Personal YOUth Enrichment Classes
“Dragonfly Academy” offers a “YOUnique” individualized and personalized Enrichment Program in Los Osos, CA, integrating evidence-based strategies and practices of mindfulness, movement, yoga, and social emotional learning to develop the essential life skills of emotional intelligence, or “Sm’Heart skills” — the essential education for responding more skillfully to life in the 21st Century!
Note~ MK YOU also offers “Dragonfly Circles” which is a group enrichment program offered in community class locations.
Sm’Heart Skills: the inner resources for resilience and well-being:
Well-being is a skill and all skills require practice, practice, practice!
“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” ~Charles Swindoll
Each week your child will strengthen his/her muscles: strong MIND, strong HEART, strong BODY.
As these muscles are strengthened, he/she will begin to discover his/her very own inner resources or “superpowers” including:
- balanced emotions,
- sense of calm,
- and more! (see The ABC’s of Mindfulness)
When we engage our superpowers we begin to feel more calm, confident, and happier at home, at school, and about life.
~~~~~~~~~~ WHO? ~~~~~~~~~~
YOUth ages 5-18 (as well as adults- see Personal Coaching!)
- For YOUth who attend public/private school with options to attend after-school hours, evenings, weekends, or vacations (*MAKE A REFERRAL to your child’s school for IN-SCHOOL PROGRAMS!)
- For Home-Schooled YOUth ~ approved vendor for Inspire with options to attend days, evenings, weekends
This class is beneficial for ANYONE. Mindful Kindful YOUniversity was founded to address the challenges youth face in school and in life, which interfere with learning, relationships, and mental well-being, such as:
- stress, overwhelm;
- distraction, impulse control, difficulty focusing;
- bullying and social issues;
- difficult emotions — anger, anxiety, depression
…and bringing these skills to social dynamics at school, at home, and in the community, while equipping students with the inner resources for reducing stress and cultivating the skills needed for balance, resilience, over-all well-being.
YOUth with special needs are welcomed and encouraged, too!
The classes are particularly beneficial for for anyone with challenges or impairments in any of the following areas: Learning Disabilities ~ Attention ~ Hyperactivity ~ Impulsive behaviors ~ Auditory processing ~ Poor coordination ~ Low self-esteem ~ Social skills ~ Difficulty making friends ~ and so much more!
I have worked with large groups, small groups, and individuals for 30+ years serving youth with social, emotional, behavioral, and communication challenges. I have pioneered programs in schools in Northern CA before moving here. While I am taking action to get programs in our local schools, I am also offering personalized coaching and community programs!
~~~~~~~~~~ WHY? ~~~~~~~~~~
We hope that our childrens’ stress levels will fall and physical awareness will rise but how often do we teach them how to create these changes?*
We hope that our childrens’ will be able to pay attention and tune out distractions but how often do we teach them how to do this?*
We hope that our childrens’ will be happy and able to regulate difficult emotions but how often do we teach them how to achieve this state of being?*
We hope that our childrens’ will be kind and refrain from judging others but how often do we teach them how to achieve this state of being?*
There are numerous benefits and these classes will empower youth with the confidence for facing the challenges and stresses in life today by cultivating healthy life skills & habits for positive attitudes, behaviors, relationships, as well as resilience for well-being and success throughout all stages of life. Students come to learn that experiences don’t have to overwhelm them and they can learn to remain calm and centered through life’s ups and downs.
WHOLE BRAIN/WHOLE BODY APPROACH: to promote social, emotional, and physical well-being grounded in science and positive psychology and providing the student with opportunities to integrate these skills through
- mindful attention training,
- breathing practices,
- movement / yoga,
- guided relaxation,
- and emotional intelligence skills.
MAGIC IS IN THE SEEDS: The magic is in the “seeds” which are planted through our practices, because students are empowered and equipped with the knowledge, tools, and confidence to move through the daily challenges that come up in their lives (including difficult emotions such as anger or depression, anxiety and overwhelm, difficulty focusing and distraction, challenging relationships with friends and peers, including bullying, and more).
Over time, our practices may help students improve their self-awareness of the world within their own bodies (thoughts, feelings, sensations) which leads to greater self-regulation and resiliency; social awareness & relationship skills improve and positive attitudes are cultivated through empathy, compassion, and kindness; responsible decision making improves; all of which positively impact all other areas of their lives including learning readiness and academics.
These, and other potential benefits are the core competencies of social-emotional intelligence, and the major predictors of overall well-being, success, and happiness in life.
I create a safe, supportive, and accepting environment to help each student feel confident to try new things, discovering his/her gifts, reaching new heights in physical, mental and emotional well-being! Sm’heart fitness inside and out!!!!
The benefits of individualized instruction is that lessons can be personalized for any specific areas of challenge. Your child will receive weekly challenges to practice at home to receive the most benefit.
Has mindfulness helped you? Yes. Mindfulness is very helpful at school. Instead of getting up and crying, now I stay at my desk and breathe.
What would school/the world be like if everyone practiced mindfulness? School would be a LOT calmer!!!” ~M, age 12 (after 8 sessions)
“Dragonfly Academy” Program Options
(Sibling? Friends? Can take up to 2 students in a session)
NOW AT A SPECIAL DISCOUNTED RATE THROUGH THE HOLIDAYS:
SINGLE 60 MIN CLASS: WAS $30 / NOW $20 credit card / WAS $29 / NOW $19 cash or check*
OR 5 PRE-PAID 60 MIN CLASSES: WAS $145/ NOW $95 credit card / WAS $140 / $90 cash or check
Complimentary initial consultation for parent (up to 30 minutes)Contact Dee to schedule
Not sure if these classes are right for your child?
Schedule a complimentary initial 30 minute consultation to discuss your child’s needs!
REPEAT the program as many times as you wish for continued benefits
just as you would repeat any good fitness program. A minimum of 10 sessions are recommended.
MK YOU is an approved Vendor for Inspire Academy home school programs.
Referral benefits as well!
Dragonfly Academy class content is dynamic and individualized.
Dee DiGioia has worked with large groups and individuals for 30+ years serving youth with social, emotional, behavioral, and communication challenges. Dee has created individual plans for youth to meet their individual needs. Lesson content for one child may look quite different than for another child, based on their individual needs, personalities, and developmental levels. That’s what makes this home program so YOUnique! Home practice is expected for best results.
Dragonfly Academy SCHEDULING is individualized and flexible!
REPEAT the program as many times as you wish for continued benefits just as you would repeat any good fitness program. A minimum of 10 sessions are recommended. You can custom schedule your days. The best progress will be seen with consistency in attendance, however life happens- illness, doctor’s appointments, travel — if you need to skip a week or two, no problem, just let me know! There will be an expiration to your pre-paid classes within a reasonable time frame to ensure your commitment. Emotional intelligence develops by learning and practicing skills over and over. We’ll keep the content fresh, but continue to practice and build on what we have previously learned! Learning never ends at the YOUniversity!
What happens when the prepaid sessions are over and you want to attend more classes?
Perfect! That means you are understanding the value of these lessons, and perhaps even seeing some positive results in your child from this class. Simply sign up for additional sessions. Since this is individualized for your child’s needs, it will include new content and continued practices building upon the foundations already learned.
Be sure to check out our other informational pages:
What is Mindfulness, Research and Benefits, Why Mindfulness, and What students are saying about mindfulness
Parents are welcome to wait on our backyard deck (and listen in on the lessons) during our sessions, or free to run errands or take a walk. We are one block from Baywood Los Osos and the beautiful back bay, as well as the Sweet Water Nature Reserve. Individual and group parent programs are also available!
Dragonfly Academy was named as such because the symbolism of the dragonfly aligns with the intentions of Mindful Kindful YOUniversity. The metamorphic transformation from nymph to dragonfly symbolizes resilience the shedding of our negative patterns of limiting thoughts, behaviors and habits, and an emergence of our more skillful way of responding to “life”. Like the nymph who sheds its layers as it leaves its stage of life submerged in water and transforms into a dragonfly capable of flight, at all stages of our lives we develop the capacities to reveal our beautiful, positive and true nature, and reaping positive benefits in health and happiness. Mindful. Kindful. Skillful. Transformational!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Contact Dee to schedule
Reminder: Also available ~ MK YOUth Programs for Schools and YOUth programs in San Luis Obispo County or Northern Santa Barbara County.
Photos of my home studio in Los Osos, CA (below):