SFK is essential. Let's teach our kids that they are amazing and have access to incredible tools to overcome challenges and reach greatness. SFK shows us how to access these tools and so much more - for kids and adults - in a fun and meaningful way. SFK rocks!
I attended a volunteers orientation at the LA office and felt so much better prepared to raise the children I'll have one day by learning the techniques used to teach universal values. I feel privileged to have the chance to collaborate.
All of us, especially kids, see the world through the paradigm we learn from our family, and believe that paradigm is the ultimate TRUTH, the one and only way to think and function in the world. SFK gives kids an alternate perspective, and therefore a choice in how they can conduct themselves and live their lives. SFK uses stories, games, and personal examples to demonstrate that real satisfaction and lasting fulfillment is attained by caring for themselves and others, sharing with others, and putting forth effort, rather than selfishly thinking only of themselves and taking the quick and easy way out. Moreover, SFK teaches that we are all connected, another concept that is often counterintuative. SFK shows kids how to take a proactive role in their own lives. SFK targets its program to kids who are at-risk from gang and drug infested inpoverished neighborhoods. However, everyone can benefit from these lessons at any age. As a teacher's assistant, you are forced to confront the ways in which you listen to your opponent's voice to act selfishly or engage in reactive behavior, so the class becomes as much a journey for you as for the kids. Understanding that the class structure is a work in progress, I've witnessed long sessions with too many concepts for the kids to assimilate at one time, and brief sessions that are all talk and not enough physical movement. Without a physical activity at the outset of class, the kids get too restless & can't remain focused on the teacher. Also, the shorter class doesn't afford the time needed to give the kids responsibility for handing out materials, leading their own discussion groups, or taking anything but a passive role in class. Sometimes locating and distributing name tags becomes too time consuming so that the teacher and TA never learn the kids' names. I have also witnessed teachers forsake using SFK tools to discipline kids for traditional scholding and admonishments in a race to cover the material and complete the art or writing project. Whereas the long classes had very time consuming pre and post class meetings, the short sessions afford no time whatsoever to discuss situations or issues that arise in class.
I was always so impressed at how positively the kids responded to the work and information they are presented. And their enthusiasm for it. How well they retained the lessons from their previous classes and applied it in their lives outside the classroom. Found myself thinking I wish I had heard this stuff when I was their age. It clearly has an impact on them that empowers them to be more thoughtful and caring individuals.
I was (am) a counselor for LAUSD and worked with these children and their families. I knew that this program would be just the thing to help these families learn how to thrive emotionally and socially. These tools were so valuable to these families and to me too! I loved facilitating these classes each Sunday and watched the families grow and change and become more loving to one another. I still see some of these families some 8 years later. I helped bring SFK to the schools in LAUSD which also was such a joy and huge achievement. I loved seeing this in the schools as I believe these tools are so important for everyone's lives. It was a very very rewarding time. I loved the program! Thank you so much for all you do!
It is the most wonderful organization in the world. The way the lives of children are transformed is something I can't put into words. watching it happen right in front of your eyes is absolutely magical. One has to really be a part of this amazing work to know what its all about. I recommend it to anyone who loves working with children
I've decided to join the SFK after learning about the their Brilliant Curriculum and felt that I would like to give the children the tools to maximize their potential and become a better person for themselves and to Society, rather than give them temporary solutions.
I want to express my outmost appreciation for the tremendous opportunity to be a part of SFK; and to have been able to share in the experience of a lifetime, last year at Holmes Elementary. When the children start looking up to you in the classroom, you know every small action you do will shape the rest of their lives. This filled me with a tremendous responsibility and a never before felt desire to be good, and to do good, by them, their teachers, their families and eventually the world. To be a part of a movement like this is an unbelievable blessing. The moments we shared at Holmes elementary changed my life for the better and I can’t wait to get back in the classroom. Thanks! All the best to your organization!
The value of the lessons and the experience that I received as a volunteer over several years participation with SFK are exponentially greater than for any other volunteer experience I have had. I know that for the students, their lives changed altogether. I saw the changes taking place in their art work-they used more vibrant colors, drew happier images etc. I noticed the improvement in their self-esteem and their ability to interact with others. I watched over the months and years as they described how different their lives at home had become. I saw that SFK gave these children tools with which to empower themselves, and they were able to make great strides and changes in their lives as a result. It was wonderful to work with this organization that cares, on a very real level about making changes at a seed level, changes that will go on to impact the global community for years to come.