Be a part of a global shift into a healthy and empowering educational paradigm where everyone thrives.
Welcome to the W.E.L.L. Kids NOW® Movement!
PARTICIPATE in the harvesting of the information that goes into the healthy and empowering educational system.
DONATE to keep the movement alive.
ADVOCATE for students and teachers who want to experience the new paradigm of learning and need support.
GOALS OF THE MOVEMENT
1-To do a major grassroots research project (by young people and the people who work with and parent them) that culminates in a new DECLARATION OF EMPOWERMENT EDUCATION based in the open-sourced new-paradigm Empowerment Education Framework that will replace the old system of education.
2-To ENROLL at least 1 million students, teachers, parents, administrators and educational leaders to join by participating in the Empowerment Education Revolution (The Movement) so that we have W.E.L.L Kids NOW® (Well, Empowered, heart-centered Leaders, who love to learn, love life, and are living their Legacy NOW).
3-To unleash a tidal wave of new learning environments over the next 10 years that change how students learn in schools and provide the tipping point for the shift in the educational system.
We are proud to be serving as the central hub of the W.E.L.L. Kids NOW® Movement so that WE can set a new standard and bring to life a healthy and empowering educational paradigm and philosophy.
The Movement includes 3 phases of unfoldment.
- Foundational research to develop the first draft of the Empowerment Education Framework;
- Applied research in schools in Asheville NC with teachers, administrators, counselors, and with all ages of students to develop the W.E.L.L. System which is how we train and coach people to shift into the new paradigm of Empowerment Education.
- Pilot the W.E.L.L. System in a high school in Asheville NC.
- Form a Movement Advisory Team to “approve” the strategic plan for the movement over a 6 month period.
- Partner with Martin Richards a certified coach from Sweden to help lead the Movement.
- More information about Phase 1.
- Expand our training and coaching to include more students, teachers and coaches through a virtual training and coaching platform. This would include an app that would springboard its users to live certified W.E.L.L. Coaches and training modules. (Learn More)
- Begin our 2nd Phase research project with 30 to Thrive, Our Voice Counts, Tell Your Educational Stories, and the Empowerment Education Hour. (see below)
- Solidify our open-sourced Empowerment Education Framework and W.E.L.L. System through further research and publish a book.
- Begin certifying schools as W.E.L.L. Kids NOW® Centers which are manifestations (bricks and mortar places) of the new-paradigm Empowerment Education. The Centers will be a total system of wellness, empowerment, heart-centered leadership and learning for young people. They will provide an inside-out systems approach to change that will support the shift of the local public school system into a healthy and empowering system and serve as models for other community learning centers.
- Design, market and implement the Empowerment Education online Global Conference.
Bottom-line is that we know that the educational system is the place that we can empower our next generation of children to be healthy, resilient, confident, fulfilled, and positively contributing individuals in our communities no matter what their challenges are.
It all comes down to
HOW ADULTS SET UP HEALTHY AND EMPOWERING ENVIRONMENTS AND CONNECT WITH YOUNG PEOPLE!
HOW DO WE ROLLOUT THIS GRASS-ROOTS Empowerment Education MOVEMENT? We have already begun. Join us!
- Be a part of the W.E.L.L. Kids NOW® Movement Advisory Team. The W.E.L.L. Kids NOW® Advisory Team consists of world-wide passionate, community leaders that are contributing to the Vision, Values, Actions, and Roll-Out Plan of the WKN Movement. Contact us or go to W.E.L.L. Kids NOW® Movement page on Facebook to inquire.
- Design and market our W.E.L.L. Kids NOW® Movement Facebook page and enroll 1 million people to JOIN.
- Design and market our W.E.L.L. Kids NOW® Movement Website.
- Design a SHIFT Documentary, cartoon strip with mascot, and a WKN LOGO.
- Design and market and grow our Empowerment Education TRAINING Modules and APP. (Learn more)
- Begin our “Empowerment Education Hour” with our Board, Kim Griffith (Vice President and Mark Stamper (President) to begin the conversation about the tipping point into the new paradigm educational system.
- Market and implement our “30 To THRIVE” INTERVIEWS – Live Zoom Webinars with new-paradigm Great Educational Leaders that are recorded and aired on YouTube, Blogspot radio and Facebook.
- Market and implement THE OUR VOICE COUNTS EXPERIENCES -World-Cafe virtual experiences that occur all over the world with students, teachers, administrators, parents, and anyone who cares about education.
- Design and market the Empowerment Education online GLOBAL CONFERENCE.
As we SHIFT the old survival of the fittest, out-come focused, competitive educational system to an healthy and empowering one where children can be themselves and learn and grow with freedom, positive values, and without judgement, we will see a tremendous positive shift into a sustainable, peaceful and healthy world.
Contact us for more information and your ideas.
WHY THE W.E.L.L. Kids NOW® MOVEMENT?
Unfortunately, young people are not W.E.L.L. They are involved in “The Big 3” major epidemics.
(1) Chronic Disease – Cancer is the 2nd leading cause of death for 5-14 year olds.1
(2) Violence (Bullying-Crime-Incarceration) – In 2011, 707,212 young people ages 10 to 24 were treated in emergency departments for injuries sustained from physical assaults;2 during a single year, an estimated 2.1 million youth under the age of 18 are arrested in the United States. 3
(3) Suicide (Quitting-Depression-Addiction) – Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for 12-24 year olds and 3rd leading cause of death for 5-12 year olds. 4
2 Main Reasons Why We Have These Epidemics:
1-Globally in 2014, 1 billion children aged 2-17 years experienced physical, sexual, emotional, or multiple types of violence.5 Every year in the U.S., more than 3.6 million referrals are made to child protection agencies involving more than 6.6 million children.6 We are in an epidemic of the unintentional disempowering treatment of young people in our world today. Research has just in the last fifteen years given us a clear understanding of negative effects of abuse. The human brain and nervous system are hardwired for connection (“I need to feel seen, heard and valued for who I am.”) and belonging (“I need you to like me and I need to be a part of something.”), so when young people experience Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) or disconnections, it increases sensitivity to environmental stimuli and the fight, flight or freeze response.7 Continuously living in a reactive, fearful state without appropriate connections results in decreases in healthy mental, physical and emotional development and the inability to form safe, stable, and supportive relationships.8 (“The Big 3”.)
2-The inherent “systematic trauma” from the archaic, industrialized, one-size-fits-all current educational system and philosophy is not designed to deal with the adverse effects of ACEs that 2/3rds of American students are coming to school with.9 In fact, our current public school educational philosophy is actually causing secondary trauma in our students. Students are developing disempowering beliefs about their abilities to learn and grow and that high levels of stress and overwhelm is the norm. “We are actually in a beliefs gap in our schools, not an achievement gap.10 The ramifications of this robotized, competitive, outcome-based system has created a current generation of disconnected students and teachers that are unhappy and unhealthy and are too unaware or scared to say and do anything about it. (need other data from other countries here). Thousands of high school students are dropping out of school. What if the reason students are dropping out has nothing to do with them, but that the system they are learning in is not working and we have not been listening?
Today, we have unequivocal evidence supporting that young people need safe, stable, supportive relationships and healthy and empowering environments, especially during times when they feel scared, unsure, or not OK to have the best chance of reaching their full potential.11 It is time to offer an educational system and philosophy where students (and teachers) wake up every day as empowered partners excited to attend because they can’t wait to have another experience of how their gifts and skills will come alive in healthy ways and contribute to their personal growth and the greater good NOW. (i.b.mee.)
It is time to offer an educational system and philosophy where all the people working, learning and playing there are “fully at ease with themselves and with their colleagues, brimming with enthusiasm and energy. Nobody wears a mask or pretends to be someone they are not. Everybody is using their talents to the fullest and seems incredibly alive.”12
A system that is not just about education for all so young people can move from surviving to just getting by; it’s about education for all that moves young people from surviving and just getting by, to THRIVING. It’s about ensuring that our young people learn, live, love and lead in healthy and empowering environments with caring and inspiring adults who intentionally empower them.
1Leading Causes of Death: https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr65/nvsr65_05.pdf
2 Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Webbased Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS) [online]. (2010). [cited 2012 Oct 19] Available from www.cdc.gov/injury. https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/yv-datasheet-a.pdf
5Hillis S, Mercy J, Amobi A, et al. Global Prevalence of Past-year Violence Against Children: A Systematic Review and Minimum Estimates. Pediatrics. 2016;137(3):e20154079
7CDC, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study Adverse Childhood Experience Study https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/acestudy/index.html
8https://www.samhsa.gov/capt/practicing-effective-prevention/prevention-behavioral-health/adverse-childhood-experiences and https://vetoviolence.cdc.gov/apps/phl/resource_center_infographic.html and https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4090696/ and https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4415131/ and https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/03/02/387007941/take-the-ace-quiz-and-learn-what-it-does-and-doesnt-mean and https://www.aap.org/en-us/documents/ttb_aces_consequences.pdf and https://www.rwjf.org/en/library/infographics/the-truth-about-aces.html and http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2011/12/21/peds.2011-2663 and http://www.columbia.edu/itc/hs/medical/residency/peds/new_compeds_site/pdfs_new/PL1%20new%20readings/the_lifelong_effects_ofearly_childhood_adversity.pdf
9Unlocking the Door to Learning: Trauma-Informed Classrooms & Transformational Schools, Maura McInerney, Esq. Senior Staff Attorney, Amy McKlindon, M.S.W. Education Law Center
10Dr. Steve Perry Principal, Keynote Speaker at the KnowledgeWorks’ Experience Conference, March of 2017
11https://developingchild.harvard.edu/ and https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/childmaltreatment/essentials.html and https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5178870/ and http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1054139X13002449 and http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1054139X13002723 and https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/essentials_for_childhood_framework.pdf
12Laloux, Frederick; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcS04BI2sbk and http://www.reinventingorganizations.com/uploads/2/1/9/8/21988088/140305_laloux_reinventing_organizations.pdf and http://www.reinventingorganizations.com/