SOAR Youth Empowerment Program: Global Youth Initiative in Braddock PA

THIS BRADDOCK COMMUNITY EVENT IS BEING RESCHEDULED!
Details to follow…

Community College of Allegheny County

Host Site Braddock Hills Center

Friday Gathering – Prayer, Inspiration, Motivation
Saturday Morning – Teen Workshop
Saturday Morning – Community Conversation

Please note that the dates listed in the video below have changed and will be updated soon.

Find out what the SOAR-YEP is about.

Teen Workshop Registration (age 13-18)
Table Mentor Registration (age 19-25)
Adult Community Conversation Registration
Mental Health Professionals Registration
Directions to CCAC Braddock Hills Center

FRIDAY – WALK-IN PRAYER GATHERING
Families and teens are invited to walk into a safe space reserved for prayer, motivation and inspiration.

SATURDAY –  WORKSHOPS FOR TEENS AND ADULTS
Teen Workshop
Your True Strength > Who Am I? Who Am I Becoming?
Name it. Claim it. Aim it. Discover your strengths. Learn the value of being your true self and connecting with others.
Adult Community Conversation
Teen Mental Wellness > Open forum discussion on the state of teen mental wellness. And what we plan to do about it as a community.

Anita D Russell, M.Ed, JMT
Susan Evans, JMT 
609-672-2925 | info@theplacetosoar.com


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My latest book “I Wanna See Laney’s House” has received 5 Star Reviews on Amazon.com. Writing this book meant digging deep into my inner core to truly know myself as I journeyed towards self-liberation, building my faith, trust and belief in God along the way. It is a testimony of a struggle for identity, personal acceptance, and self-liberation. With liberation comes freedom and for the me liberation is freedom is from guilt, depression and fear.

“In reading I Wanna See Laney’s House, I realized that after nearly 25 years of friendship, I didn’t know Anita Russell at all. The blessing, however, is that it’s given me the opportunity to become acquainted with my friend in a whole new way.” —Rev. Samuel K. Atchison, Non-Resident Senior Fellow, University of Pennsylvania; and former columnist, Religion News Service

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Why I Emphasize Personal Accountability and Responsibility in My Approach to Coaching

If you work hard on your job, you can make a living. If you work hard on yourself, you can make a fortune.” —Jim Rohn


Living On-PAR (Personal Accountability and Responsibility) when redesigning your life is one of three prongs forming the foundation of my coaching approach at SOAR Coaching Academy. The other two prongs are Appreciative Coaching and Strength-based Coaching.

I developed the SOAR On-PAR Toolkit, 6 Keys to Nurture, Grow and Empower Your Life, as a first step on the journey to lifelong growth and personal development. The toolkit is a means to examine six keys for asking specific, introspective questions to determine how you manage your gift of life.

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Podcast: 6 Keys to Nurture, Grow and Empower Your Life

Introduction

1. Know Yourself
2. Nurture Your Life
3. Integrate Your Life
4. Connect with Others
5. Live Intentionally
6. Seize Opportunity
7. Putting It All Together

SOAR Youth Empowerment Program: 2019 Pledge to Defy the Lie

2019 — THE YEAR WE CLEAR THE WAY FOR BLACK CHILDREN TO FLOURISH

This is the rallying call of the SOAR Youth Empowerment Program (SOAR-YEP) for 2019. 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 is a series of three events in multiple communities:
1. Community gathering for prayer, inspiration and motivation
2. Teen Workshop – Your True Strength: Who Am I Becoming?
3. Community Conversation – Teen Mental Health & Wellness

DEFY THE LIE AND EMBRACE THE TRUTH.
Take the Pledge

I pledge to act to

1. Honor our ancestors and our children.
2. Defy the lie of Black inferiority.
3. Embrace the truth of Black humanity.
4. Emancipate my mind and my spirit.
5. Make “emotional healing” a priority.
6. Build the movement for emotional emancipation in my family and community.

Move beyond the pain of the blues to the sky blue of unlimited possibilities.”
Take the Pledge

Affirmations

Our forebears “made a way out of no way.” Their strength is my strength. I am a living legacy and a vital link between the Black community’s past and future. I will draw on the spiritual strength of our ancestors to help arm our children with the values, knowledge, skills, and mental attitude to excel. I will honor our ancestors and our children in all I do.

Black people have lived with the lie that we are less than human for much too long. I am not less than anyone. I will “Defy the Lie of Black Inferiority.”

Black is beauty, love, intelligence, a wealth of experience, knowledge, and goodness. I want to embody all of these qualities. I will “Embrace the Truth of Black Humanity.”

I want to be free of all the negativity and limitations of the lie. I want to be liberated to reach my fullest potential. I will join with my family and others in the Black community to do the work necessary to be psychologically and spiritually free.

I want to make emotional emancipation, healing, and wellness a personal, family, and community priority. I will celebrate Community Healing Days on the third weekend of every October. 

I want all Black people to be able to reach their fullest potential. I will help build the movement for the emotional emancipation of Black people for myself, my family, and my community.

I want to show my commitment to the movement. I will proudly answer Dr. Maya Angelou’s Call to Wear Sky Blue during Community Healing Days to show my determination to “move beyond the pain of the blues to the sky blue of unlimited possibilities!” SM

Why I Use Appreciative Coaching in My Coaching Practice

Appreciative Coaching is one of three prongs that form the foundation of my coaching approach at SOAR Coaching Academy. The other two prongs are Strength-based Coaching and Living On-PAR (Personal Accountability and Responsibility) when designing your best life.

Are you ready for surprise and adventure as you delve in redesigning your life through coaching at the SOAR Coaching Academy? Watch as Sara introduces Appreciative Coaching.

Why I Use a Strength-based Approach in My Coaching Practice

Strengths-Based coaching is one of three prongs forming the foundation of my coaching approach at the SOAR Coaching Academy. The other two prongs are Appreciative Coaching and Living On-PAR (Personal Accountability and Responsibility) when redesigning your life.

“The path to unleash your mighty purpose is to play to your strengths. Become great at what you’re inherently good at. And use that strength to do good for yourself, your family, your work, your business, your community, your nation, and the world. That path starts by working with your coach to fully understand your CliftonStrengths and how to maximize them in all that you do.” Learn more on Gallup’s Called to Coach Video Series

“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.

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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.

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.

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Welcome to the SOAR Coaching Academy! My name is Anita and I’m your Change Cultivator. I’m so excited to meet you and plan your Complimentary 30 Min Coaching Consultation. Please provide your details below and I’ll be in touch within 24 hours to schedule your appointment. Happy soaring!

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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.


RSVP:
Space is limited. Kindly register in advance no later than Wednesday, August 1st.

Venue:
Winchester Thurston Upper School Building
455 Morewood Avenue Pittsburgh PA 15213

455 Morewood Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15213


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.

 

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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.

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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