
Art of Meditation Course Participants (November 3, 2016)
Front Row: LouRawls Burnett, Glorianne Mather, Sandra Dempsey, Dr. Michele Bria, Rosa Perez, Maria Acevedo, Angel Mercado, and Rafael Espino
Second Row: Martin Weddle, Jennifer Avery, Tyna Rule, Beverly Walker, Melissa Jerke, Kevin Turner, Bill Herman, Dra’vonn Bankhead, and Charles Brown