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YOUTH WELL-BEING SUMMIT

Price: $69.00
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New York Society For Ethical Culture,
2 West 64th Street,
New York,
New York,
10019,
United States

Saturday 12:00 pm November 3, 2018
New York Society For Ethical Culture
2 West 64th Street
New York, New York
10019
United States

YOUTH WELL-BEING SUMMIT

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A transformative, groundbreaking Youth Well-Being Summit that will gather teens, young adults, parents, educators, the curious, and anyone interested in helping our young people thrive and flourish. We will share well-being tools, practices and ideas that can be applied to their lives, to make them happier, more meaningful and fulfilling.

The summit features 10+ speakers -- some of the worlds leading thinkers, educators, physicians and researchers from Yale, Harvard, Stanford, Riverdale School, and The Jed Foundation.

WHY ATTEND

The way our teens are living isn’t working. Anxiety is on the rise, teen suicide is on the rise and depression is on the rise. In this volatile, uncertain, chaotic and ambiguous world, increasing numbers of our young people are feeling isolated, exhausted, overwhelmed and disengaged.

We need new mindsets, new tools, new ideas, and new skills for coping and living in this era.

This groundbreaking Youth Well-Being Summit signals a new transformative journey for parents, educators and students. You will discover new models and tools for well-being and character education. You will make long-lasting connections, and discover new ideas and practices that will awaken the best in your teens and young adults.

Join us and learn what visionary changemakers are doing to help teens and young adults seek and give help, navigate mental health challenges, and prepare them emotionally to enter adulthood and fulfill their potential. Don’t miss your chance to be a part of this important movement to help our kids survive, thrive and flourish.

AGENDA

12:00pm – 12:30pm                          Registration

12:30pm - 12:45pm                           Opening Remarks +

12:45pm – 1:10pm                             Dr. Oneeka Williams, Urologic Surgeon + Children’s Author

Not Even The Sky Is The Limit

1:10pm– 1:40pm                                 Dominic Randolph, Head of School, Riverdale

Helping Students Thrive & Flourish

1:40pm – 2:30pm                                PARENT + YOUNG ADULT BREAKOUT EXERCISE

2:30pm – 3:00pm                                SNACK BREAK, BOOKSTORE

3:00pm - 3:35pm                                 Teen Panel: Let’s Hear From the Young Adults –Teens Talk
Moderated by John MacPhee, Executive Director/CEO Jed Foundation

3:35pm – 4:05pm                                Parent Panel: Let’s Hear From the Adults – Parents Talk
Moderated by, Dr. Anna Yusim, Psychiatrist and Author

4:05pm – 4:50pm                                Laurie Santos, Ph.D. Professor Psychology, Head of Silliman College, Yale University

What Makes Humans Happy – The Science & Practice of Well-Being

4:50pm – 5:00pm                                Closing Remarks + Announcement

 

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Hailey Garvey a graduate of Riverdale High School in NYC defines a successful life: “Successful” life if I learn who I am, what I value, and follow it”

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Untold Stories

Blog Repost from November 26, 2013

I have lost so many close friends and family members in the past 22 months…including my mother, my best friend of 37 years and my college roommate.

It made me realize that people die with so many stories untold.

I wanted to know more about my mother’s life and reasons for her not wanting to disclose the stories of her life. I forgot to ask my Mum what it was like living in England for three years without her babies! How did she manage sexual abstinence for 3 years at the young age of 27…or did she do, as others in her nursing school did, seek intimacy with other women.

I forget to ask my Dad why he enlisted in the RAF to support WWII and what the experience was like. Things I wanted to know were not shared or I did not ask.

I was discussing this issue with a friend who had recently lost her partner and she shared the poem below penned by her son.

“I was young and now I am old,

Here I sit a story untold.

Some days good and some days bad,

They passed so fast, more I wish I had.

Who will know and who will remember,

My story untold as my life nears December.

The young they dance, they sing and play,

I did that myself what seems like yesterday.

As life ends what is to come,

Is there more or is it done.

Remember me young or forget me old,

Yet here I sit a story untold.”

I was so moved by the poem, I asked my friend‘s son permission to include it in a blog post. He agreed and went on to share the reason for writing the poem.

“I wrote that poem after playing outside with my 5 yr old daughter. It made me remember being 5 years old myself (I am 37). It made me reflect on how little I really knew about my grandparents and great grandparents…. about their character and their lives before I was born. Often all we have is a handful of memories or stories that other people share about such individuals. Can you imagine your entire life being summed up for someone else in a few short stories? It made me contemplate writing “my story”…just in case my kids, grandchildren and great grandchildren (if I ever have any) would know a little more about me… not for my benefit, but for theirs or just to satisfy their curiosity.

Also, while playing with my daughter, I reflected on how it is too easy to view elderly people as nothing more than just that…. an old individual, somewhat one dimensional or seemingly disconnected from the current happenings in the world….in spite of the lives they have led, for better or worse and all that occurred for them over the years (their life “story”). It also made me reflect on how I will be just “one of those old people” someday in someone else’s eyes. When such people see me as an elderly individual sitting quietly alone, will they realize I was once a 37 year old man playing on a grassy hill with my daughter, a 23 year old marrying a woman he loves, a 19 year old living life hard and fast to the fullest, a 13 year old kissing his girlfriend for the first time or a 5 year old playing on grassy hill himself fully engaged in the moment? I doubt it. All they will see is an old man…a story untold.

When I wrote that poem I wrote it outside of myself in a sense. I thought of an elderly man setting in a chair alone, in his living room or perhaps in his 10 x 15 room within a “retirement community”. I thought of how many people just pass him by, not even considering all that he has been through…the ways in which he has seen the world change, the wars he may have fought, the people he loved, the children he may have loved or lost, his failure, his vices, his sin, love, sacrifice and regret. How easy it is to forget that such an individual has a “life story”…a story that for the most part, for most of us will probably go untold and be known by few people at best. I don’t so much think this is tragic, but just the way life is. However, I think it is good not only for individuals to share their life story, but also for individuals to hear it.

Beyond that, I’m not sure why I wrote that poem. The poem literally took less than a few minutes to write. It just kinda came out that way given all the things I was thinking. I sent it to my Mom since she recently lost her partner”

As we prepare to spend time with our loved ones this holiday season, remember to ask about those untold stories before it’s too late, and while you are at it…write your own story. Have a joyful and peaceful holiday season.

Anxiety and Discontent

Anxiety and Discontent

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Have you ever counted the number of people you speak to in a day? How many of those conversations, were brief, going-through-the-motions exchanges of words? How many were open, honest, real conversations?

We have lost the art of conversation and at The ACADEMi of Life we are bringing it back. Having meaningful face to face conversations is essential to improving our well-being and essential to making the world a better place. In an intimate, one-table setting, over a 3-course meal and wine, we create an atmosphere of unobstructed dialogue and self-discovery through the simple act of getting to know all the guests at the table.

We can host only 12 persons per dinner so register early. Bring a friend. We look forward to you dining with us.

Conversation Dinners can also be arranged exclusively for groups, corporations and non-profit organizations. Please e-mail us at info@theacademioflife.com to discuss.

 

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Getting To Happy

I believe that people should be happy, and have the right to be happy. Happiness is an essential ingredient to our well-being and success.

A recent Harvard study http://bit.ly/pxylJk concluded that happiness is the single greatest competitive advantage in the 21st century. They suggest that if you are happy first, success will follow. In other words, success does not make you happy but happiness makes you successful.

But do we really know what makes us happy?

Many of us spend most of our lives developing and valuing our first class education, our high powered career and our ability to collect material things. As a society this has become how we measure and define success. But do these achievements really make us happy? Everyone knows people who are brilliant yet unhappy or financially successful and unhappy. I know from my own life that a first class education, owning a business and acquiring loads of material things did not bring me the fulfillment and joy I thought they would.

The same Harvard study estimated that having a good education and great technical skills contribute only 25% of our success at work and in life. To be successful in work and life, there are other character traits that we must possess. So what are these traits? They include optimism, emotional resilience, empathy, the ability to make social connections and viewing stress as a challenge instead of as a threat. The study calls these traits the “silent 75%.” The “silent 75%.” are generally viewed as ‘soft skills’ and their long term importance to our happiness is routinely undervalued.

The study, however, concludes that long-term success at work and in life “is based upon our ability to positively adapt to the world”; to be happy, joyful and optimistic, since we are more likely to achieve our full potential when we are feeling positive. As a culture we need to focus on these ‘soft skills’- the silent 75% – and all of us should seek to build and strengthen these traits within us in order to be more joyful human beings. To be truly happy and therefore successful requires the right balance between our rational and emotional skills.

Despite achieving in my education and career I had a realization that I simply wasn’t as happy as I wanted to be. My joy was limited despite the material abundance around me and my successes didn’t fulfill me the way I had expected. I began to make a very conscious effort to focus on doing things that fed my spirit. I decided to focus on the things that brought me more happiness and joy – like making sure I had dinner with a friend at least once a week, connecting daily with family members by phone or in person and doing work that was meaningful and engaging.

I believe that happiness is found deep within, that it comes from our soul and not from external things. So take a peek inside and find your joy. The journey of self-discovery can be very personal and private and each person has to determine what truly makes them happy. But take comfort in knowing that this is important and essential work to ‘get to happy.’

Below are eleven happiness boosters outlined by Shawn Achor, the author of  “The Happiness Advantage.”  Try them out and see how you feel:

1. Smile
2. Open doors
3. Offer a seat at your table in a busy cafe
4. Make eye contact
5. Start a conversation with someone who looks lonely
6. Listen
7. Have deep meaningful conversations
8. Give money to people in need without conditions attached
9. Try and put a positive spin on a bad situation
10. Meditate so you are calmer for your family, friends and at work
11. Volunteer for someone who really needs it

I know many of these have worked for me! Which of these work best for you?

Original post written for Joy Campaign August 2011.

How To Overcome Challenges At Work

How To Overcome Challenges At Work

AN EVENING IN CONVERSATION WITH JOANNA BARSH 

Joanna Barsh director emerita at McKinsey & Company, where she has worked for more than 30 years, has written a remarkable book, Grow Wherever You Work - Straight Talks To Help With Your Toughest Challenges, in which she dispenses powerful, unvarnished advice for growing through the work challenges all aspiring leaders face.

“The business world is full of catchphrases: follow your passion; think positive; be authentic; suck it up; take more risks; network. All well-intentioned, but let’s be honest. This inch-deep advice just isn’t very helpful. How do real people succeed in the real world of work? That’s the question bestselling author, Joanna Barsh sets out to answer – not by asking motivational gurus, leadership experts, or well-established CEOs but by diving into the trenches with today’s boldest, brightest, up-and-coming leaders.”

Joanna heard stories of important work challenges from over 200 rising leaders in 120 companies and wrote this hands-on guide to help us:

  • Handle rising pressure and recover from colossal mistakes
  • Bounce back from poor performance reviews and use them to up your game
  • Get people on board with you and your mission
  • Deal with office villains like a superhero
  • Take uncomfortable risks and dare to challenge
  • Thrive when everything around you is falling apart
  • Know when it’s time to find another job

She shares raw experiences and on-the-job coping strategies from a rich diversity of voices from all industries – immigrants and first-generation Americans; Blacks, Hispanics, and Asians; Ivy League alums and high school grads; and parents some of whom are single.

Don’t miss the opportunity to learn how ordinary people turn challenges into extraordinary opportunities for action.

A copy of the book is included in the ticket price.

 

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Create The Loving Relationship You Want

Create The Loving Relationship You Want

Instead of unconsciously brewing resentment and bitterness, gain the tools to consciously create understanding, compassion, and love.

It comes when we read the ancient Book of Life.

The deck of 52 playing cards is actually the ancient Book of Life. It’s been hidden in plain sight all this time. And based on the numbers of our date of birth, we each are born with 13 cards to play.

When we know how to read these Cards, we know how to read our lives.

And, in our Cards, we can read our relationships too. This knowledge takes the lessons of Men Are From Mars Women Are From Venus and The Five Love Languages to another level of clarity and self-empowerment.

Knowing our Cards to play:

  • offers crystal-clear awareness about our patterns of love, so we can past superficial defenses to actually see each other clearly.
  • shows us exactly what our love languages are so we know how to communicate love in our relationships.

You will walk away from this class knowing:

  • How to manifest the loving partner you really want.
  • What your love languages are.
  • What are the love languages of the people you love.
  • How to create loving synergy in all your relationships.
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Why Happy People Cheat

Why Happy People Cheat

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Have you ever counted the number of people you’ve ‘spoken to’ in one day? How many of those conversations, were brief, going-through-the-motions exchanges of words? How many were open, honest conversations?

We have lost the art of conversation and at The ACADEMi of Life we are bringing it back. Having meaningful face to face conversations is essential to improving our well-being and essential to making the world a better place. In an intimate, one-table setting, over a 3-course meal and wine, we create an atmosphere of unobstructed dialogue and self-discovery through the simple act of getting to know all the guests at the table.

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Let’s Dance

Let's Dance

Let's Dance

Uncertain and chaotic times calls for furious and fearless dancing. It’s time to dance. We need to dance. Did you know that dancing provides moments of deep and simple joy? Did you know that dance moves also affect our bodily chemistry, creativity and emotions?

Join us Friday, December 15, 2017 and let’s dance.

The night will be a celebration of “the truism that the soul that moves so many of us, that we groove to, that animates our lives, that in some ways binds us as a global community — pop music — is the opposite of nativist.” We will celebrate ONENESS, cross-cultural understanding, harmony and peace in the world.

We will dance to world music, eat world food and sip on world cocktails. The dance party is strongly recommended for people who think they can’t dance. You are never too young or too old to party. Let’s close the year with unbounded, absolute joy!

WORLD MUSIC 

WORLD FOOD

WORLD DRINKS

WORLD DANCE LESSONS

FREE CLAIRVOYANT READINGS

SURPRISE GUEST

BRING  SPOUSE + PARTNER + FAMILY + FRIEND 

QUOTES ON THE VALUE OF DANCE 

Jorge Rodolfo De Hoyos Jr. Dance is a way to embody the universe and remember ourselves as nature.

Jim Tobin, Bay Area Dance Watch Dance allows me to stay creative in many ways and for me, that is more important now than ever before, as I grow older.

Tonya Amos, Grown Womens Dance Collective I discovered that dance is our connection to the earth, to the air, to culture, to the universe.

Lily Cai, Lily Cai Dance Company Dance awakens the human spirit. It is the one true way to express the human soul through motion and emotion. Dance is joy and happiness…and so much more.

Shreelata Suresh, Vishwa Shanthi Dance Academy Dance is a means of collective meditation centering on beauty, sacred music, rhythm and harmony. Through dance we create an atmosphere of cross-cultural understanding, peace and harmony in the world.

Eric Solano, Parangal Dance Company To set self at ease and freely. A relaxation of the mind. Celebration of spirit. A travel around the world. An Inspiration. Reinvention. Life.

A portion of profits from ticket sales will be donated to I AM ACCEPTANCE COLLEGE TOUR, a mental well-being organization focused on initiating conversations with college students on the topic of mental health in order to educate and empower them to seek support. http://www.iamacceptance.org

 

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