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Teenagers in Park

I Believe in ME!

A Youth Empowerment Program Focused on Social and Emotional Learning

What Students Will Learn Through I Believe in ME!

I Believe in ME! is a youth empowerment program designed to share the concepts behind living more consciously and deliberately to create the life that one wants.  Created by Rebecca Psigoda, Certified Infinite Possibilities Trainer, this program is based on the principles outlined in the New York Times best-selling book, Infinite Possibilities: The Art of Living Your Dreams by Mike Dooley.  The intention of this program is to show youth how powerful they are and that if they can use their imagination, believe in themselves, and follow a few simple steps every day, they can create the life they want.

I Believe in Me
self awareness
Self Awareness
  • Identifying Emotions

  • Expressing Emotions

  • Mindfulness

  • Self-Esteem

  • Self-Confidence

Social Awareness
Social Awareness
  • Being Empathetic

  • Appreciating Diversity

  • Respecting Others

  • Being Compassionate

  • Appreciating Differences

Self Management
Self Management
  • Managing Emotions

  • Resilience

  • Managing Stress

  • Self-Motivation

  • Controlling Impulses

Relationships
Relationship Skills
  • Resolving Conflicts

  • Listening Actively

  • Cooperating

  • Teamwork

  • Communicating Effectively

Decision Making
Responsible Decision Making
  • Identifying Problems

  • Solving Problems

  • Thinking Critically

  • Setting Goals

  • Leadership

Program Overview

We offer workshops and individual coaching for kids aged 11-15 years old. 

The 1 hour program sessions and their intended benefits are as follows:

thoughts become things

Session #1 - Introduction 

Benefit – Get to know each other, the purpose of the program, the mutual agreements, and what to expect from the trainer and the program itself. Each participant is given a "toolbox" that they will use throughout the program. 

Session #2 - Thoughts Become Things

Benefit – To establish an understanding of the importance of choice in everything that one does in life beginning with what one thinks about.

Session #3 – Meditation and Visualizations

Benefit – To provide an introduction to the concepts of meditation and visualizations to increase awareness of one’s own mind and its’ ability to shift one’s life experience through intention.

Session #4 – Beliefs and Empowering Beliefs 

Benefit – To understand that this is where many of our thoughts and emotions come from. We have the ability to shift to beliefs that are more agreeable to achieving success. Limiting beliefs are what often hold us back. I will show how easy it is to shift into beliefs that help us achieve our goals and dreams.

heart coherence

Session #5 – Emotions

Benefit – Learning the importance of honoring our emotions as life’s feedback system but also to show our ability to shift them to ones that feel better when we are ready to move on.  This includes understanding that we have the ability to choose the emotions that we want in life whenever we like as opposed to waiting for life to provide circumstances for us to react to.

Session #6 – Mandalas

Benefit – To have a quiet reflective experience with a form of art that shows connection and creates a sense of calm.  Acknowledge the importance of art therapy as a choice for managing one’s own emotions.

Session #7– Dreams, Goals and Taking Action

Benefit – To show the importance of having dreams, designing goals, and following through with baby steps each day towards achievement. 

empowerment

Session #8 – Vision Boards

Benefit – Creation of a physical object that becomes a daily reminder of one’s dreams.

Session #9– Graduation and Community Puzzle

Benefit – Celebration is an important part of accomplishment, empowerment and having fun! Creating a visual of how important each individual is as a part of a whole provides participants more fun and relaxed opportunity for learning and development of these concepts.

I Believe in Me I Believe in You

I Believe in Me!  is a program that promotes lifelong learning by encouraging youth to develop the following traits:

  • By showing curiosity about human nature and how the world works.

  • By seeking and valuing diversity.

  • By persisting in seeking out new solutions.

  • By using their unique talents and intelligence to promote positive change.

Introducing The IPpie Kids…

These characters represent each module of the curriculum for ages 5-10. They come to life to help guide children through the principles of the I Believe in ME! program. They even have their very own rap song!

IPpie is the nickname for certified trainers in Mike Dooley’s Infinite Possibilities® program.

I Believe in Me

Meet Your Facilitator

Thea McGaffey

heal your life with the science of change

Thea became an I Believe in ME! facilitator after 8 years of teaching middle school math and science and seeing the great need for youth empowerment and social emotional learning programs. Using her skills as a master teacher (and singer), Thea brings a lifetime of living the philosophy of taking responsibility for one’s actions to the table. Empowering youth to set goals, reprogram their brains with new habits of mind, and reach their full potential has become her new passion.

 

She has a B.S. in biology, with a concentration in animal behavior from Humboldt State University, an M.A. in science education from Western Governors University, and is a certified Infinite Possibilities® trainer. Her authenticity and love for behavior in general makes her an excellent facilitator of middle school aged kids.

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