Academic Enrichment Course: Self-Empowerment Module - Succeeding at School without Sacrificing the Fun

Kids · Learning
This 13-week Academic Enrichment Course module for students ages 14-18 is focused on self-empowerment, i.e. fortitude and adaptability in an ever-changing world. While the world is ever-changing, the basic core human skills needed to navigate life’s storms remain unchanged. This program focuses on developing students' knowledge and core competencies in these skills to handle inevitable future challenges in both their personal and academic lives. Increasingly, the world values people with human skills – this is fast becoming a predeterminate of leadership and effective teamwork. Moreover, people who feel purposeful and valued have a greater sense of wellbeing and balance, and these feed into a never-ending cycle of work-life satisfaction and productivity.

The Self-Empowerment Module consists of the following lessons:

1. Self-Belief – Identifying our strengths/weaknesses and aligning them to our goals. (August 31)

For a copy of the Identifying Your Strengths worksheet, click here: Identifying Your Strengths Worksheet

2. Adaptability – Coping with change. (September 7)

For a copy of the Adaptability worksheet, click here: Adaptability Self-Evaluation

3. Self-talk – Challenging our inner dialogue. (September 14)

For a copy of the Positive Self-Talk worksheet, click here: Self-Talk Worksheet

4. Stress/Anxiety Coping Skills – Coping with unchangeable situations. (September 21)

For a copy of the Anxiety Coping Skills worksheet, click here: Anxiety Coping Skills Worksheet

5. Problem solving – Working through obstacles and challenges. (September 28)

For a copy of the Problem Solving worksheet, click here: Problem Solving Worksheet

6. Asking for help – Finding and building our support systems (October 5)

For a copy of the Asking for Help worksheet, click here: Asking for Help Worksheet

7. Self-Regulating - Identifying and naming emotions. (October 12)

For a copy of the Self-Regulation worksheet, click here: Self-Regulation Worksheet

8. Thought Catching and Reframing – Challenging our perspective. (October 19)

For a copy of the Thought Reframing worksheet, click here: Thought Reframing Worksheet

9. Mindfulness and Multitasking – Harnessing the power of now. (October 26)

For a copy of the Mindfulness worksheet, click here: Mindfulness Worksheet

10. Fear of Failure and the Pitfalls of Perfectionism (November 2)

For a copy of the Pitfalls of Perfectionism worksheet, click here: Pitfalls of Perfectionism Worksheet

11. Failing Forward – Ownership of shortcomings, patience, and self-compassion (November 9)

For a copy of the Failing Forward worksheet, click here: Failing Forward Worksheet

12. Self-Awareness and Self Esteem – Can we trust the stories we tell ourselves? (November 16)

For a copy of the Self-Awareness worksheet, click here: Self-Awareness Worksheet

13. Succeeding at school without sacrificing the fun – Relevancy in our academic life (November 30)

For a copy of the Finding Balance worksheet, click here: Finding Balance Worksheet
Audience: Kids Ages 13-18

Upcoming Session

November 30, 3 PM EST
For Kids · 45 mins

10 of 20 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."