Teach essential life skills to impoverished youth worldwide through training in the performing arts – breaking the cycle of poverty by inspiring change from within.
What: We provide life coaching for children and youth in disadvantaged communities such as leprosy colonies, prisons, impoverished neighborhoods, orphanages, drug rehab centers, and trafficking shelters around the world. We teach life skills such as discipline, focus, goal-setting, time management, perseverance, and critical thinking through an experiential, arts-based methodology. Millions of youth have never been taught the basic tools necessary to succeed in a structured environment such as an education, a career, or a stable family life. Promethean Spark life coaching programs help youth find a new paradigm for living, which allows them to see their potential and to dream of doing things they previously would have found to be impossible. These programs then show youth how to make what they deemed impossible, possible. Students learn how to turn their dreams into concrete goals that they can go on to make a reality. Participants learn how to grow past their limits and establish habits that will serve them in their education, career, and personal relationships.
How: Our methodology is unique in that it utilizes both academic and experiential learning, based in science. One cannot become disciplined by talking about discipline. So our students learn about discipline, then we get on our feet and practice it, every day, together. We use the mediums of fitness, dance, yoga, and music to engrain these life skills. By harnessing the power of the arts and exercise, the classes are simultaneously challenging, nurturing, and fun. Since one cannot develop life skills in a day or even a week, we run our programs five days a week for multiple weeks or months. Our shortest program is one month long and our longest programs are run year-round.
Mode of Operating: We partner with established service organizations who are already working with our target demographic in their country. Once a pilot program has proven successful in a given location, we collaborate with that local organization to create long-term, established programs. Instead of paying us for our work or expertise, they provide safe housing, food, transportation, and internet for our certified life coaches during their stay in-country and assist in recruitment of students for our programs. We train our life coaches in the PSI methodology through an intensive certification course. We then organize expeditions for those who are able to travel for months at a time to lead our programs and coach the students with the tools they need to succeed in school, in a career, and in life.
Lifelong Results: Through enjoyable discipline honed through the arts, growth through hard work, setting goals, never giving up, experiencing the feeling of success, and being a creator in their own right, a fire is lit within each student. Their mental frame of reference shifts. The life lessons they learn from these programs are invaluable as they apply the skills to any endeavor they choose to pursue for the rest of their lives. 95% of our alumni graduate high school. Between 80-90% of our alumni go on to graduate from college or get training and find full time employment. They carry the lessons and training they receive in the PSI programs with them for the rest of their lives and go on to teach those in their sphere of influence the same principles.
Our participants learn
- Time Management
- Critical Thinking
- Hard work
- Social Accountability
- Personal Accountability
- Clear Communication