The VISIBLE Workshops
Imagine our young people as entrepreneurs who hold the vision of how they define themselves with honor and integrity towards others. Imagine them attaining the skill of using their imagination and thoughts to strengthen this positive vision of themselves. Imagine them easily feeling proud to set healthy boundaries motivated by self-discipline that serve their entrepreneurial Self.
This will be entrepreneurship in action that effects positive change in every area. This is a skill our youth must master to enhance their lives. Therefore, the VISIBLE Workshops focus on a number of key concepts:
- Communicating effectively with others even in times when they feel challenged
- Defining dignity, courage, respect, boundaries, and honor for themselves and towards others
- Respecting their ‘No’ and that of others
- Defining and holding their personal boundaries with esteem
- Clarifying why listening to oneself is more beneficial than listening to others when it feels wrong
- Establishing how they define themselves as an Entrepreneur
- Determining how their definition as an Entrepreneur will make an impact in the world
- Identifying themselves with the voice of their best self
- Developing forgiveness towards themselves and others
- Recognizing patterns that are unhealthy and knowing how to break them
- Learning to recognize and celebrate their success verses only recognizing where they have failed
- Identifying the safe people in their life
- Using their emotions as the ‘gut’ to gauge their choices to trust themselves
- Hearing the voice in their head as a cheerleader to their core values
- Letting go of the voices of others who wish to define them in ways that are not productive
- Teaching consent and defining what is acceptable to them
- Discerning when they are being bullied and/or disempowered
- Learning how to deal with anger
- Teaching to live with Self-acceptance of who they are
- Appreciating the differences in themselves and others
Language Your Life®
In the Language Your Life® series, the students explore the influence of their words and learn to shift their language into an empowering and valuable tool.
Visualization Technology® is a systematic self-awareness tool where students will learn to utilize their imagination to create new beliefs and update old ones that no longer serve them.
Relationship Architecture teaches youths to identify healthy peer-relationships which increases their success and their ability to manage conflict with their peers.
Developing Positive Core Values Through the VISIBLE Workshop
Everything that we become in life and everything that we create is based on how we define ourselves and what we believe is possible. How we choose to define ourselves is what creates our choices, which in turn create our lives.
When our definition of our self stems from what we truly value in ourselves, we build a life from choices that support and reinforce these values. Therefore, our life is built from the positive principles visible from within which create the world that is a visible match to this, and these positive principles develop from our early childhood through to our college years.
Early Childhood Development
- Sense of self more on family then on peer group
- The world revolves around you or should, sense of safety is key
- Beginning the departure from home towards school life and the redefinition of self
- Childhood is disappearing with kids growing up too fast due to media influence, family changes, gender roles, etc.
- Predominant issues include- adapting to school life, bullying, self-esteem, family life, physical and emotional safety
The High School Experiment
- Peer focus is central along with self-definition
- Sense of self and what society expects is central
- Experimenting with decision making and power of choice
- Gender roles and sexuality, experimentation active phase, GLTBQ (gay, lesbian, transexual, bisexual, and questioning) issues begin
- Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death
- By senior year: 21% get high, 41% abuse alcohol, 20% meet criteria for depressive episode and 1/6 will have thoughts of suicide, only 1/3 of those will receive any help whatsoever
- Predominant issues include- academic and peer pressures/social influences, onset, and development of mood disorders especially anxiety and depression which often run concurrently with eating disorders, conduct disorders, self-injury behaviors, anger management, emotional self-regulation issues, etc.
The Changing Focus in Middle School
- Orientation towards peer group solidifies
- Sense of self versus other and what society expects
- Gender roles pressured and pushed, experimentation of roles begins
- Age of onset for most mental health disorders (especially mood disorders such as depression and anxiety). Reasons include changes in the brain, hormonal changes of puberty, etc.
- At this time through college issues include tunnel vision, lack of life experience, “all or nothing” mentality, lack of power in decision making, etc.
- Predominant issues include- peer influences, bullying, cyber issues (online bullying, sexting, etc), common time of onset of mental health issues, school pressures, navigating social influences, body image issues arise along with changes in body
College Years & the Future Self
- Sense of self, society and discovery
- Figuring out one’s future and adult self
- Substance abuse and experimentation are common
- GLTBQ issues rampant
- Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death
- Predominant issues include further manifestation of mental health disorders, academic pressures, “who am I and where do I need to/want to go”, financial pressures, further individualization.