Kathy Hoffman, Superintendent of Public Instruction,
AZ Department of Education
Dr. Helen Easterling-Williams, Dean of Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology
UBU SOCIAL/EMOTIONAL Curriculum
(The UBU Treasure Chest) is built upon a solid foundation of:
Much like the Saturday morning cartoon Schoolhouse Rock™, UBU Project Performing Arts Integration Social/Emotional Residencies utilize performing arts skills and curricula to introduce, support, and enhance the work already being done within your SEL/PBIS curriculum. The exciting difference with UBU Project Residencies: All content is co-created by your students!
The perfect addition to any organization's
*Positive Behavior & Supports Intervention
*Safe & Healthy Students Programming
UBU SEL-ARTS Residencies follow the model of all UBU Project Arts Integration Curriculum (based upon the principles of Socratic Seminar) increasing student meta-cognition and application of the subject matter at hand through a guided, interactive process that is,
Likewise, with our UBU SEL-ARTS Residencies, we explore the neuroplasticity of the human brain by creating the foundational steps of encouraging healthy, new neuropathways in all participants. This process is achieved through UBU's hope-filled, co-creative, interactive classroom techniques, and methods & materials. Every UBU SEL-Arts 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 full and informed awareness of this highly delicate subject matter. Therefore, we engage in ongoing communication with and support from, mental health care, childhood trauma, and education professionals. The facts we deal with on a daily basis are truly sobering, and humbling, while also, inspiring us to action:
Youth Suicide Statistics:
Youth Substance Abuse Statistics
Youth Bullying Statistics
Our Kids Need: HOPE, RESILIENCE, SELF-COMPASSION, EMPATHY
Plus these powerful testimonials from UBU parents, teachers and school counselors who have experienced the life-affirming work of The UBU Project:
(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)
for details contact us directly:
David Simmons, Executive Director: email@example.com
Kim Zinevich, Director of Operations: firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition to countless qualitative testimonials, The UBU Project's research date shows that in a cross-section of over 1200 students there is a 31.75% increase in student meta-cognition and application of our SEL "Treasure Chest" curricula of;
Hope | Esperanza
Resilience | Resistencia
Self-Compassion | Auto-Compasion
Empathy | Empatia
As one of our partner school counselors said;
"...they also have a new song writing skill that also builds their self-esteem and helps them give voice to the struggles of their hearts in a hopeful, compassionate, and empathic way. I highly recommend The UBU Project to other schools and students."
In addition to being an honors graduate of the University of Montana School of Music with additional study in Vienna Austria, I am a thriving survivor of my own suicide attempt, a grateful recovering alcoholic with over 29 years sober and I was the big kid who got bullied in school and continued to bully myself well into adulthood. You see...
On March 31, 2009 I 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 thriving with managed mental illness.
Rather than continue to morn and grieve the nearly life-ending events of March 31, 2009, it has been dubbed and celebrated as: 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 (29 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 SEL-Arts residencies where students are encouraged to:
"Find Your Voice. Tell Your Story. 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
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