Our SEL/PBIS Curriculum is built upon a solid foundation of:
HOPE | RESILIENCE | SELF-COMPASSION | EMPATHY
Much like the Saturday morning cartoon Schoolhouse Rock™, UBU Project Arts Integration Social Emotional Residencies utilize performing arts skills and curricula to support and enhance the work already being done within your SEL/PBIS curriculum. The exciting difference with UBU Project Arts Integration Residencies:
All lyrics and scripts are created by your students!
The perfect addition to any organization's Social-Emotional Curriculum | Positive Behavior & Supports Intervention | Safe & Healthy Students Programming, UBU Prevention Residencies follow the model of all UBU Project Arts Integration Curriculum (as based upon the principles of Socratic Seminar) increasing student meta-cognition of the subject matter at hand through a guided, interactive process which is,
Likewise, with our UBU SEL/PBIS Residencies, we explore the neuro-plasticity of the human brain by creating the foundational steps of encouraging healthy, new neuro-pathways in all participants. This process is achieved through UBU's hope-filled, creative, interactive classroom techniques, methods and materials. Every UBU prevention residency is a celebration of life based upon positive self-discovery, making healthy choices and advancing the life-narrative of all involved towards an affirming sense of wholeness and self-compassion.
As teaching artists, we fully recognize the need to maintain a full and informed awareness of this highly delicate subject matter. Therefore, we engage in ongoing communication with, and support from, mental health care and education professionals. The facts we deal with on a daily basis are truly sobering, humbling and, inspire us to action:
Suicide is a Leading Cause of Death for Youth in America. Our Kids Need
Hope | Resilience | Self-Compassion | Empathy
The mission of The UBU Project is:
To end youth suicide, addiction and bullying through arts integration.
It may seem like a daunting task; however, The UBU Project is Doing Something About It As Champions In Partnership with Schools, Districts, Communities and other Youth-Focused Organizations
Join us and become part of the solution!
Quite simply put: The UBU Project teaches suicide prevention, drug prevention and anti-bullying through Interactive, Performing Arts Integration (Social/Emotional Learning)
Plus these powerful testimonials from others who have experienced the life-affirming work of UBU Founder and Executive Director David Simmons:
(Utilize Your UBU Project SEL/PBIS Residency To Create Peer-Led Support Groups & Outreach Programs Within Your School, District, Community and other Youth-focused Organizations)
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UBU Suicide Prevention: Student Reflections
UBU Suicide Prevention: Faculty | Staff | Admin Reflections
UBU Student Reflections: Suicide Prevention | Peer Mentoring
UBU Project "Lyric Video" All lyrics by UBU Project/IntelliSchools Residency Students
UBU Students perform their original song: "Celebrate Life!"
UBU Substance ABUSE Prevention: original Student songs
On March 31, 2009 I woke up, lied to my wife and told her everything was fine, then, through a variety of drastic modalities, attempted to take my own life. This was not a cry for help. This was my violent, final attempt to end myself. Had I not been found and saved when I was, I would not be alive right now. After seven and a half weeks on a locked psyche ward I was discharged with the following diagnosis; Major Depressive Disorder Recurrent. It was discovered that I had been living with this mental illness for over 40 years and it had never been properly discussed, diagnosed or treated. However, my recovery has been so remarkable that when I tell this story it’s as if I’m talking about a book I once read written by someone else about a completely different person. I have learned the difference between living with mental illness, and living with managed mental illness.
Rather than continue to morn and grieve the nearly life-ending events of March 31, 2009, my late wife Marilyn quickly dubbed it: LIFE DAY. The Day I Got a 2nd Chance at Life! I have not wasted this gift...
I then began a personal campaign to shine a light in the societal darkness of mental illness and its much-needed diagnosis and treatment. To normalize the conversation. Then recently I was deeply moved by the following statistics:
I am not a mental health care professional or therapist. I am a “wounded healer” working in partnership with mental health care and K-12 education professionals to create opportunities for these young people to be heard, not hurt. To celebrate, not destroy. To learn that it is OK to tell their story, find hope and share it with the world.
In addition to my experience as a thriving survivor of my own suicide attempts, I am a grateful recovering alcoholic (26+ years) and also experienced my fair share of bullying as a public school student. These experiences, in addition to decades of work in classrooms and performance venues, give me a unique perspective in leading The UBU Project's #NeverGiveUp SEL residencies where students are encouraged to: "Find Your Voice. Tell Your Story. Write Your Song. Share Your Hope."
"The UBU Project's suicide prevention program is much more than a suicide prevention program. It is a celebration of life!" -High School Student
"I got things to do
I ain't even half way through
Step aside, gimme room to move
Take a ride and lose your blues
Cause I ain't done yet (I ain't done yet)
I ain't done yet (I ain't done yet)
Don't you worry, and don't you fret
Cause I ain't done yet!"
From I Ain't Done Yet, music and lyrics by David Simmons (on the UBU Records CD: HOPE)
To hear the entire song please scroll down and click the video link