My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Harper for Kids, San Francisco, CA, USA
So many of us were raised with an understanding that our success is dependent upon attainment of a "good grade" or winning some type of "award". This all works until we face failure ... an inevitable step for everyone at some point in our lives. Harper for Kids has helped our students, parents, families, staff, and community reframe our understanding of success based on Coach John Wooden's definition ... that success is "happiness in your heart because you made the effort, 100%, to do your best.”
This has been a "game-changer" in the work I do as the principal of a school for newcomer Chinese-speaking immigrant students. Helping our students and families understand and accept this definition for success has helped our students to become healthier, happier, and much more fulfilled individuals who can start to take on challenging assignments because they WANT to try. Their sense of fear and of failure no longer prohibits our students from taking risks and trying their best. It is a necessary and important shift in our work to educate students ... ESPECIALLY students who are in transition, starting over in a new country where they don't even speak the dominant language.
Harper for Kids has provided our staff and students with a kid-friendly poster of Coach Wooden's Pyramid of Success. The materials that Harper for Kids provides has helped to guide our students through the Pyramid's building blocks and lead them into a sense of success that is well-designed and easy to follow.
Coach Wooden’s Pyramid of Success has been a valuable tool for our students to better understand themselves and to learn ways they can grow and develop their sense of acceptance for themselves and others. It is a rich and rewarding way to nurture and focus on the Social Emotional Learning at any school.
Our school community LOVES Harper for Kids and we are confident you will, too! It should be part of all school's CORE teaching programs!!!