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Mother and daughter during participation in the MindBenders workshop
Kenyon who is a MindCrafter Workshop participant standing with a horse
MasterMind Group Participant standing with a horse

Youth & Family Programs

We put a solid focus on the healthy developmental assets of Youth. We reinforce this by creating family participation opportunities that help bring the learning home AND engage all family members in learning to better handle their S.H.I.T. (awesome, right?!)

 

This learning is anchored in memory through hands-on learning experiences  provided by our Building Block TM Certified Equine Assisted Learning Program (Where horses are the teachers ~ no riding.) When emotions are tied to the lesson ~ and they most definitely are ~ the learning is retained!

Equally important is mindset. This is a check-up from the neck-up! It’s SO much easier for you to navigate the world of social and mental pressures when you understand who YOU are and what YOU need to be happy.

Kids who know how to:
  • Deal with tough emotions 
  • Ask for help 
  • Change a negative mindset
  • Get out of 'reaction' mode
  • Handle their S.H.I.T.
  • Push past fear... 
 
Will change their lives!​
 
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Youth participant Kenyon with a horse

“This program has been so incredible for Kenyon. His confidence in all facets of his daily life (including in school where he had previously struggled a fair amount), has grown exponentially. His general disposition and mood have improved. His ability to take responsibility for his actions and his accountability have also improved significantly. He is also more open and willing to share a dialogue instead of shutting down.”

Jordana & Tom Sims
Parents of  Curriculum Graduate

Why This Works!

Working alongside our horse teachers is the key to success!

One of the many bonuses of working with horses vs a classroom setting, is the component of interactivity. We all learn differently, but we all take away lessons that we learn through our experiences.

 

As the leading centre for social-emotional learning, we deliver an Internationally Recognized Equine Assisted Learning Program combined with Youth asset and personal skills development. Our program maximizes learning potential and develops personal strengths & skills while working through fun, objective based group challenges.

Let's Give OUR YOUTH Every Chance to SUCCEED!

We reinforce these skills with Growth Mindset practices that provide even more tools for success! Handling fear, knowing yourself, brain breaks and gratitude are a few of the topics that are introduced to drive home the objectives throughout this learning journey. We plant the seeds, we get real about where participants are at and we build the foundation of strength & skills that WILL cause them to S.H.I.N.E.!

Our progressive 4, 8 & 12 week programs, as well as our workshop events are specifically designed to teach participants how to handle their S.H.I.T.  Your Youth will gain experiences + simple tools to draw on when facing struggles in everyday life. EVERY TIME that they work through those big emotions in class they are strengthening themselves to create new, more positive outcomes next time! Your Youth will learn to recognize their emotions, know how to regulate those emotions AND have the personal strength to 'reset' themselves when things get difficult & negativity arises.

How do we Ensure Their BEST Futures?

  • Develop a GROWTH MINDSET that seeks to learn and empower
  • Identify the personal STRENGTHS that give each Youth value & purpose
  • Develop the positive ASSETS that create growth, drive, resilience & integrity
  • Build the CONFIDENCE that positively affects all of their relationships & experiences​

The programs & events at Confident Kids Canada are designed to focus on the social-emotional competencies & developmental assets that help kids become the best that they can be! Through learning, experiencing and embracing these assets, Youth can begin to reverse neurological and biological damages caused by trauma & toxic stress! Furthermore, they learn the resiliency and strength of character that ultimately translates into more positive social behaviours and reduction of S.H.I.T.TY behaviours. Imagine...!

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Youth Leave Our Programs KNOWING How To:

  • Develop & enjoy awesome relationships
  • Accept responsibility and accountability
  • Face their own limiting behaviours
  • Be creative and innovative (resourceful!)
  • Find value in working with others
  • Communicate far more effectively
  • Honour, trust, respect, and personal integrity
  • And so much more...!
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Youth with certificates after completing MasterMinds

I learned to communicate better with my teammates. I also learned that the horses are just like people and need to be comforted just like humans. They need trust and connection too. They are also very comforting to come to."

Tiana Williston 

Youth Graduate

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One Of A Kind

Our one of a kind BuildingBlock™ Certified Equine-Assisted Learning Program© is University researched, globally recognized and utilized by the Calgary Board of Education.

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