Alive2thrive

INTRODUCTION

The Santoro Educational Life Skills Foundation’s web-based program Alive2Thrive, is a comprehensive social and emotional learning curriculum. This curriculum features a series of 36 videos segmented into four targeted modules. Each Module below includes a series of short (2-3 minute) video lessons on specific topics. These lessons are followed by a 10-15-minute discussion which can be led by a teacher or mentor. The lessons are designed for middle and high school students and are all found on this web site.

MODULES

The lessons in the KNOWING ME module seek to empower you with the ability to self-reflect upon “what it means to be you.”

Each video lesson and its activities are designed so that you can better understand yourself and work to become the individual you want to be. It is important that you take each lesson’s activities to heart by being honest with your answers. You are not being graded so the only person you would be cheating is yourself. This is an opportunity to find practical ways to improve yourself and fulfill your potential.

The MANAGING ME module seeks to empower you with the ability to guide your own thoughts in more positive directions each day.

Each video lesson and its activities are designed so that you are empowered with the skills to take control of your emotions and your life.

Some of the things you will learn in this module include:

  • How to deal with lapses in confidence
  • How to take responsibility when your instinct is to make an excuse

The UNDERSTANDING OTHERS module seeks to help you better understand and connect with people who possess different kinds of personality traits.

These lessons are meant to be viewed in order. Please start with the Connecting with People video lesson. Each video builds upon the previous one. Following the completion of the module, you know about the four behavioral styles of the DISC model and you can use this knowledge to improve your relationships with others.

RELATING TO OTHERS, the final module of video lessons, at its core seeks to make you ready to build stronger friendships, as well as meet the needs of others.

Some of the things you will learn in this module include;

  • How to respond when others make mistakes
  • How to work with and convince others to get what you want instead of forcing them to get what you want

The ALIVE2THRIVE curriculum offers alternative versions for several of the lessons. The lessons are of a different style using first-person spoken word poetry and storytelling. If you feel more comfortable with this type of lesson presentation, feel free to use these videos for yourself or for your student. Follow the link below:

“Imagine The Ideal You" – Alternative Video Lesson #1

This alternative lesson is a spoken word performance by Demetrius from Gainesville, FL. In his poem, Demetrius shows us the strength of self-awareness and imagining our ideal self. In his mind he understands the reality of who is and the challenges he faces. After watching the poem follow the instructions presented in the video. 

HOW TO IMPLEMENT

STUDENTS

The ALIVE2THRIVE program only has one goal; To empower you with the skills you need to guide your own life’s decisions and fulfill your potential.

Honestly, we are asking a lot from you to achieve this goal. Finishing the video lessons takes time and it requires you being open and honest. Whether you are using the program by yourself, with a parent/mentor or in the classroom, to get the most out of the lessons, it is important that you be emotionally honest about how you are feeling with each lesson.

PARENTS

Parents, the ALIVE2THRIVE lessons are also for you. We invite you to use these video lessons to introduce important discussions with your child.

While it can be difficult to bring up some of the topics covered by this curriculum, the video lessons are an easy and effective way for you to begin a long-term conversation about sensitive subjects. We ask the same thing from you as we ask of the teachers using this curriculum – that you equally invest your time, commitment and attention to the process.

TEACHERS & MENTORS

Teachers and mentors, we invite you to use the ALIVE2THRIVE video lessons to start important discussions with your student’s. While it can be difficult to bring up some of the topics covered by this curriculum, the video lessons are an easy and effective way for you to begin a long-term conversation about sensitive subjects. We ask the same thing from you as we ask of the parents using this curriculum – that you equally invest your time, commitment and attention to the process.

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