Personal Power & Community Connections

Embracing one’s inherent personal power, and contributing to a healthy community by respecting and encouraging the personal power of others.

Why does it matter?

Personal Power & Community Connections guides and empowers youth and adults to create nurturing learning environments. In partnership, participants will explore the skills necessary for personal growth and well being and how to effectively contribute to a healthy and just society by infusing social and emotional strategies with:

METACOGNITION – how we learn
MINDSET- beliefs about our ability
MOTIVATION – level of learning engagement

When we develop the skills to recognize, understand, and address our own needs, we are better able to take risks as learners, and are more confident in our abilities to contribute to our community.  A school culture based on these principles will increase student engagement and self-efficacy, build intrinsic motivation through metacognitive strategies, and foster a growth mindset for both educators and students.

Program Model Includes:

  • Managing Emotions: Strengthen self-management skills using activities to improve managing emotions, setting goals, and effectively addressing stress.
  • Personal Power: Explore and strengthen self-awareness as we delve into mindsets, values, and healthy identities.
  • Empathy & Awareness: Increase understanding of social awareness by examining empathy and compassion and historical, cultural, and social norms.
  • Community Connections: Enrich relationship skills by examining different problem solving methods, effective communication strategies, team building, and amplifying agency and voice
  • Making Constructive Choices: Embrace responsible decision making by thinking critically, understanding multiple perspectives and contributing positively to the community.

Who Should Participate

A representative team of youth and adults who are committed to learning and sharing these foundational skills within their school community (classroom, advisories, teams etc.) and supporting the long term personal growth of young adolescents.


Contact Sarah Popowicz

UP phone: 802-552-8140

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