YOUTH EMPOWERMENT PROGRAMS

“Knowing we can be loved exactly as we are gives us all the best opportunity for growing into the healthiest of people.”
— Fred Rogers

Through educational play, we confront some of the biggest challenges and stereotypes that children and teens face growing up as a boy or girl that are not addressed in their academic curriculum.

These programs offer a place for children to process their experiences and feelings with peers through discussion and activities. The foundation of the programs encourage a healthy relationship with yourself that relies on self-worth and self-love, role modeling, and compassionate leadership skills for boys and girls. We are anti-bullying, anti-drugs, and anti-cruelty.

Programs have been delivered to private schools, public libraries, non-profits, and the Girl Scouts. Through dialogue and creative activities that range from vision boards to acting skits, girls and boys have the opportunity to think more deeply about who they are, how they are special, and express themselves in a supportive environment. 90 minute programs. Ages 7+. Materials supplied.


 

Satisfied Clients:

Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey, NJ

Foundation for Faces of Children, Waltham, MA

The Hun School, Princeton, NJ

Emma Willard School, Troy, NY

Ramapo College of NJ, Mahwah, NJ

William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ

Girl Scout Brownie Troop, Ramsey, NJ

Ramsey Free Public Library, Ramsey, NJ

Waldwick Public Library, Waldwick, NJ

Johnson Public Library, Hackensack, NJ

River Edge Public Library, River Edge, NJ

Lee Memorial Library, Allendale, NJ

Mahwah Public Library, Mahwah, NJ

Northvale Public Library, Northvale, NJ

Worth-Pinkham Memorial Library, Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ

Children's Aid and Family Services, Fair Lawn, NJ

Old Tappan Public Library, Old Tappan, NJ

Livingston Public Library, Livingston, NJ

Suffern Free Library, Suffern, NY

Franklin Lakes Public Library, Franklin Lakes, NJ

Dixon Homestead Library, Dumont, NJ

Kent Place School, Summit, NJ

Summit Public Library, Summit, NJ

Windsor Learning Center, Pompton Lakes, NJ

Wyckoff YMCA, Wyckoff, NJ

Spring Lake Library, Spring Lake, NJ


Community Response:

I have worked with Danielle in two different libraries, where she has offered her boys’ and girls’ empowerment workshops. These programs consistently receive very positive feedback from the participants and their parents and caregivers. Best of all is the fun that I can see the kids having during the workshops; Danielle knows how to choose appropriate, educational activities that are engaging while still supporting the mission of the events. I still cannot believe how excited our boys were for this summer’s “Be Your Own Superhero” workshop! Many of them still mention it when they return to the library. I would highly recommend Danielle’s programs to other libraries; she is easy to work with, and the message behind her offerings is so important.
— Gretchen Kaser, Director of Worth-Pinkham Library, Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ
Danielle Craig’s Empowerment Workshops are equally knowledgeable and creative. After participating in two of her programs, I noticed early on that Danielle challenges her attendees to not only create something that can inspire them to look forward, but also to find ways of achieving their goals. Her workshops are conversational in nature, especially with a smaller group, and she engages teens to build on their knowledge through well-researched facts and conclusions. The activities she has the groups do are purposeful and creative. I would highly recommend Danielle’s workshops for youth who are trying to find the right encouragement to do something incredible with their lives.
— Hannah Sweetser, Lee Memorial Library, Allendale, NJ
Danielle Craig facilitated an empowerment group with our female group home on body image, media influences, and self- esteem issues. The conversation was very in-depth and allowed the girls to openly discuss the root of their insecurities and how the media influences how other males and females see them. As an activity the girls were given magazines to create a vision board to describe their own personal strengths and goals. Overall, the girls left feeling empowered and able to freely be themselves with each other and in the world around them.
— Shanita Talton, Children's Aid and Family Services, Fair Lawn, NJ
“We have offered this program twice and both times the positive feedback we received from the girls as well as their parents was overwhelming. With media bombarding all of us with images of men and women that are impossible to live up to, Danielle Craig encourages girls to believe in themselves and love who they are, not what the media has them believe they should be.”
— Jennifer Mae Smith, Head of Children's Services, Suffern Free Library
Danielle Craig did two different empowerment workshops for our agency, Children’s Aid and Family Services, one with our male group home and one with our female group homes. The boys empowerment workshop had a Superhero theme and utilized vision boards. It was great to be part of the group and watch the normally quiet adolescent males participate enthusiastically and enjoy her group. It was both empowering and enlightening for the boys to be part of this group and hopefully gave them new ways to open up their views and ways of thinking.
— Tisha Mender, Children's Aid and Family Services, Fair Lawn, NJ
Spring Lake Library hosted a group of 21 fifth grade girls for Danielle Craig’s program, Compassionate Leadership for Girls. Danielle was extremely efficient and organized setting up the space for the program, and she was a warm presence as she greeted each girl when they arrived. The group was fully engaged through the talking part of the program, where Danielle expressed ideas and concepts designed to encourage feelings of self-worth and to draw out their own personal experiences. After getting comfortable together, they moved on to expressing themselves by acting skits. This event was enjoyed by all, and we would definitely plan to have Danielle for another program in the future.
— Andrea C. Spring Lake Library