Youth Workshops

Rhyming to the Beat! (Workshop Series)

Turn Your Original Poetry Into Music!

In this workshop series students will receive several sessions of poetry-writing and music production workshops.  The culminating project will reflect their focus on a theme to chosen by students connected to success, confidence, self-esteem, respect, leadership or anti-bullying.  Students will feel safe to have fun and learn while (1) collaborating on creating poetry for a song; (2) assisting in creating music for the song; and (3) singing or rapping on the recording for the final project onto a CD and/or downloadable mp3 song.

You Hold the Keys to Your Success! (Assembly Program)

This Assembly Program (for Grades 6-12) is designed to assist students in understanding how to navigate to Success as identified by them. Through the use of success poetry, success quotes, success stories and success equations, students will learn how to make choices that make sense for positive outcomes. An interactive program, students are poetically entertained, inspired and encouraged to recognize their keys by identifying their talents & interests and to pursue an education to create and live the life of their dreams!

You Can Live Your Dreams (Workshop Series)

“When you Find your Passion, You can Live your Purpose!”

This workshop is based on Renée McRae’s popular poem/song/video “You Can Live Your Dreams” and “Straight to the Top.”  Students will be guided through the process of dreaming their future and acquiring a heightened sense of self awareness, self assessment, self understanding, self esteem and self control with the outcome being an increased ability to choose a career path in alignment with their desires, their passion and purpose. This workshop series is totally customizable to your school’s needs anywhere from 1 to 10 workshops.

Step/WRITE Into Your Greatness! (Poetry Workshops)

This poetry-writing workshop series combines the Art of Writing Poetry with the Art of Success!

“Step/WRITE Into Your Greatness” focuses on improving self-esteem, communication skills and decision making. Students will develop presentation skills while exploring thoughts, beliefs, fears, career path choices and stereotypes. Through the use of role-plays and positive quotes, students feel safe to have fun and learn. Students will write original poetry and learn several forms including ballads, limericks, couplets, haiku, metaphor and acrostic. Every session includes collaborative and individual writing and sharing. (While other culminating projects are available, ANTHOLOGIES ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE)

TRADE Skills Workshop Series! (Wood & Tile)

Culminating in a take-home project, Students will receive customizable one-hour sessions of Trade Skills Workshop Series focusing on hardwood flooring, carpentry, or ceramic tile work. Modules include safety in the workplace, measuring, tool identification and management, staining, sanding and refinishing hardwood, ceramic tile installation. Each session includes the lesson, a question and answer period, and work on the students’ individual culminating project. Individual Sessions are also available without culminating project. Facilitated by Mr. Jeff, NYC Licensed Contractor

Resolving Conflicts! (Workshop Series)

Do you know the 7 categories of difficult people? The importance of “I” Messages? Most people use 5 approaches to restore harmony with others or within self. Do you know your style? How do you handle conflict? Are you assertive or aggressive? With the use of work sheets, role-plays and activities and poetry students will learn 6 quick fixes to resolving conflicts and develop leadership skills.

I Used to Get Angry! (Workshop Series)

Based on Renée McRae’s book titled, “I Used to Get Angry,” this anger management workshop uses activities from the workbook, role-plays, and poetry to help students: (1) Discover what triggers your anger; (2) how to respond in a positive way; (3) uncover the true reasons for anger (4) how we usually handle our anger (or how it handles us); and (5), how students can learn to manage their anger effectively.