SOAR Youth Empowerment at Braddock Youth Project

It’s Finally Here!

I am elated to announce the SOAR Youth Empowerment Program (SOAR-YEP) is kicking off with the Your True Strength Workshop in Braddock. This specialized workshop takes teens on a quest to discover their true strengths. The workshop emphasizes specific leadership values—know yourself, positive self-image, daily growth and development, connecting to tohers, and adding value to others.

Many thanks to two community-based organizations for making it happen—Mr. Tacumba Turner, program coordinator for the Braddock Youth Project, and William Phifer, program coordinator for Greater Valley Community Services. The Your True Strength Workshop will be delivered to summer participants in the Braddock Youth Project and the summer interns at Greater Valley Community Services.

SOAR Youth Empowerment Program: Pledge to Defy the Lie

This is the rallying call of the SOAR Youth Empowerment Program (SOAR-YEP). We join the Community Healing Network (CHN) in building the movement for emotional emancipation across Pittsburgh communities.  We add to the long-needed infrastructure for healing within our communities. SOAR-YEP includes multiple events in multiple communities:

1. Teen Workshop – Your True Strength > Who Am I Becoming?
2. Community Conversation – Teen Mental Health & Wellness

DEFY THE LIE AND EMBRACE THE TRUTH
Take the Pledge

I pledge to act to . . .

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“6 Keys” Podcast

Have you heard my podcast on 6 Keys to Nurture, Grow and Empower Your Life?

I created the toolkit as a means of becoming the person you aspire to be by examining the person that you are. The toolkit is built on a foundation of personal accountability and responsibility.

The first three tool reflect you inner life. You inner life is the seat of your thoughts, feelings and beliefs. The second three tools reflect your interpersonal life – your words, actions and behaviors. This is the “you” that gets projected into your relationships and the world.

Select a Tool Below to Hear the Audio

Introduction to the SOAR On-PAR Toolkit
Welcome to the SOAR On-PAR Toolkit series introducing 6 Keys to Nurture, Grow and Empower Your Life. I’m your Change Cultivator and Im excited about helping you to cultivate change through daily growth and persona development.

Key #1 Know Yourself
Guides you through specific questions related to self-image, character, and influence.

Key #2 Nurture Your Life
Begins by challenging you to test your life choices to see if you live to survive or live to thrive. To thrive is to grow and develop vigorously.

Key #3 Integrate Your Life
Rather than looking at your life domains (e.g., spiritual, personal, relational, work and financial) as separate entities competing for time, energy, and money, consider a different approach where your life domains are connected, complementing one another as part of an integrated whole.​

Key #4 Connect with Others
Connection is about others and it goes way beyond words.
“Connecting is the ability to identify with people and relate to them in a way that increases your influence with them.” John C Maxwell

Key #5 Live Intentionally
Do you know what it means to walk a mile in another person’s shoes? Try it sometimes and see how it connects to your definition of significance.​ Part of living intentionally means acknowledging that everyone wants their life to matter. 

Key #6 Seize Opportunity
Stop and think about what your life would look like if you went into each day expecting to find opportunities. If you went into each day with an abundance mindset instead of a scarcity mindset.​

Putting It All Together
Take the first step to putting it all together with a Complimentary 30 Minute Coaching Session. Then commit to three critical actions to continuously improve your life, making each day better than the last.

From Surviving to Thriving: Summer 2018

The SOAR Coaching Academy recently participated in two half-day workshops focused on youth, where parents, educators and mentors came together to learn holistic skills for the healthy development of our young people–in mind, body, and spirit.


SOAR Workshop — Positive Self-Image: Are You Up to PAR?

As one of the workshop leaders, I guided the audience in a discussion of the importance of positive self-image in youth. Specifically, we will examine self-image through the lens of bullying thoughts, actions and behaviors and how it all links to personal accountability and responsibility (PAR). We discussed the need for leadership, influence and connection in bullying intervention and prevention.

Did you know?
1) 70% of teens do not have a positive self-image
2) Peers play varying roles in the bully experience
3) Bullying is your business

PAR: Personal Accountability and Responsibility
Bullying is Everybody’s Business
Leadership | Influence | Connection

Take Action Today
User Guides are available to broaden the understanding of various roles such as community leaders, faith leaders, educators, administrators, parents. etc. Guides are available for 11 different audiences

Sample Guide – Understanding the Roles of School Administrators in Community-Wide Bullying Prevention Efforts


This Road Map helped to guide our discussion.


Do you know about the KnowBullying Prevention App?
Read about it…learn how you can help.

OMA Pittsburgh Special Event

It is such an honor and a blessing to be a part of this series of events leading up to a Trauma Symposium in the fall of 2019.

“From Surviving to Thriving” is a half-day workshop focused on youth, where parents, educators, counselors, health practitioners and more can join in collaborative learning sessions for supporting the healthy development of our young people.


SOAR Workshop — Positive Self-Image: Are You Up to PAR?

As one of the workshop leaders, I will guide the audience in a discussion of the importance of positive self-image in youth. Specifically, we will examine positive self-image through the lens of bullying behavior and personal accountability and responsibility (PAR). We will discuss the need for leadership, influence and connection in bullying intervention and prevention.

Did you know that…

  • 70% of teens do not have a positive self-image
  • Peers play varying roles in the bully experience
  • Bullying is a public heath concern

PAR: Personal Accountability and Responsibility
Bullying is Everybody’s Business
Leadership | Influence | Connection

Take Action Today: Working with Stakeholders
User Guides are available to broaden the understanding of various roles such as community leaders, faith leaders, educators, administrators, parents. etc. Guides are available for 11 different audiences

Sample Guide – Understanding the Roles of School Administrators in Community-Wide Bullying Prevention Efforts


The workshop is a part of a SOAR Coaching Academy Series focused on positive self-image and personal accountability and responsibility, examined through multiple lenses —bullying, racism and mental health.

Do More to SOAR!

Empower Your Life: Do More to SOAR!

Being a Multipotentialite

Hello, my name is Anita and I am a multipotentialite. How I love the sound of that word! Career coach, Emilie Wapnick, gives an illuminating discussion in her Ted Talk back in 2015. She defines multipotentialites as those who develop a range of interests, passions and careers over a lifetime. Watching her talk, I had a eureka moment realizing that word fit me to a T.

Amazon #1 Bestseller

In my own words, what it means is this…

I am eclectic by God’s design, gifted in multiple areas, and creative in the work that I do. My formal education includes a BS in Biology from the University of Pittsburgh, a Specialized Technology Degree from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, and an MS in Education from Capella University. Along the spectrum of my life, I became a research scientist, a learning and development specialist, a home school teacher, a strategic planner, an event planner, an instructional designer, a program manager, a diversity and inclusion leader, an entrepreneur, a website designer, a life coach and a writer…

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“Go BIG in life. Build community. Inspire change. Give back.”—Anita D Russell

GYI Life Up! Lead & Empower Workshop: Homestead

“To CHANGE is to choose His anointing to nurture, grow and empower.”
— Anita D Russell


3 Dynamic John Maxwell Coaches came together to host the First Global Youth Initiative event in Homestead PA!


Workshop Facilitators

♦ Anita D Russell, The Place to SOAR Founder/CEO
♦ Susan Evans, The Place to SOAR Partner
♦ Juane Tyler, Tyler Consulting & Associates Founder/CEO


“We are partnering together to equip, inspire and empower youth to be the leaders they were created to be.” 


4 Key Topics in GYI: Life Up! Lead & Empower Workshops

  • Stand Up and Be Counted: Stop Bullying
  • Learning to Fail Forward to Success
  • Developing a Positive Self Image
  • Developing a Strong Personal Character

Introductory Video
Featuring Nick Vujicic, YouthMax Ambassador

Spoken Word
Featuring spoken word artist, Devantae Butler, author of  Mindset: A Guide to Reaching Your Full Potential

Theme Song
Unity in the Community composed by Jeff Russell from LA CA

Contact
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The Place to SOAR BIG Events
Build community  |  Inspire change  |  Give back

 


 

Empower Your Life Summit Replay

These women share their souls, and provide strategies, tips, and practical advice based on their own journey of empowerment. You will learn how they changed their mindset, adjusted their habits, and alchemized their ways of being and how they experienced and manifested shifts in their emotional state, psyche, relationships, body, and spirit.

The Empower Your Life Summit is here for you!
You’re going to love what you learn!

Our Guests for these Interviews are the
Amazing Authors Anthology Book titled

Empower Your Life.

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SOAR Quick Shot Coaching February 17

Quick Shot Coaching: 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth

12 -1 PM SATURDAY FEBRUARY 17
This complimentary Quick Shot Coaching Webinar reminds participants that “potential” is one of the most powerful words in any language.

A person’s potential implies possibilities, it heralds hope, and it unveils greatness. This Quick Shot Coaching Hour covers the Law of Intentionality which states that growth doesn’t simply happen. Rather, growth happens when desire collides with intentionality. Quick Shot Coaching webinars serve as an introduction to full immersion Mastermind Groups coming in 2018.

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Daily Coaching Series

Another Quick Shot Coaching Opportunity!


Your FREE Minute With Maxwell Subscription Includes:

  • Daily coaching videos from the world’s #1 leadership authority, John C. Maxwell! Watch any time, any where, and on any device.
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  • Updates from The John Maxwell Team. We’ll keep you informed of events and special opportunities to hear from John throughout the year.


Leadership Philosophy

“Everything rises and falls on leadership…With so much hinging upon this philosophy, I’ve made it my life’s passion to develop leaders at all levels. I believe in you and the power of your influence to create a legacy within your sphere of influence that will leave behind an army of leaders who get the importance of strong leadership.” —John Maxwell

Global Youth Initiative October 2017

October 9 – 15, 2017
John Maxwell Team
Global Youth Initiative Week


During the week of October 9-15, youth leadership events will be hosted all over the world. Our goal is to reach 500,000 youth. Certified members of the John Maxwell Team will be hosting local Global Youth Initiative events in communities just like yours. Youth who attend these events will be equipped, inspired, and empowered to have a positive self-image, respect themselves and others, be a positive influence, and fail forward toward success.


The events are FREE and open to all children and youth groups, ages 8-18.