Resilience Sessions (For ages 11-13) - Rethinking the Concept of Challenge

Kids · Learning
Resilience Sessions for ages 11-13

Develop a positive response to challenge and learn how to keep negative thoughts in check. Explore a 'toolkit' for managing anxiety and get curious about the impact of comparison with others.

Applying a growth mindset

The Resilience Course consists of 5 lessons designed to help your child:

• develop a positive view of ‘challenge’
• have strategies for responding to anxious thoughts
• recognise when they are overthinking
• let go of unhelpful, negative thoughts
• be inspired by others rather than feel threatened

Developing resilience

The course includes discussion work, self-reflection and some videos are included. Each online session starts and ends with some energiser games making it easy for your child to focus for the full 45 minutes.

What do the sessions focus on?

Rethinking the Concept of Challenge

Learn to view challenge as a positive, beneficial experience. Challenge can be exciting!

Keeping Negative Thoughts in Check

Unhelpful, negative thoughts are normal. Learn how we can keep them in check and gain a bit more control over which thoughts we want to give our attention to.

Anxiety Tool Kit

We all experience anxious thoughts at times. Explore practical strategies & tips for managing anxiety and feeling more in control.


Ever notice you overthink things? Find out how ruminating and worrying excessively can impede your ability to problem solve.

Comparison Culture

We all naturally compare ourselves to others but is this really helpful? Learn how comparison can inspire and motivate rather than make us feel bad about ourselves.

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Audience: Kids Ages 11-13

Upcoming Session

September 29, 12 PM EDT
For Kids · 45 mins

6 of 30 spots reserved

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Meet Our Instructor

Suraiya Essof
Suraiya Essof is a social impact entrepreneur and educator with a passion for lifelong learning, well-being, and social change. She has a Commerce degree in Industrial Psychology and a postgraduate in education, and has been working in the education field since 2002.

She is currently teaching Business Leadership in the Ontario Secondary School Diploma program and trains and lectures at various leadership academies. She is also an entrepreneur and has founded a successful furniture retail business, running since 2012.

In 2014, Suraiya founded Kites for Peace, a global movement for peace that uses kite flying as a tool for social change. She represents her country in kite festivals around the world and has worked with young people in Zimbabwe and beyond.

Suraiya is also the co-founder and coordinator of the Zimbabwe Cares Network, a charity network of over 150 organizations that work to improve the lives of people in Zimbabwe. She is passionate about promoting charity collaboration and volunteering as a means for social innovation.

In 2020, Suraiya was profiled by the Guardian UK as one of "20 Outstanding Women of Zimbabwe."