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Session 5 (Ballroom E)

Strand #1

Social & Emotional Skills

Strand #2

Mental & Physical Health


Our session "Raise them up" relates directly to 2 of the 5H conference strands. Our holistic approach to youth development and staff professional development directly corelates to the "Heart": Social emotional skills AND "Health": Mental & physical health. Our session provides 5 mindful ways to shift the climate of your classroom/program/school. We focus on 5 approaches that include fostering social emotional skills and the creation/development of a social climate for all children and youth. Additionally, our session includes a focus on the mental & physical health of students which is a key component of a true holistic approach to student development. Our session will discuss the implementation and balance of the mind, body, connection, digital consciousness, and a mastery of learning component that supports the spirit of the conference's holistic approach to the well-being of all children.

Brief Program Description

Do your social, emotional (SEL), and character education programs need a refresh? Join this session and learn exciting approaches and hands-on activities in areas of mindfulness, healthy behaviors, community engagement and digital and social consciousness. This session will provide a new approach to the development of 21st century skills with grit and resilience.


There is a growing need for educators to understand their own behavior in order to preserve and restore themselves while they are serving youth, the need is becoming more dynamic by the minute! This session provides educators with a hands-on, holistic approach that addresses everything from mindfulness, healthy behaviors, community engagement, digital/social consciousness and mastery of learning. Participants learn how to implement fresh ideas that are CASEL aligned, incorporate self-regulation, self- awareness, relationship skills, and balance to help educators AND students make better day-to-day decisions, think globally and become 21st-century contributors.


Our conference sessions, workshops, and trainings are aligned with CASEL's Social and Emotional Competencies Standards (, as well as the Center for Disease Control and Prevention National Health Education Standards (CDC). Our session, as well as overall approach to curriculum design, staff professional development, and holistic youth development are based on an approach and framework that is research and evidenced based. Our method of trainings across the country are in demand because of our unique holistic approach that includes the following standards; Self-awareness, self-management/regulation, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making. All of these make-up the 5 core competences taught across diverse settings as outlined by CASEL.

Biographical Sketch

Jeffrey L. Jordan Jeffrey L. Jordan is a passionate social entrepreneur who has built several businesses, including a holistic health, wellness and life-coaching practice in New Jersey. His passion is centered on holistic youth development, mentoring and kinetic life coaching. His mission has been dedicated to a Mind, Body, Spirit approach to personal empowerment and life balance for adults, families and youth of all ages. In addition to co-founding kid-grit, Jeffrey has most recently served as the Chief Executive Officer of Sportika Sports, a multi-dimensional 170,000 sq. ft. full encompassing sports complex solution that has become the “Mecca” of indoor sports facilities on the East Coast. Under his leadership, Sportika has emerged as a leader in youth development and sports performance training programs in the USA. With Jeffrey’s contributions, Sportika developed a mission to provide a comprehensive ‘humanistic’ approach to developing young student-athletes. Sportika is committed to developing not only the physical skill of each young athlete, but also their intellect, emotion, instinct and intuition. Jeffrey is committed to preparing young student/athletes to be well rounded, socially conscious, global thinking citizens, and to not only to help them get into college, but to have them thrive once on campus, whether they are playing their sport or not. Jeffrey served on the executive board of the MENtour in 2017 & 2018. The MENtour is a non-profit organization that provides social-emotional workshops and character development programs to middle school boys in Los Angeles, Ca. Over that 2-year span, Jeffrey was a part of a group of men who mentored over 500 middle school boys at the Lennox Middle School in South Central LA each year. In 2005, Jeffrey founded the GoodWorx Foundation, a non-profit organization that provided mentoring & life-skills programs for children, young adults, and NCAA student-athletes. The GoodWorx Foundation partnered with the New Jersey Department of Education and provided service to over 1000 students over the course of 7 years. Concurrently, Jeffrey mentored and provided life-skills curriculum and support for over 750 student-athletes (all sports) on the University level through a partnership with the NCAA CHAMPS/LIFESKILLS initiative. Jeffrey is a National speaker with a unique platform inspiring educators and youth program staff to look at a holistic approach to youth development. His mission is to inspire an awareness of the Mind, Body, & Spirit balance to student and staff programming. Julia Gabor Julia is an award-winning educator. She is the grateful co-founder of kid-grit. kid-grit is a curriculum with a new, holistic approach to youth development which encompasses mindfulness, social and emotional learning, character education, digital and social media awareness and finishes off with a project in service learning. She recently accepted the role of Executive Chef, blog manager at the BOOST Collaborative. Julia has spent the last 17 years working with esteemed organizations such as the LA-All Stars, the Tiger Woods Foundation and WRiTE BRAiN BOOKS.

In 2014, Julia was awarded the Women Making a Difference by U.S. Senator of California Lou Correa for her contributions in youth programming in Orange County, CA. In, 2013 Julia received the OSTI award from BOOST for her contribution to out-of-school time individuals by providing innovative approaches to support students, families and communities. She also was awarded the Honor and Educator award in 2012 from Cal State Fullerton.

In 2014- 2017, as Director of Education of WRiTE BRAiN BOOKS, Julia expanded and introduced the project based literacy curriculum into education communities across the nation. In just three years, the company has landed in 45 states and over 55k students will become published authors.

From 2006- 2014, Julia held several exciting positions at the Tiger Woods Foundation (TWF). She managed a mentor program for first-generation college students, attending private and liberal art universities. Julia developed specialized programs and activity-based curriculum in a variety of different educational areas. Julia also managed a national character education program called Tiger’s Action Plan (TAP). TAP served close to 10 million students from 2003-2009. TAP is a free youth development curriculum that focuses on leadership, goal setting, service learning and career exploration. Prior to joining TWF, Julia was a Coordinator for the After-School All-Stars in Los Angeles, where she taught a range of middle school enrichment classes- from personal leadership and sports classes to performance and visual art classes.

As a consultant, Julia designs, trains and facilitates workshops for educators, small businesses, mentor programs and students. She loves to create unique activity-based programs and implementation strategies for education communities that enhance student success and pushes students towards a productive and joyful future. Julia has been teaching/leading groups since she was a teenager working alongside her mother, who is a master acting teacher, and coach in the USA and Europe. Julia has served as a trainer/facilitator in disguised learning and cultural diversity throughout California. In 2009, She received the Honored Educator Award from Cal State Fullerton for dedication to education in the Orange County Community.

Julia is a graduate of the State University of New York, Fredonia receiving her bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts. She received her Master’s in Educational Leadership from Antioch University in 2012.

Keyword Descriptors

social emotional learning, mindfulness, character education, SEL, rofessionpal development, mental & physical health, youth development

Presentation Year

March 2020

Start Date

3-10-2020 10:15 AM

End Date

3-10-2020 11:30 AM

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Mar 10th, 10:15 AM Mar 10th, 11:30 AM

Raise them Up! 5 Mindful Ways to Shift the Climate of Your Classroom/Program/School

Session 5 (Ballroom E)

Do your social, emotional (SEL), and character education programs need a refresh? Join this session and learn exciting approaches and hands-on activities in areas of mindfulness, healthy behaviors, community engagement and digital and social consciousness. This session will provide a new approach to the development of 21st century skills with grit and resilience.