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NEA & HALLE 2017~2019 REPORT Thanks to The National Endowment for the Arts and the Diane & Bruce Halle Foundation for helping us realize we can Release our Fears and that our Hope and Dreams are Possible through the ARTS.


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Thank you to The Diane and Bruce Halle Foundation for supporting Release the Fear's (RTF) "Train the Trainer" program, expanding the reach of RTF’s mission and matching the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). A special thanks to the NEA for recognizing the importance of project and the community it serves. This report reflects how our facilitators are trained, hands-on, to effectively use the creative processes of our "Bridging Possibilities" program. "Bridging Possibilities" is a character education program designed to enlighten and enrich the lives of our youth. It inspires and empowers our youth with essential life skills. These skills give them the opportunity to make better life choices, find their inherent gifts, and know that they matter. Thus, allowing them to lead a more productive life and perhaps become tomorrow's leaders. The following information reflects the results of collected data from 306 young people who collaboratively experienced one of our “Bridging Possibilities� workshops.

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FINDING ANSWERS TO LIFE’S CHALLENGES THROUGH THE CREATIVE PROCESS OF THE ARTS.


"It amazes me how each one of the individual canvases come from created different people from different backgrounds, different eccentricities. Yet we were able to come together and bring them together and create something beautiful as one understanding one masterpiece, almost like a metaphor for what we can do as a community... as a new world." M.B. age 16


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hat: Release the Fear, a non-profit health and human services organization, teaches Arizona’s youth the

life skills needed to combat the effects of Peer Pressure, Gang involvement, Bullying, Abuse, and Violence in our society and to make better life choices. Release the Fear (RTF) has worked with thousands of at-risk youth and adults in Arizona and around the world, offering experiential programs that help reverse the paralyzing effects of fear and diminished self-worth. Our programs encourage youth to explore safe and healthy lifestyles and to overcome disabilities through the development of leadership and social skills through evidence-based curriculum that meets National Common Core standards. Arizona Department of Education, accredited Release the Fear program as a Character Education program

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ow: These programs stimulate whole-brain thinking and develop metacognitive thought processing by utilizing new

applied-knowledge teaching methods. These programs demonstrate options that awaken a creative consciousness and expose the unlimited potential of critical thinking and problem solving to help participants develop better cognitive behavioral skills. Our trained facilitators guide participants through interactive creative activities and analytically explore the connectedness to their lives. Release the Fear utilizes inquiry-based learning experiences, an educational practice where the teacher/facilitator uses controlled questioning to serve as a learning guide in order to move students towards new understandings. Educational research shows that student retention increases when new learning is discovered through inquiry practices, as the student is able to take ownership of these findings. The teacher/facilitator must act as guide while being an expert questioner, thinking of the end objective at all times and posing questions to allow students to reach ideas on their own. When this is done, students are able to create new thought patterns which connect and build on their applied knowledge and personal life goals. Without these essential life skills, the still- maturing minds of detained youth view their future as bleak with no hope for a “normal” life.

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pproach: Through experiential programs, we encourage participants to develop valuable core life skills, better critical

problem solving, and a healthy sense of understanding of self and others. Through the RTF programs, participants discover that anything is possible, that they have a purpose in life. They see why they do matter to the world, to the community, and most of all to themselves.

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ransformation: The Maricopa County Juvenile Probation Office released a 2010 report demonstrating the value of

Inside Out Bridging Possibilities workshops on 357 of their juvenile population. Thirty percent of incarcerated youth recidivate—meaning three out of ten will again find themselves in conflict with law and society and back behind bars. For the incarcerated youth who participated in just one Release the Fear workshop, that recidivism figure dropped by 23 percent. For those who were able to benefit from multiple workshops, it dropped by 16 percent - nearly half. That is an impressive impact on any child’s future as well as the community in general. Release the Fear, Inc. has worked with youth in Arizona and internationally, in such places as Guam and El Salvador, instilling positive life changes for thousands.


"In the Bridging Possibilities workshop we realize that you have to go through a few hoops to achieve your dreams. . ." John D.


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Average of 450-500 Arizona youth per year have found themselves in secure care or behind the fence at Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections (ADJC) Out of that a three-year longitudinal study was conducted on 928 youth that participated in the Release the Fear program. Above (left) percentages display the ADJC recidivism average from 2011- 2013; The percentages on the right are based on youth who have attended one or more RTF Character Education “Inside-Out Bridging Possibilities� programs either in secure care or while on parole within the community.


For eleven years, Release the Fear has had the opportunity to interact with over 11,600 disadvantage and at-risk youth; these youth now know they have a life purpose. They know their wishes and dreams can come true. They know they are worth it and that they matter!

Our evidence-based curriculum has helped troubled kids in schools, jails, detention, and treatment centers. Through the creative processes of art, music, and communication, we teach kids cognitive behavioral skills to build self-esteem. They learn tools to help them succeed in school, conflict resolution, and to address peer pressure, and bullying.

Between the years 2007 and 2018, Release the Fear has shown constant improvement upon youth’s pre-and post-reporting’s learned about perceptions of themselves.

In addition, during the years of 2012 and 2018,

Release the Fear has contributed to an overall improvement of youth’s self-reported willingness to assist another if bullied. Despite a decline of reported learning’s about proactive options to prevent being bullied, their learning consistently remained over 77 percent.


INQUIRY-BASED REFLECTIONS


2017 ~ 2018 RELEASE THE FEAR RTF Pre/Post Survey Key Results

NEA in Conjunction with The Diane and Bruce Halle Foundation OVERALL PERCENTAGES 306 Students (18 BP Workshops) Male 53.5% Female 46.5% – Youth Ages 10-19 77.9% discovered something new about themselves 83.0% discovered something new about classmates and friends. Pre 63.7% compared to Post 77.8% realized that they are not alone in their fears. Pre 85.3% compared to Post 89.7% realized that they can make their dreams a reality. 81.8% learned something to help them deal with bullying. 84.1% stated that they would do something if they saw someone being bullied. Individual Workshop Percentages 1. September 5-7, 2017 Academy High School 19 Students (1 IO-BP Workshops) Male 60% Female 40% – Youth Ages 16-18 82% discovered something new about themselves 94% discovered something new about classmates and friends. Pre 55% compared to Post 94% realized that they are not alone in their fears. Pre 95% compared to Post 100% realized that they can make their dreams a reality. 82% learned something to help them deal with bullying. 100% stated that they would do something if they saw someone being bullied. 2. October 12-14, 2017 Rock Solid 10 Students (1 IO-BP Workshops) Male 40% Female 60% – Youth Ages 13-17 0% discovered something new about themselves 0% discovered something new about classmates and friends. Pre 80% compared to Post 0% realized that they are not alone in their fears. Pre 80% compared to Post 0% realized that they can make their dreams a reality. 0% learned something to help them deal with bullying. 0% stated that they would do something if they saw someone being bullied. 3. December 11-13, 2017 Peoria Accelerated High School 21 Students (1 IO-BP Workshops) Male 52% Female 48% – Youth Ages 14-19 75% discovered something new about themselves 90% discovered something new about classmates and friends. Pre 57% compared to Post 95% realized that they are not alone in their fears. Pre 74% compared to Post 95% realized that they can make their dreams a reality. 85% learned something to help them deal with bullying. 95% stated that they would do something if they saw someone being bullied.


4. December 27-29, 2017 Adobe Juvenile Facility 17 Students (1 IO-BP Workshops) Male 100% Female 0% – Youth Ages 15-17 25% discovered something new about themselves 25% discovered something new about classmates and friends. Pre 71% compared to Post 83% realized that they are not alone in their fears. Pre 76% compared to Post 67% realized that they can make their dreams a reality. 17% learned something to help them deal with bullying. 42% stated that they would do something if they saw someone being bullied. 5. December 27-29, 2017 Adobe Juvenile Facility 10 Students (1 IO-BP Workshops) Male 100% Female 0% – Youth Ages 14-17 25% discovered something new about themselves 25% discovered something new about classmates and friends. Pre 88% compared to Post 68% realized that they are not alone in their fears. Pre 88% compared to Post 75% realized that they can make their dreams a reality. 37% learned something to help them deal with bullying. 63% stated that they would do something if they saw someone being bullied. 6. January 9-12, 2018 Peralta Elementary School 25 Students (1 IO-BP Workshops) Male 56% Female 44% – Youth Ages 10-12 96% discovered something new about themselves 100% discovered something new about classmates and friends. Pre 52% compared to Post 64% realized that they are not alone in their fears. Pre 96% compared to Post 100% realized that they can make their dreams a reality. 96% learned something to help them deal with bullying. 100% stated that they would do something if they saw someone being bullied. 7. January 17-19, 2018 Fine Arts Academy 24 Students (1 IO-BP Workshops) Male 40% Female 60% – Youth Ages 12-13 64% discovered something new about themselves 72% discovered something new about classmates and friends. Pre 63% compared to Post 84% realized that they are not alone in their fears. Pre 96% compared to Post 100% realized that they can make their dreams a reality. 68% learned something to help them deal with bullying. 88% stated that they would do something if they saw someone being bullied. 8. January 24-25, 2018 Adobe Mountain 6 Students (1 IO-BP Workshops) Male 100% Female 0% – Youth Ages 16-17 100% discovered something new about themselves 100% discovered something new about classmates and friends. Pre 50% compared to Post 100% realized that they are not alone in their fears. Pre 100% compared to Post 100% realized that they can make their dreams a reality. 100% learned something to help them deal with bullying. 100% stated that they would do something if they saw someone being bullied.


9. January 30, 31-February 2, 2018 Littleton Elementary School 33 Students (1 IO-BP Workshops) Male 45% Female 55% – Youth Ages 12-14 86% discovered something new about themselves 79% discovered something new about classmates and friends. Pre 67% compared to Post 82% realized that they are not alone in their fears. Pre 91% compared to Post 96% realized that they can make their dreams a reality. 71% learned something to help them deal with bullying. 93% stated that they would do something if they saw someone being bullied. 10. February 12-14, 2018 Fine Arts Academy 29 Students (1 IO-BP Workshops) Male 37% Female 63% – Youth Ages 12-13 85% discovered something new about themselves. 100% discovered something new about classmates and friends. Pre 53% compared to Post 62% realized that they are not alone in their fears. Pre 86% compared to Post 97% realized that they can make their dreams a reality. 86% learned something to help them deal with bullying. 93% stated that they would do something if they saw someone being bullied. 11. February 21-24, 2017 Estrella Vista School 17 Students (1 IO-BP Workshops) Male 39% Female 61% – Youth Ages 11-12 82% discovered something new about themselves 82% discovered something new about classmates and friends. Pre 77% compared to Post 100% realized that they are not alone in their fears. Pre 69% compared to Post 100% realized that they can make their dreams a reality. 94% learned something to help them deal with bullying. 94% stated that they would do something if they saw someone being bullied. 12. March 13-15, 2018 Florence Crittenton 18 Students (1 IO-BP Workshops) Male 21% Female 79% – Youth Ages 11-17 65% discovered something new about themselves. 71% discovered something new about classmates and friends. Pre 75% compared to Post 88% realized that they are not alone in their fears. Pre 58% compared to Post 53% realized that they can make their dreams a reality. 100% learned something to help them deal with bullying. 59% stated that they would do something if they saw someone being bullied. 13. March 13-15, 2018 SEF 11 Students (1 IO-BP Workshops) Male 83% Female 17% – Youth Ages 14-17 85% discovered something new about themselves 85% discovered something new about classmates and friends. Pre 50% compared to Post 71% realized that they are not alone in their fears. Pre 75% compared to Post 85% realized that they can make their dreams a reality. 85% learned something to help them deal with bullying. 85% stated that they would do something if they saw someone being bullied.


14. March 19-21, 2018 Adobe Mountain 8 Students (1 IO-BP Workshops) Male 100% Female 0% – Youth Ages 13-17 100% discovered something new about themselves 100% discovered something new about classmates and friends. Pre 75% compared to Post 60% realized that they are not alone in their fears. Pre 88% compared to Post 80% realized that they can make their dreams a reality. 100% learned something to help them deal with bullying. 40% stated that they would do something if they saw someone being bullied. 15. March 21-23, 2018 Estrella Vista 20 Students (1 IO-BP Workshops) Male 50% Female 50% – Youth Ages 11-14 100% discovered something new about themselves 100% discovered something new about classmates and friends. Pre 90% compared to Post 82% realized that they are not alone in their fears. Pre 90% compared to Post 100% realized that they can make their dreams a reality. 94% learned something to help them deal with bullying. 100% stated that they would do something if they saw someone being bullied. 16. April 3-5, 2018 SEF 10 Students (1 IO-BP Workshops) Male 60% Female 40% – Youth Ages 13-17 86% discovered something new about themselves 86% discovered something new about classmates and friends. Pre 70% compared to Post 100% realized that they are not alone in their fears. Pre 100% compared to Post 100% realized that they can make their dreams a reality. 100% learned something to help them deal with bullying. 100% stated that they would do something if they saw someone being bullied. 17. April 17-19, 2018 SEF 6 Students (1 IO-BP Workshops) Male 0% Female 100% – Youth Ages 14-17 100% discovered something new about themselves 100% discovered something new about classmates and friends. Pre 58% compared to Post 100% realized that they are not alone in their fears. Pre 100% compared to Post 100% realized that they can make their dreams a reality. 100% learned something to help them deal with bullying. 100% stated that they would do something if they saw someone being bullied. 18. June 19, 2018 Florence Crittenton 22 Students (1 IO-BP Workshops) Male 0% Female 100% – Youth Ages 12-17 73% discovered something new about themselves 73% discovered something new about classmates and friends. Pre 53% compared to Post 70% realized that they are not alone in their fears. Pre 87% compared to Post 80% realized that they can make their dreams a reality. 80% learned something to help them deal with bullying. 93% stated that they would do something if they saw someone being bullied.


RELEASE THE FEAR 2017 / National Endowment for the Arts application Program Budget: Bridging Possibilities character building workshops: Proposed Budget Per Workshop Instructional Programming: Program Supervisor/Trainer Co-Facilitator / Trainee Reporting and Evaluations: Pre/Post Inventories Final Report Supplies and Other Workshop Exp Art & Printed Supplies / Snacks Recognition for Students, Postage, Mktng Internal Coordination, Support & Workshop Presentation Travel Expenses – Average WORKSHOP TOTALS

Actual 18 workshops

$680.00 $300.00

$12,240.00 $ 5,400.00

$150.00 $ 90.00

$2,700.00 $1,680.00

$ 90.00 $ 60.00

$1,680.00 $1,080.00

$300.00 $ 50.00

$5,400.00 $900.00

$1,720.00

$31,080

Cost Breakdown per workshop with average of 18 youth each: Average cost per daily session: $567.00 Average cost per youth per session $31.50 Per Capita cost per youth workshop: $94.00

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Release the Fear’s mission, since 1996, is to counter the effects of violence in our communities by turning fear, anger, and hate into acceptance, hope, and self empowerment, bridging endless possibilities through the creative process.


Thanks to NEA in conjunction with The Diane and Bruce Halle Foundation, 19 young lives from Academy Partners High School experienced their Possibilities. This workshop took place on September 5-7 2017 #1 of 18 Opening up possibilities for the young minds of Arizona’s youth for a brighter tomorrow.© “Bridging Possibility” workshops. Through stories, activities and artwork, Release the Fear’s Workshops will help students to: • Draw One’s Fears and Awaken Hopes and Dreams • Stimulate Creative Listening and Communication • Bridge Understanding • Discuss How Color Affects Us and Our Environment Senses • Heighten Visual Awareness of Our Environment • Turn Pain into Possibilities into Purpose. The students are divided into groups or teams that they remain with throughout the workshop. In their small group, the students may be asked to complete an activity, to share responses, or to reflect on an exercise. Often times these groups can have students with different beliefs, various backgrounds, and even opposing gang affiliations. The workshop will end with a group created painting to be displayed for the public. Participant Responses Participants are asked to reflect on several of the activities and then share with the group. These responses are written in their words without edit. The following responses are from the students who range in ages from 16-18. How do you think this activity could help you in your daily life (In School, Out of School, or In Your Career)? Who am I? : Honesty, responsibility. Respect work, assignments. Own up to things Keep it 100%, you end up somewhere you don’t want to be if you don’t. / Accountability, being truthful, responsibility. Homework, making it to school. Take accountability. / Confidence, courage. No shame participation. To stop it whether it is you or someone else. Have to be courageous to take your next step. / Accountability, courage, honesty, trustworthy. Help you to be successful. Courage to stand up for yourself. Accountability to help someone in trouble. Creative story telling: Teamwork. If you work together you can achieve things. If you help someone that’s being bullied and I come up to the bully it could potentially end the bullying. You use people for their resources. / Teamwork, listening, and confidence. You got to listen to learn. Confidence to stand up and help. Teamwork makes a dream work. / Confidence. Speak in front of class. Speak up to bullies. Interviews, public speaking. / Teamwork and confidence and positive attitude. You need determination to do well in school. I’m determined to speak up for someone who gets bullied, so if I do, someone will. Being creative can help you solve problems. Mirror work: Look at Yourself in the eyes (ONLY) and tell yourself that you love or like yourself just the way you are: Look strong, handsome in somewhat way, but a little ugly. / It makes me happy. I don’t feel like I’m lying. / Awkward. / It makes me feel loved. / Good, amazing, cool. / I don’t like you. / Strong, secure, confident. / It makes me feel pretty good about myself. / Weird. / It makes me feel good. / I need to fix my hair. Cool.


Hero: Just because she is my hero. / Boyfriend helps me stay focused. / She takes care of me and I love her. Kindness. / They are important because they inspire me to do good things. / My brother because he has been there all of my life. Encouraging, has their life together. / My dad because he teaches me many important things. Responsibility, trust, caring. / Logic. He’s one of the reasons I’m as happy as I am. Independence, loyalty, hard work. / C.B.Dolnway because he’s inspired me to pursue my dream more than anyone. Pride, cockiness, and confidence. / Spiderman. Spiderman is important to me because although he has super powers he remains humble and never forgets about his roots or family. Humbleness and kidness. Through the Hoops: Skills or Tools Learned: Listening skills, patience, communication. All of this applies. Bullies don’t listen, communicate or have patience, maybe show attention. Listen to learn! Be patient and you’ll get there. You need to communicate to get through the day. / Communication. You have to talk to teachers. Sometimes you can just communicate with bullies to make them stop. Closed mouths don’t get fed. / Patience, communication, teamwork. Communication with teachers. Teaming up and helping. Working with each other. Communicating. Having patience and the right things will come. / Communication is key. The teacher communicates with students and the students among themselves. Communication, telling them to stop. To reach goals you have to speak. Describe a time when you had an experience that you perceived (thought/saw) as a negative, but through time or something you did, perceived (thought/saw) the experience as a positive one: We did this as an oral exercise. Here are the comments. Sent a box of clothing to Houston. / Bought things for my pregnant friend. / Made sandwiches for someone who came to the door and asked for food. / Gave a homeless person my soda and fries. / Filled up person’s tank at Circle K when he asked for gas. / Gave a homeless person that was dizzy food. / Woman was crying while I moved her things. I told her she could leave and not watch. / Gave someone a jacket because I saw her crying because of the cold. Made me feel good. / Lived in NYC, woman lived in an abandoned house. I took care of her kids while she looked for a job. / Stopped bullying even though I didn’t like the kid being bullied. / At DES stood up to security for harassing a person. / Stopped a bus for a woman who wasn’t going to get to the bus on time. / Threw a kid down in elementary school who was teasing special education kids. / Tried to buy a child a hotdog at a baseball game her mother wouldn’t let me. / Paid a bill at Chipotle where I work. :

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Funded By: NEA in conjunction with The Diane and Bruce Halle Foundation Date: September 5-7, 2017 Location: Academy Partners High School %Male 60

%Female 40

Ages 16-18

Do you think others (Kids my age, older & younger, Adults) have the same Fear as I do? Pre %YES 55 %NO 45 %Other 0 Post %YES 94 %NO 6 %Other 0 Rate this statement: You feel comfortable speaking in front of others. Pre % Not at all 25 % Sometimes 50 % All the Time 25 Post % Not at all 6 % Sometimes 65 % All the Time 29 Rate this statement: I believe I can make my hopes and/or dreams come true. Pre % Not at all 0 % Sometimes 40 % All the Time 60 Post % Not at all 0 % Sometimes 41 % All the Time 59 Rate this statement: I respect my own decisions even when dealing with peer pressure. Pre % Not at all 0 % Sometimes 30 % All the Time 70 %No Answer 0 Post % Not at all 18 % Sometimes 0 % All the Time 76 %No Answer 6 Complete this statement: I am trustworthy and see myself as a __. Follower, Equal, Leader Pre % Follower 0 % Equal 35 % Leader 65 Post % Follower 6 % Equal 47 % Leader 47 Have you ever been bullied? % Yes 65 % No 35 % No Answer 0 Have you ever seen someone being bullied? % Yes 80 % No 15 % No Answer 5 Did you do anything? % Yes 85 % No 5

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Did you learn something in the workshop that will help you deal with bullying? Post % Yes 82 % No 18 % No Answer 0 Thoughts Shared: Say something. Speak up. / Yes. / I already know. / Be courageous and help others out. / I learned about bullying. / Stand up and help. / You should speak up to the bullies. / Confidence. / Speak up to the bully. / Don’t be afraid. / Take action. / What I already know and some. After attending the character education workshop and learning about compassion, if you saw someone being bullied, would you do something? Post % Yes 100 % No 0 % No Answer 0 Thoughts Shared: I always do. / Fight on site. / Helping people is good. / I would have even before the workshop. / Because it is wrong. / It’s the right thing to do. / I would confront them. / Help. / Confront him. / Say something, speak up. / Yes I’ll go as a respectful person and stop it, depending on the person.


Did you learn any skills, such as respect or responsibility, to help you make your own decisions not based on Peer Pressure? Post % Yes 76 % No 18 % No Answer 6 Thoughts Shared: Just respect what you say to people and how you say it. / I like my decisions. / Just accept what you did. / Confidence. / Yes to go your own way. / I make my own decisions. / Do as you please not as others please. / Stand up more. Which Character Count Trait would you most like the workshop to help you improve on? %Fairness Pre 15 %Responsibility Pre 65 %Citizenship Pre 15 Post: 18 Post: 35 Post: 29 %Trustworthiness Pre 0 % Caring Pre 25 %Respect Pre 0 Post: 6 Post: 0 Post 18 What is one thing you would do to make the world a better place? Thoughts shared: Respect. / Stop racism. / Try to make people get along. / Have respect. / Peace and world clean and help those in need. / I would go to college. / End with all the wars. / Stop racism. / Being responsible. / Solar panels for everyone. / Give the homeless their own homes to live in. / Become a clinical psychologist and help the ill. / Create good hope and other lives as well as spreading love while trying to help. / Just help, by helping anyone in anything we can try to show how good of a person you make others. What do you think about color? What % gave more thought and shared them about color. Pre 80% Post 82% Thoughts shared: Pre: I think color adds life and emotions. / All the time. / Color brings joy to the world. It helps people express themselves. / Color comes in different shades. It could have different meanings. / Colorful. / I love colors. / Red. / I love many colors. / I see color all the time. / Blue. / Purple. / I like rainbows. / It is very colorful. / I don’t really think anything of it, I treat everyone the same. I treat people how I would want to be treated. / It’s something new to me, but it was pretty fun. My first time playing colors. / I think colors are beautiful I can blend or contrast well with each other. / I like colors because it is a way to express yourself. Post: I think the same. / It means a lot with music comes color. / I feel the same way. It Could be a way of describing. / Has meaning. / Wonderful. / I love assorting colors. / I see everyone as equal. / Color is like life. / No, I knew color was expressed in other ways. / Emotion. / Color is what makes a person. / Red. / Color expresses what you are, what defines you in life. My most important hope or dream is. . . What % gave more thought to their Dreams becoming reality. Pre 95% Post 100% Thoughts Shared: Pre: To support my family. / To have my own art gallery and boutique. / My most important dream is for me to be done with school and marriage, to buy a house and start a family. / Live a happy and successful life. / To fight for the UFC. / To become a cosmetologist. / To become a nurse. / Being able to provide. / To be successful I my career. / To play football at a college level and to be successful. / To be a registered nurse. / All star. / To finish college and get into my career. / Become a clinical psychologist. / Being successful. / Making music or playing basketball. / Make money. / My most important hope is to meet the standards my parents put on. / To etch my home into society.


Post: Is to be happy. / Have a family and a big house. / Be successful. / Working with pregnant women. / NCAA football. / Dream. / Basketball. / Have money to support my family and my family’s family. / Be happy and live a good hard working life. / To be able to provide. / Being a registered nurse. / Music. / Be successful. / Famous. / Finish college. / Opening my boutique. / Becoming a clinical psychologist. One thing I learned in workshop that will help me reach my dream is: Post 88% discovered something new in the workshop. Thoughts Shared: Others should help along the way. / You have to overcome obstacles to reach them. / Motivation. / Color and music. / Stay focused. / We talked about going your own way. / Be consistent and never give up. / To just go for it. / Communication. / Responsibility. / Hope. / Keep reaching. / No judging. / Focus on your dreams. / To believe. What did you learn New in the workshop about yourself, that you did not know before? Post 82% discovered something new in the workshop about yourself: Thoughts Shared: How to work together. / I can be what I want. / That don’t be afraid to express yourself. / I am sensitive. / I’m nice. / That you can do anything. / I am more outgoing once I meet people than I thought. / I am responsible. / I am focused. / I can do whatever I want. / Being creative. / I like telling about my life. What did you learn New in the workshop about a classmate or friend? Post 94% discovered something new about classmates or friends in the workshop Thoughts Shared: Yes. / We have a lot of similarities. / Be nice. / They are in the same boat as me. / They are strong. / We’re different. / We’re similar. / Most people love. / I learned how much we have in common. I learned to accept each other. / That many people have similar fears. / They have fears. / The struggle is real. / We all have a lot in common. / They went through a tough time in life. / Not everyone has the same dream. / Some people didn’t come forward to say but I see some of my classmates in a depressed state.

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Thanks to NEA in conjunction with The Diane and Bruce Halle Foundation, 10 young lives from Alice Cooper’s Org - Rock Solid experienced their Possibilities. This workshop took place on October 12-14, 2017 #2 of 18 Opening up possibilities for the young minds of Arizona’s youth for a brighter tomorrow.© “Bridging Possibility” workshops. Through stories, activities and artwork, Release the Fear’s Workshops will help students to: • Draw One’s Fears and Awaken Hopes and Dreams • Stimulate Creative Listening and Communication • Bridge Understanding Participant Responses Participants are asked to reflect on several of the activities and then share with the group. These responses are written in their words without edit. The following responses are from the students who range in ages from 13-17. How do you think this activity could help you in your daily life (In School, Out of School, or In Your Career)? Who am I?: Trustworthy, honest. Studies. Having other people trust you. Sticking up for someone. Telling. Sharing up. Family. / Honesty. Always being honest with teachers and not cheating. Telling people when they are in the wrong. Always being honest can help build relationships or get rid of toxic ones. / Honesty and communication. Giving your real opinion. Informing others what they’re doing is wrong. To help others improve. Creative story telling: Communication. Keep everyone included. You can speak up. Being able to tell information. / Teamwork. Study with people or group projects. Speaking up for the person being bullied. Jobs or relationships. / Responsibility. Working etc. listening and understanding. Getting help. Stand up. Relationships, family, friends, worth. Through the Hoops: Skills or Tools Learned: Cooperative, teamwork, trust. Trusting others. Change its ways. Taking risks, doing things you don’t want to do. / Not giving up. To always try your hardest. Being secure. So that you can work hard. / Trust. Trusting your teachers to help. Trust the bully may change. (take a risk). Taking risks in your life or by trusting you and your family and peers to be there with you. Write about a time when you were trustworthy or caring and helped someone else in a positive way. How did it feel afterward? Describe the experience below: Caring: I like to care for my family and friends and people that I like. / I remember helping a friend onto his feet when he fell down from a jungle gym. The experience felt normal, almost like it was instinct. / One time when my mom needed money for gas I gave her it and extra money. / Caring. Asking about how they’re day went and asked if they had any problems it felt good but I wasn’t actually there to stand up for the person but gave them pointers on how to deal with bullying. “He kept pushing me and calling me names and bit me. Well tell the teacher if not stand up for yourself I won’t get mad if you stand up.” / I was helping a girl in eighth grade because she was sad. I was making her laugh and be happy and we became friends. She trusts me. / I was trustworthy when my friend needed someone by her side. It felt good afterward because it helped her and me. It was nice to feel needed. / I was trustworthy when my mom trusted me to do her makeup and later she never trusted me again. / One of my old best friends Daniel was being abused by his girlfriend and he told me and we talked about it before he decided what to do about it. I felt happy that he was comfortable telling me. / Caring when someone had dropped some papers and I helped pick it all up. / My dad and I were hanging out and driving around when we saw a homeless lady on the sidewalk. We got a gift card and I went up to her, gave her the card and a hug, and she cried. When I walked away I felt good.


Funded By: NEA / Halle Location: Rock Solid %Male 40

Date: October 12-14, 2017

%Female 60

Ages 13-17

Do you think others (Kids my age, older & younger, Adults) have the same Fear as I do? Pre %YES 40 %NO 60 %Other 0 Post %YES 0 %NO 0 %Other 0 Rate this statement: You feel comfortable speaking in front of others. Pre % Not at all 10 % Sometimes 80 % All the Time 0 Post % Not at all 0 % Sometimes 0 % All the Time 0 Rate this statement: I believe I can make my hopes and/or dreams come true. Pre % Not at all 10 % Sometimes 60 % All the Time 30 Post % Not at all 0 % Sometimes 0 % All the Time 0 Rate this statement: I respect my own decisions even when dealing with peer pressure. Pre % Not at all 10 % Sometimes 70 % All the Time 20 Post % Not at all 10 % Sometimes 0 % All the Time 0 Complete this statement: I am trustworthy and see myself as a __. Follower, Equal, Leader Pre % Follower 20 % Equal 80 % Leader 0 Post % Follower 0 % Equal 0 % Leader 0 Have you ever been bullied? % Yes 60 % No 40 % No Answer 0 Have you ever seen someone being bullied? % Yes 100 % No 0 % No Answer 0 Did you do anything? % Yes 40 % No 30

% No Answer 30

Which Character Count Trait would you most like the workshop to help you improve on? %Fairness Pre 0 %Responsibility Pre 30 %Citizenship Pre 30 %Trustworthiness Pre 20 % Caring Pre 20 %Respect Pre 10 What is one thing you would do to make the world a better place? Thoughts shared: Don’t give up and be yourself. / Give back and respect each other. Everyone should. / Treat everyone with fairness and with respect. / I would want to help people work through their own personal problems. / Help keep crime and bad intensions away. / World peace. / Show love to everyone I meet. / Stop bullies. / World peace. / World peace.


What do you think about color? What % gave more thought and shared them about color. Pre 80% Post 0% Thoughts shared: Pre: That color has an image. / It shows more happiness. / That it’s a concept we all receive in different ways. / I think color is a form of mood. / It’s colorful and feeling emotion about yourself. / Seeing everything so clearly and just knowing what’s happening. / I think that color is beautiful and there are more colors out there to be discovered. / I think color is an expression if you’re sad you can say “I’m blue” or when people are happy they say stuff like “I’m yellow like sunshine.” My most important hope or dream is. . . What % gave more thought to their Dreams becoming reality. Pre 80% Post 0% Thoughts Shared: Pre: Travel the world. / For my family to be happy and healthy. / To work at a giant popular company. / Still figuring it out. / My important hope is that I believe in caring and leadership and making people happy. / The dream is to become a police officer. / Dreaming of getting out of the house. / To get a family when I grow up that is strong in their faith.

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PO Box 3815 Phoenix, AZ 85030 www.releasethefear.org


Thanks to NEA in conjunction with The Diane and Bruce Halle Foundation, 21 young lives from Peoria Accelerated High School experienced their Possibilities. This workshop took place on December 11-13, 2017 #3 of 18 Opening up possibilities for the young minds of Arizona’s youth for a brighter tomorrow.© “Bridging Possibility” workshops. Through stories, activities and artwork, Release the Fear’s Workshops will help students to: • Draw One’s Fears and Awaken Hopes and Dreams • Stimulate Creative Listening and Communication • Bridge Understanding • Discuss How Color Affects Us and Our Environment Senses • Heighten Visual Awareness of Our Environment • Turn Pain into Possibilities into Purpose. The students are divided into groups or teams that they remain with throughout the workshop. In their small group, the students may be asked to complete an activity, to share responses, or to reflect on an exercise. Often times these groups can have students with different beliefs, various backgrounds, and even opposing gang affiliations. The workshop will end with a group created painting to be displayed for the public. Participant Responses Participants are asked to reflect on several of the activities and then share with the group. These responses are written in their words without edit. The following responses are from the students who range in ages from 14-19. How do you think this activity could help you in your daily life (In School, Out of School, or In Your Career)? Who am I? Stay true to yourself. Be yourself not look those around you. Will not be judge. Won’t judge people. / Not alone, brave, true to yourself. To make friends, not to be judgmental. Make friends, being able to communicate. / Stay up to yourself. Being honest with everyone. To stand up to the bully. Just be honest with everyone. / You are not alone, brave, stay true to yourself. Always around people, volunteer, public speaking. Speak out against bullying. Speaking at jobs, interviews. Mirror work: Look at Yourself in the eyes (ONLY) and tell yourself that you love or like yourself just the way you are: Depressed (the same) / Happy, good, proud / Excited, happy, nice, cool, fun, yay / Awkward / Happy, confident, caring / It makes me feel proud, happy for being in a room full with truthful people / Happy, smart, beautiful, satisfied, caring, noticeable, hard worker, good classmate, good team worker, lovable, lout, and outspeaking. / It makes me feel unique / Makes me feel good, confident / Makes me feel happy / It makes me feel great because I love myself / Makes me feel really good about myself / I like the way I am because no one like / It makes me feel good. / Happy, good / I like myself because I’m myself and not acting like anyone. I feel easy and I can just go with the “flow” and have no pain in my neck / Nothing / Makes me feel good / Makes me feel okay / It makes me feel good because each person looks different.


Hero: Michael Graves / Lil Peep, Their music was there when I’m alone. / My hero is my mom because she’s always there for me, supports me, and helps me when I’m down. / God. Puts me in the direction I’m supposed to go / The Weekend – they just are / Me. Because I’m an independent girl and I don’t depend on anyone else / Aton. Because they helped African kids in need / Me. Because I’m a independent girl. I don’t depend on nobody besides myself! I believe in myself and I learn and correct my mistakes every time. / Hulk. He’s important because he’s very strong and brave. Characteristics are brave and strong. / God, husband, and family. God is my healer, redeemer, salvation faith and so much more and has made me who I am today. My husband is a huge blessing in my life and does all he can for me. My family has been with me through thick and thin / Dad. They supply me with everything I need. / Captain America. He made me strong like him / My mom is my hero. They’re important because she’s always done everything for me / Money because it what makes the world go ’round / My Tata because he taught me become the man I am today. He taught me everything / Antonio Brown. The Steelers need him to win the Superbowl. / Those I love. They are important because they help me and make me be me / My dad. They taught me everything I know, all the faults were corrected and he helped me be who I am today / Grandma. They are family / Dad. I think they are important because they influence me / Wiz Khalifia. He donates money to charity. / The black widow. Because she was well respected and looked up to. First woman to be so powerful. Reflective Take Away Assignment: Confidence, It can make those around you see it. It’ll help with staying on the right. Confidence gets you places that are good. / Confidence, proud, be positive, mindset and pride. Be more confident and positive students. Standing up for what you believe in. Helps you to be yourself. / Proud mindset, be positive. To stay focus and getting good grades. By having a good positive mindset and not creating violence. To put you where you want to be and make you work harder. / Confidence, be positive, mindset and pride. Stay positive if you’re failing a class. Staying true to yourself. Having confidence for a job interview. Through the Hoops: Skills or Tools Learned: Support. You can ask for help. By telling a teacher. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. / Teamwork, help, support. Helps you to work with others, communication. Help those who are in need. Knowing you are not alone, having support from others. / Teamwork, trust, never give up. To work together when help when help is needed. Also that person needs to gain trust in you and never give up. Keep trying through good times and bad. Someone could help you stand up to them and make you feel good. To have self confidence. / Teamwork, trust. Help with work, help against bullies. Cuz if everyone stands up as a team the bully gonna be left alone. Trust and teamwork apply to life cause whatever job you have you work with others and learn to trust them and work as a team. Seeing Beyond: Skills or Tools learned: Teamwork, collect info. Helping someone out any subject. Collect info, open your third eye and observe the things around you. / Teamwork, you have to work in groups. You need to work well with others. / Asking questions. All subjects, if you don’t know something ask for a clearer understanding. Applies in your daily life, work school, or asking others for information. / Teamwork. Any subject you could be working together and getting the job done the right way. Drawing One’s Fears, Hopes, and Dreams and Sharing: Share your dreams, Talking with friends and knowing what you want to do and how you can to impact people. To show that everyone has dreams and you’re not the only one. Sharing your dreams with people so they can show how to succeed and who you are. / Think positive, carrying yourself well. Not letting negative words bother you. Being a good person. / Get passed fears. Stand Up for yourself. Stand up against the bully. Go for your dreams.


We all can remember a time when we did not listen to our Intuition or Inner Voice. We would like you to think of an example when you did follow your Intuition: For example when I wanted to go to a party I went even though my mom said it was a bad idea. I should’ve listened ‘cuz I got in trouble with the cops. Listen to my mom. / I was home alone and I had some urges that included self harm. My body was screaming at me to find a blade. I listened to my body and decided to self harm. I am indeed strong enough to fight my wars against depression and self harm, and issues with suicide, but sometimes I am weak. / When my mom told me not to go out with some friends and I was saying not to but I still did and got grounded. To listen and not do I what I want. I wouldn’t still listen to my inner voice. Nothing really, just making good choices. / When I was told to do something. Just listen to what’s being told. / I waited to go to school but I waited a bit for some reason later. Apparently there was a crash the way I always go. We all can remember a time when we did not listen to our Intuition or Inner Voice. We would like you to think of an example when you did follow your Intuition: Always follow your gut. / When I didn’t wear a bandana at school. It was a good idea. / I was driving home when a car tried to race me. He was going fast and a cop flashed his lights at him bring me down. My intuition was right and if I didn’t listen to it I wouldn’t have me my friends who want the best for me and help me stay on a good path. / Not to hang out with the wrong people. They got in trouble, I didn’t go, Go with your gut feeling. / When I felt like something bad was going to happen at a party so I left. Ty trust myself. / When I fought and my mind was telling me no but I still did it. Not to fight at school again. / Taking a different way home. Ended up lost and took longer to get home, go the way you know and familiar with. / When I am driving, the green light turn to yellow light and I had to pull over real quick. I can learn that the yellow light turns off really fast. / Walking a different way to school. Ended up lost and scared. / When I was in the position of doing negative things, but didn’t listen to my gut by doing the complete opposite. Always think of the outcome to every cause. Cause > Effect./ When I followed my intuition I actually did something right. To actually follow my intuition. Reflective Take Away Assignment: Trust your gut. Your gut can tell you the answer. Trusting your gut can lead to positive outcomes in your life. / Trust, trust yourself. So you won’t do negative things. / Learn from experiences (yours and others). If you do something wrong, you learn not to do it again. Seeing things you and others have done makes you reconsider and think about your options more. / Learn from experiences. By when you fail in school the first block or semester the next semester or block you know the consequences of failing. By learning from mistakes and not doing them again.

Release the Fear, Inc. TM

PO Box 3815 Phoenix, AZ 85030 www.releasethefear.org


Funded By: NEA / Halle Location: Peoria Accelerated High School %Male 52

%Female 48

Date: December 11-13, 2017

Ages 14-19

Do you think others (Kids my age, older & younger, Adults) have the same Fear as I do? Pre %YES 57 %NO 30 %Other 9 %No Answer 4 Post %YES 95 %NO 5 %Other 0 %No Answer 0 Rate this statement: You feel comfortable speaking in front of others. Pre % Not at all 17 % Sometimes 66 % All the Time 17 Post % Not at all 10 % Sometimes 65 % All the Time 25 Rate this statement: I believe I can make my hopes and/or dreams come true. Pre % Not at all 13 % Sometimes 52 % All the Time 35 Post % Not at all 0 % Sometimes 50 % All the Time 50 Rate this statement: I respect my own decisions even when dealing with peer pressure. Pre % Not at all 4 % Sometimes 43 % All the Time 53 Post % Not at all 0 % Sometimes 25 % All the Time 75 Complete this statement: I am trustworthy and see myself as a __. Follower, Equal, Leader Pre % Follower 4 % Equal 39 % Leader 57 Post % Follower 5 % Equal 35 % Leader 60 Have you ever been bullied? % Yes 61 % No 35 % No Answer 4 Have you ever seen someone being bullied? % Yes 74 % No 22 % No Answer 4 Did you do anything? % Yes 57 % No 26

% No Answer 17

Did you learn something in the workshop that will help you deal with bullying? Post % Yes 85 % No 15 % No Answer 0 Thoughts Shared: Always stand up / Stand up and everyone else would / Use words not actions / That I can overcome them / How to help / To know you’re not alone / Protect them / Speak up / Trust your gut / Stay humble / Not to be afraid / Make sure to help others / Stand up for myself. After attending the character education workshop and learning about compassion, if you saw someone being bullied, would you do something? Post % Yes 95 % No 5 % No Answer 0 Thoughts Shared: Stop them / Stand up / Defend the kids getting bullied / Because they need it / Because we are together / It’s wrong / Smallest voices even have impact / Bullying not right / Step up for the person, common sense / I would intervene / I’ve some through it and it took me to a dark place / Help stand up for them.


Did you learn any skills, such as respect or responsibility, to help you make your own decisions not based on Peer Pressure? Post % Yes 85 % No 10 % No Answer 5 Thoughts Shared: Responsibility / Responsibility, learn from actions / Everyone is their own person / Respect, I watch others. / Because I’m responsibility with my own decisions / Never feel it / Be me / Help others / Believe in myself / Make sure I need for sire if I want it / I know what to do and not listen to others. Which Character Count Trait would you most like the workshop to help you improve on? %Fairness Pre 4 %Responsibility Pre 39 %Citizenship Pre 9 Post: 15 Post: 20 Post: 0 %Trustworthiness Pre 9 %Caring Pre 9 %Respect Pre 22 Post: 15 Post: 10 Post 35 What is one thing you would do to make the world a better place? Thoughts shared: Rid of bad people/influences / Spread peace, love, and positivity / World peace and no false enemy / Make everyone rich / Leave it behind / Change environment / Equality with no limits / Become a world advisor / Be more peaceful / Clean the ocean / Kill the white supremists / That people wouldn’t be such d**** / Treat people how you want to be treated / Help others / Make everyone feel equal / Be who I am and support/care for others / Help others in need. Treat every race with respect and equality. / Help others that don’t have enough money / I would start by making one place good / Have peace / Understanding from other individual, being able to see from others perspectives. What do you think about color? What % gave more thought and shared them about color. Pre 96% Post 75% Thoughts shared: Pre: How its made / Makes me happy / No everyone is the same no matter the color / Black / Wired / It looks cool / Life / Color represent a person / Its nice / Yes color is amazing / My outfit / Blue favorites / That it represents or has meaning to it / Bright and Vibrant / Makes me happy / Objects / Makes the world more interesting / Crayons / Something to help express self / If race, I think equality. Rainbows/colors. I never really thought about it. Post: It’s still nice / Everyone is equal / Color don’t matter, everyone’s the same / May with life / It is life / An object / I’m happy / It shows what mood your in / Beautiful / That its not easy / Good / Pink / Nothing / Color is just that / Some of the dullest colors stick out the most / Just need to show everyone, respect / The sky. My most important hope or dream is. . . What % gave more thought to their Dreams becoming reality. Pre 74% Post 95% Thoughts Shared: Pre: Don’t have one / Navy / Be successful in life and achieve / To be in the NBA / No / Be happy and stable / No communism / Building a family / Being rich / To make a difference / Pass ASVAB for the military / Hope / Being independent / Vet / Keeping my faith in God / To help as many people as possible / Don’t have one / Would be that everyone is able to be themselves / To recover fully from all my bad things, help my mother understand my situation. Post: Building a family / My dream is to be ruin / Be successful / To live / To be a cloud / Have good family / Artist / To become successful and happy / Rich / NBA Hall of fame / Having a family / Go to college / Better myself / Join the military / Would be to reach my goal no matter what / To continue my life with my best friend/boyfriend. / Hope / Following them becoming well respected / To become someone big.


One thing I learned in workshop that will help me reach my dreams: Post 90% discovered something new in the workshop. Thoughts Shared: Look forward / Be more responsible / Self confidence / Care / To try / Confidence / Think positive / Consistency / Yes being successful / Believe / Be me / Share dreams / Be positive / Care for others IDK / Is to not be afraid / Support / To never give up / Always follow your dream / Learn from my mistakes. What did you learn New in the workshop about yourself, that you did not know before? Post 75% discovered something new in the workshop about yourself: Thoughts Shared: I’m not alone / I learned to feel comfortable with others / To have self confidence / Nothing really / That I have similarities as my peers / Think positive / I fear things / A better way to express myself That I am brave / I’m stronger / Have no fear / Not alone / Nothing / IDK / We are all the same but don’t show itI can speak in front of others, but I am still extremely terrified / That I shouldn’t judge myself / To not bother what people say. What did you learn New in the workshop about a classmate or friend? Post 90% discovered something new about classmates or friends in the workshop Thoughts Shared: They’re not alone / Not everyone is comfortable with each other / They have the same fear / Similarities / They are like me / A fear / They’re not alone / Not everyone is the same / That they have similar fears / We all have feels / People fear things / Never knew they also fit in my shoes / Life similarities / IDK / The people I thought were the most hurt, weren’t the only ones. / Some of the strongest people / That we have many problems / Everyone has had their lights cut / To respect them.

Inspiring & empowering kids with the tools to make better life choices. . .

TM


Thanks to NEA in conjunction with The Diane and Bruce Halle Foundation, 17 young lives from Adobe Mountain Juvenile Center experienced their Possibilities. This workshop took place on December 27-29, 2017 #4 of 18 Opening up possibilities for the minds of Arizona’s youth and Adults for a brighter tomorrow.© “Bridging Possibility” workshops. Through stories, activities and artwork, Release the Fear’s Workshops will help students to: • Draw One’s Fears and Awaken Hopes and Dreams • Stimulate Creative Listening and Communication • Bridge Understanding • Discuss How Color Affects Us and Our Environment Senses • Heighten Visual Awareness of Our Environment • Turn Pain into Possibilities into Purpose. Participant Responses Participants are asked to reflect on several of the activities and then share with the group. These responses are written in their words without edit. The following responses are from the students who range in ages from 15-17. How do you think this activity could help you in your daily life (In School, Out of School, or In Your Career)? Who am I?: Honesty. Helps you learn. By snitching. By making you be trustworthy. / Honesty. Helps you learn. People will trust you. No lying. / Observation, respect. Respect teachers, and observe their service. Ignore them (bullies). Respect everyone. Observe the world. / Honesty, similarities, differences. Helps you learn. Helps deal with problem. Helps you get farther. Creative Storytelling: Skills or Tools Learned: Honesty, respectfulness, perception, trustworthiness. Nobody will want to work with you without respect. If everyone is respectful, nobody would have to deal with bullies. Gets you more satisfaction, accomplishments, etcetera. / Perspectives, patience, respect. Show different perspectives and patience. I don’t know. Patience is key, the key of life in my perspective. / Perspective. Positive to do well in school. Becoming a teacher. Successful life. / Flow to work together. Working as a team. As a whole stand up to someone else. Working together with others. Mirror work: Look at Yourself in the eyes (ONLY) and tell yourself that you love or like yourself just the way you are: It makes me feel pretty good. / Good I look good too. / It makes me look better. / Makes me feel special. / The way I look I feel good how I look about myself. / Happy and proud. / I like the way I am and don’t care what anyone thinks. / Alright. / Good, relaxed. / I feel the same because I enjoy the person I am. / Good. / Made me feel good and amazing. / Makes me feel important. / Good. / Silly, weird, good. / Makes me feel like I forgive myself for the things I have done. Hero: Spiderman he can shoot webs. / Lil Wayne he makes music. / Family supports me from right and wrong. / Lil Pump he loves to make music. Favoritism and lecture. / My mom because she supports me. / My mom she helps me. / Tupac Shakur. The way his words and expresses himself. /Superman (dad) because he is there and cares for me. / Mom because she lived through all of what I’m living and she’s a recovering addict. / She has been there for me all my life. Respectful, proud, forgiving. / My family because they do a lot of stuff in my life. / My hero is Yg (the rapper). Maybe because I want to be just like them. Trustworthiness and honesty. / Ahab from Moby Dick because he was so driven to find the white whale. Because they are. / God and mom and sister and brother and my cousin. They helped me become me and show me ways to go through life and bless those who made fun of me and give me wisdom and understanding and I am thankful for them.


Reflective Take Away Assignment: To respect yourself and don’t listen to what others say. To find people who will show you love and help you find yourself. To know what is right and not to be a follower. You have to love yourself before you love other people you love because you might not know how to love other people. / Reality. It’s what you have to do in the real world. Not following bad people. Accept who you are. / Honesty, observation, sense of hope. Have more confidence in myself. Won’t give into negative activities. Won’t give into negative activities. / Acceptance, forgiveness, learning from other people’s mistakes. Accept having to do school work. Accepting that it’s going to be. Accepting you have to deal with life. Through the Hoops: Skills or Tools Learned: Flexible, influence, teamwork, support system. Support system is good to pass class. Have a support to deal with bullying. Helps you deal with the struggles of life. / Teamwork, obstacles. Makes work easier. Form an alliance to stop bullying. Makes everything much easier. / Teamwork support system. Teamwork makes the dream work, if her teeth hurt and don’t make her feet work. Get the job done. / Teamwork. Help others on school work. Help other kids that are getting bullied. Showing respect and caring for one another. Reflective Take Away Assignment: Positive negative. Weighing pros and cons. Weighing pros and cons. / Honesty, observing. Observing helps in school. Honesty helps in life. / Positive and negative. By the good and bad about going to school. The good and bad parts of life. / Weighing the pros and cons. In making decisions. I’m making thoughtful decisions. Describe a time when you had an experience that you perceived (though/saw) as negative, but through time or something you did, you perceived (thought/saw) the experience as a positive one.: When I was taken away from my mom by CPS. Over the years I was glad that happened because my mom changed her ways and got sober. / My dad died. / Being here at Adobe. / I robbed someone and the bad thin was robbing and the good thing was I had all his stuff. / When I was fighting and I stopped fighting that was positive. / When I was using I thought it was negative but now I think it’s positive because now I know what not to do. / Me and my little brother would rob people and that was bad but the good thing was that we had all this stuff. / I thought getting committed was bad but now I think it was a good thing because now I’m ready to change my life around and While, I was here I found a higher power. / My son being born I thought it was going to be horrible. Over time it turned out to be blessings. I felt angry before and now I enjoy it. / / I thought at the time when I was using drugs it was a negative but now I know I think it’s positive because I won’t go through that again. / Coming to Adobe was really negative for me. Instead of keeping a negative mindset I joined the basketball team and being here isn’t so bad and I’m learning from my mistakes. Seeing Beyond: Skills or Tools Learned: Using our third eye. Art, being creative. By opening your mind to other things. / Communication. All subjects because you have to communicate to get answers. Use to socialize. / Teamwork, communication. Debate class works in communication teams and you have to communicate. You need to communicate in life. / Communication, teamwork. Communication is used in English, it teaches you how to speak properly. Helps you communicate with people, get jobs, get friends even girlfriends. Drawing one’s Fears, Hopes and Dreams and Sharing: Mindset, game plan, reflecting. Having a positive learning mindset. Having a game plan on how to deal with bullying. Reflecting on how to and what memories you have and love. / Creativity. Creativity makes school fun. Find different ways to prevent bullying. Makes life in general entertaining. / To see where we’re going in life (mindset). Helps us finish school. Helps us not focus on getting bullied. It’ll help us to succeed in life. / How to work through negative feelings. Doing something you didn’t want to do. Standing up for ourselves. Teaching us how to deal with uncomfortable feelings.


Funded By: NEA / Halle Location: ADJC %Male 100

%Female 0

Date: December 27-29, 2017 Ages 15-17

Do you think others (Kids my age, older & younger, Adults) have the same Fear as I do? Pre %YES 71 %NO 29 %Other 0 Post %YES 83 %NO 17 %Other 0 Rate this statement: You feel comfortable speaking in front of others. Pre % Not at all 12 % Sometimes 76 % All the Time 12 %No Answer 8 Post % Not at all 33 % Sometimes 42 % All the Time 25 %No Answer 0 Rate this statement: I believe I can make my hopes and/or dreams come true. Pre % Not at all 12 % Sometimes 29 % All the Time 59 Post % Not at all 25 % Sometimes 25 % All the Time 50 Rate this statement: I respect my own decisions even when dealing with peer pressure. Pre % Not at all 24 % Sometimes 47 % All the Time 29 Post % Not at all 25 % Sometimes 25 % All the Time 50 Complete this statement: I am trustworthy and see myself as a __. Follower, Equal, Leader Pre % Follower 12 % Equal 47 % Leader 41 Post % Follower 8 % Equal 25 % Leader 67 Have you ever been bullied? % Yes 41 % No 59 % No Answer 0 Have you ever seen someone being bullied? % Yes 88 % No 12 % No Answer 0 Did you do anything? % Yes 47 % No 41

% No Answer 12

Did you learn something in the workshop that will help you deal with bullying? Post % Yes 17 % No 75 % No Answer 8 Thoughts Shared: I’m an asshole. / Not to care what people think. After attending the character education workshop and learning about compassion, if you saw someone being bullied, would you do something? Post % Yes 42 % No 50 % No Answer 8 Thoughts Shared: I will help. / Because it’s not my business. / It’s funny (I’m a bully). / Help them and fight for them. Did you learn any skills, such as respect or responsibility, to help you make your own decisions not based on Peer Pressure? Post % Yes 8 % No 67 % No Answer 25 Thoughts Shared: I can handle it.


Which Character Count Trait would you most like the workshop to help you improve on? %Fairness Pre 6 %Responsibility Pre 41 %Citizenship Pre 12 Post: 17 Post: 17 Post: 0 %Trustworthiness Pre 12 %Caring Pre 29 %Respect Pre 24 Post: 8 Post: 25 Post 33 What is one thing you would do to make the world a better place? Thoughts shared: Stop drug use. / Get an education. / Create peace. / Show respect. / Kill cops. / Become president of The United States. / Don’t do drugs. / Do drugs until I die. / Stop kids from using drugs. / Less violence. (stop it). / Maybe stay out of jail. / Get rid of violence. / Donate money to benefit the world. What do you think about color? What % gave more thought and shared them about color. Pre 53% Post 42% Thoughts shared: Pre: It’s good No. / I think a color is just a color. / Color doesn’t matter. / It can show a sign of emotion. / Expresses emotion. / Red. / Gang. Nothing new. Love is what you think. / Green equals money. / Every color person should be equal (white, brown, black). Post: Red. / Expresses emotion. / Black. / That color is still just a color. / That color means something. My most important hope or dream is. . . What % gave more thought to their Dreams becoming reality. Pre 76% Post 67% Thoughts Shared: Pre: To play in the NBA and have a lot of money. / Change my way of living and staying sober. / To be a good dad to my daughter. / To be successful. / To be a nurse. / Doing good. / Become a pro kick boxer. / To become president of The United States. / Be a football or basketball player or a porn star. / Do drugs until I die. / Make my mom proud. / To go to college. Post: Being a good dad to my daughter. / Is to make money by making music. / Sports, females, money. / Become president. / Teaching. / To be successful. / Family and friends. / To have a family. One thing I learned in workshop that will help me reach my dream is: Post 50% discovered something new in the workshop. Thoughts Shared: Work hard. / Don’t let people destroy your dreams. / Confidence. / To succeed. / Strength. What did you learn New in the workshop about yourself, that you did not know before? Post 25% discovered something new in the workshop about yourself: Thoughts Shared: I’m a leader. / I’m cool. / Sexy about myself. What did you learn New in the workshop about a classmate or friend? Post 25% discovered something new about classmates or friends in the workshop Thoughts Shared: How to not bully. / They’re lazy. / That they have the same fear as me.

Inspiring & empowering kids with the tools to make better life choices. . .

TM


Thanks to NEA in conjunction with The Diane and Bruce Halle Foundation, 10 young lives from Adobe Juvenile Facility experienced their Possibilities. This workshop took place on December 27-29, 2017 #5 of 17 Opening up possibilities for the young minds of Arizona’s youth for a brighter tomorrow.© “Bridging Possibility” workshops. Through stories, activities and artwork, Release the Fear’s Workshops will help students to: • Draw One’s Fears and Awaken Hopes and Dreams • Stimulate Creative Listening and Communication • Bridge Understanding • Discuss How Color Affects Us and Our Environment Senses • Heighten Visual Awareness of Our Environment • Turn Pain into Possibilities into Purpose. The students are divided into groups or teams that they remain with throughout the workshop. In their small group, the students may be asked to complete an activity, to share responses, or to reflect on an exercise. Often times these groups can have students with different beliefs, various backgrounds, and even opposing gang affiliations. The workshop will end with a group created painting to be displayed for the public. Participant Responses Participants are asked to reflect on several of the activities and then share with the group. These responses are written in their words without edit. The following responses are from the students who range in ages from 14-17. How do you think this activity could help you in your daily life (In School, Out of School, or In Your Career)? Who am I?: Honestidad, other people bully, honesty. Portandome bien y ser responsible estanda en la escuela. Respectando a los demas. Comunicandole bien con la gente. / Honesty, communication, respect. I respect my teacher in school. To communicate with the bully for him to stop bullying. You gotta respect people and your peers. / Honesty. Honest on your test. Be honest if you can do something. Trust. Creative storytelling:. Communication, imagination, bravery. Activities in school. Being brave to stand up for you. Siedo las cosas bien (excellendo en mi mismo). / Active listening, communication, responsible. We use communication with our classmates. We use responsibility to stand up for yourself. We use active listening during an interview for a job. / Communication. Group projects. Communicating with the bully. Communicate with others in life. Mirror work: Look at Yourself in the eyes (ONLY) and tell yourself that you love or like yourself just the way you are: Makes me feel good. / Bien agusto. / It makes me feel good./ I feel confident. / Todo mi forma de ser (todo). Muy feliz. / I don’t feel anything. / It makes me look good. Hero: My mom. They are always there for me. / Mi mama. Porque me cuido cuando yo era chica. / Batman. He’s important because he fights crime. / J. Cole. I can relate to the need to be great that turns into an obsession that keeps one up late. Hopin people observe the dedication that stirs in me constantly. / Yo mismo. Porque soy una persona que es responsible en sus cosas para poder salir adelante. / Cause she feeds me, puts a roof over my head, and puts clothes on my back and she is always for me. / Batman. Because he’s cool. Because they save peoples lives. / Superman.


Reflective Take Away Assignment: Confidence, not be embarrassed at being yourself. Speaking to others about ourselves. Confidence is making your own decisions. Practicing and being confident helps you succeed. / Self-esteem, confidence, pride, helpfulness. I’m confident by going up to class and talk to people. I will use selfesteem. I feel pride about myself. / Confidence. To have self-esteem. You can feel confident in your decisions. Helps you in many situations in life. Through the Hoops: Skills or Tools Learned: Aprendimos a jugar en equipo. Disciplina y en deportes. Te distrae de los que asen boling. Conbien todos juntos. / Imagination, communication, teamwork. I use teamwork with the bros to play ball. To communicate with the bully to stop bully. I use imagination everywhere I go. / Teamwork. Group projects. Helping the victim. Support in life goes a long way. Seeing Beyond: La imagination y los sentimientos de la mano. Intentando la respuesta que te imaginastes para atinarte. Trabajando con las manos. / Imagination, communication, active listening. To use active listening in class to be knowing what to do. You use communication with friends and family. / Communication. Gym – team sports use communication. Communication in the occupation you have. Describe a time when you had an experience that you perceived (though/saw) as negative, but through time or something you did, you perceived (thought/saw) the experience as a positive one. : When I ran away from home I met someone I really needed to. / I broke into a house and I came up on 10 G’s. / Getting locked up. / Lo beia positive porque me gustaba el diner pero despues negative porque estaba asiendo cosas malas y fui a caer en una parte que me ayudo pensar bien (positivo). / Estando aqui por que cuando yegue aqui lo mire muy malo y crei que iva a ser un infierno. / When I was locked up but then I saw it positive because it’s helping me. / When I got committed to Adobe, but then I realized that there are a lot of opportunities that can better my life. / Coming to Adobe but I’m learning new coping skills.

Release the Fear, Inc. TM

PO Box 3815 Phoenix, AZ 85030 www.releasethefear.org


Funded By: NES / Halle Location: Adobe Juvenile Center %Male 100

%Female 0

Date: December 27-29, 2017

Ages 14-17

Do you think others (Kids my age, older & younger, Adults) have the same Fear as I do? Pre %YES 88 %NO 12 %Other 0 Post %YES 63 %NO 37 %Other 0 Rate this statement: You feel comfortable speaking in front of others. Pre % Not at all 12 % Sometimes 75 % All the Time 12 Post % Not at all 0 % Sometimes 75 % All the Time 25 Rate this statement: I believe I can make my hopes and/or dreams come true. Pre % Not at all 0 % Sometimes 37 % All the Time 63 Post % Not at all 0 % Sometimes 63 % All the Time 37 Rate this statement: I respect my own decisions even when dealing with peer pressure. Pre % Not at all 0 % Sometimes 50 % All the Time 50 Post % Not at all 0 % Sometimes 63 % All the Time 37 Complete this statement: I am trustworthy and see myself as a __. Follower, Equal, Leader Pre % Follower 0 % Equal 63 % Leader 37 Post % Follower 0 % Equal 37 % Leader 63 Have you ever been bullied? % Yes 25 % No 75 % No Answer 0 Have you ever seen someone being bullied? % Yes 50 % No 50 % No Answer 0 Did you do anything? % Yes 25 % No 25

% No Answer 50

Did you learn something in the workshop that will help you deal with bullying? Post % Yes 37 % No 63 % No Answer 0 Thoughts Shared: To stop the bullying. After attending the character education workshop and learning about compassion, if you saw someone being bullied, would you do something? Post % Yes 63 % No 37 % No Answer 0 Thoughts Shared: I would help the other kid if needed. Did you learn any skills, such as respect or responsibility, to help you make your own decisions not based on Peer Pressure? Post % Yes 63 % No 37 % No Answer 0 Thoughts Shared: I learned to respect my peers.


Which Character Count Trait would you most like the workshop to help you improve on? %Fairness Pre 12 %Responsibility Pre 50 %Citizenship Pre 25 Post: 25 Post: 25 Post: 12 %Trustworthiness Pre 0 %Caring Pre 0 %Respect Pre 12 Post: 0 Post: 25 Post 0 What is one thing you would do to make the world a better place? Pre 100% Thoughts shared: Help others. / Portarme bien y no andar en cosas malas / Stop selling / Portame bien / Let Mexicans come to the United States / Legalize marijuana / Stop bad things / Staying alive / Yo no puedo haer nada para major el mundo / Peace / Prevent gang violence. What do you think about color? What % gave more thought and shared them about color. Pre 88% Post 50% Thoughts shared: Pre: I think it isn’t cool to discriminate. / Que se ven suabes / They’re nice / Azul / Color is a beautiful thing / I haven’t thought about color / It’s nice / Yes, red. / Roja / Blue black / It describes things. Post: No se / Colors / Lo bien son equal / I don’t think about color / I like color / Color is how you feel about things. My most important hope or dream is. . . What % gave more thought to their Dreams becoming reality. Pre 88% Post 75% Thoughts Shared: Pre: To survive / Terminar mis estudios / Get out / Poder trabajar bien y derecho / Don’t have one / Being successful / Go to Congo / To get out of prison / Ser doctor / Go home / To get a job. Post: Trabajar / Graduate from school / Estar con mi familia / To get out of Adobe / To go to college / My most important dream and hope is to get out. One thing I learned in workshop that will help me reach my dream is: Post 37% discovered something new in the workshop. Thoughts Shared: No se / Respect / Estudiar / IDK / Being honest / Is to not to be a follower. What did you learn New in the workshop about yourself, that you did not know before? Post 25% discovered something new in the workshop about yourself: Thoughts Shared: No se / I can speak up / Nothing / IDK. What did you learn New in the workshop about a classmate or friend? Post 25% discovered something new about classmates or friends in the workshop Thoughts Shared: No se / Nothing / Nothing / A lot of similar things that I have.

Inspiring & empowering kids with the tools to make better life choices. . .

TM


Thanks to NEA in conjunction with The Diane and Bruce Halle Foundation, 25 young lives from Peralta Elementary School experienced their Possibilities. This workshop took place on January 9-11, 2018 #6 of 18 Opening up possibilities for the young minds of Arizona’s youth for a brighter tomorrow.© “Bridging Possibility” workshops. Through stories, activities and artwork, Release the Fear’s Workshops will help students to: • Draw One’s Fears and Awaken Hopes and Dreams • Stimulate Creative Listening and Communication • Bridge Understanding • Discuss How Color Affects Us and Our Environment Senses The students are divided into groups or teams that they remain with throughout the workshop. In their small group, the students may be asked to complete an activity, to share responses, or to reflect on an exercise. Often times these groups can have students with different beliefs, various backgrounds, and even opposing gang affiliations. The workshop will end with a group created painting to be displayed for the public. Participant Responses Participants are asked to reflect on several of the activities and then share with the group. These responses are written in their words without edit. The following responses are from the students who range in ages from 10-12. How do you think this activity could help you in your daily life (In School, Out of School, or In Your Career)? Who am I? : Respect. Respect when they are talking. You could respect what you say. Respect your family. / Be respectful, have courage, be fair. Be respectful to people, have courage in yourself. Have courage to stand up to the bully to tell them to stop. Be respectful to your family, be fair to your siblings. / Sharing, trust, common. Safe. Hearing decisions. Never give up and try hard. / Other people are same as me, helping others. To think about my actions and how it would affect my future. By sharing experiences. Helps to understand others. Creative storytelling: Make communication. Communicate with friend to get something done. Communicate to a person or teacher. We can spread the word around town. / We learned how to perform in front of people, how to create a story and tell it. Tell it to our teacher so we could possible do it in class. We could perform in front of the bully to teach them how not to be a bully. Performing shows for our family. / Teamwork, emotions, responsibility. Do these things and also practice teamwork. Communicate and opinions. Communication, more confident. / To face our fears of being on stage. If needing to say something on stage. Standing up the bully. We could not be afraid to say something. Mirror work: I’m living and breathing the air and I’m happy. / It makes me feel the same. / It makes me feel happy and also really excited. / It makes me feel good because I know that I’m beautiful just the way I am. / OK. Happy. / It makes me feel happy and confident. / I feel good and happy just the way I am even if I wasn’t the way I am I would feel the same. / Better and confident. / I feel proud of myself and confident because it doesn’t matter how you look, no one is perfect. / Awesome cause you accept yourself the way it is. / I am nice, I am friendly, I am fair. You are cool, you are awesome, and you are artistic. / It makes me feel happy and self-confident. / It makes me feel really happy and I love myself just the way I am. / I feel happy about myself. / It makes me feel happy because I’m proud of myself to be a leader. / Respect, caring. I like what I do. / It makes me feel good because there is no other person in this world like me. / Happy, good, self-control. / Happy, graceful, awesome, and cool, confident. / It makes me believe in myself and to have courage.


Hero: My dad is my hero He feed me and puts a roof on my head and clothes. / Supermom, Batdad. They are important because they made me and gave birth to me and cared for me and gave me love. / My teacher Ms. Hall. They are important because they had helped me since I was in her class and I’ve been in her class for 2 years. / My mom and dad. They have a roof over my head. / Mom and dad. Because they took care of me and they didn’t hurt me or nothing. / Erickah my stepsister. She is very nice and caring to all her family and friends. / Family. My hero is my family because they support me. / My mom. I think my mom is important because she cares about us like she provides us food and clothes which makes me grateful. / My hero is my mom. My mom is my hero because she helps me with everything. She is the person I can trust. / My mom. Because she takes care of me, cooks, is helpful, and she loves me. / Brother. He helps me when I am stressed, always nice, friendly, helps me when I am bullied. He is part of my family what’s what is important. / Spiderman. I chose Spiderman cause he’s a hero and takes responsibility. / My hero is my mom and my dad because they help me reach my goals and I learn more things. / My mom is important because she is always taking care of me. I love her. My aunt is that awesome aunt because she cares for me and she’s always nice to me when I’m mad or happy. I think God for all those. / My heroes are my parents. / My hero is Batman because he fights enemies and always accomplishes his work every time. / Superman. Because they are famous and they like to fight enemies and they help others. / Boku. Because when I get mad I watch Dragonball Z and it calms me. / Wonder Woman. I think she is important because she saves lives. / My mom. I think my mom’s important because they care for me by providing clothes, food, and a house for me. She helps me get better when I’m sick. / I think that my dad is my hero because he always working hard and helping me in everything I need. / My hero is my mom because she is trustworthy, caring, and responsible to others. / My hero is my mom. Because my mom encourages and inspires me to live my dream. / Dad. I picked my dad because he protects me when I am in trouble. Because you will always need a hero. Reflective Take Away Assignment: Responsibility. Doing homework, picking up trash. Choosing wisely. Responsible with your kids. / We have people to rely on. You have courage in yourself when taking an exam. Have confidence to not be scared. / Be confident, be comfortable. You learn to be positive. To be brave and make right choice. To defend each other. / To be grateful and thankful, respectful for what we got. To focus. To realize we’re perfect in own way. To help us be helpful of other people. Through the Hoops: Communication, trustworthy. You can trust people with your stuff. You can tell bullies to stop. To communicate with people in life to help you with your troubles. / Teamwork, communication, helpful, trustworthy. Communicating with others. Being helpful to the person being bullied. Use teamwork when needing help, being trustworthy of someone. / Trust, communication, teamwork. Trust people. People with you. Being kind, communication, teamwork. / Communicate with each other. To be able to speak. To communicate with them to tell them you feeling. To communicate with your boss in case of a problem. Seeing Beyond: Visualizing. Math, seeing and visualizing what strategy to do. And science and if you are blind, it can help you out at night. Visualizing what our makeup looks like. / Trust the person. Trust people to help you in Math. Trust people to help you at your job. / Communication, identifying, teamwork. Science you use many objects. Social Studies you lean many new stuff. If you’re blind or if you’re in a really dark place you can feel stuff. / Telling the truth. Science because we can discover. You can learn to tell the truth. Reflective Take Away Assignment: Citizenship. Pick up trash, help teachers, help kids that are struggling. Helping homeless, helping the animal shelter. / We should be caring and trustworthy. We have to trust most of them. Trust people in life. / Trustworthy, caring, responsible. Talking for friends and teachers. Trustworthy with people caring what relief is. / To be helpful, to be caring. To help people who are being bullied. You can help homeless people that need help.


Write about a time when you were trustworthy or caring and helped someone else in a positive way. How did it feel afterward? I saw an old lady drop her groceries and I helped her pick it up and she thought I stole it but I didn’t. It made me feel happy. / When I was helping a kid stop a bully. / I was caring when kids had a flat ball and I got my air pump and pumped up their ball. I was trustworthy when I needed to take care of my brother. / I was trustworthy when I told my sister if I could use her Jordan basketball and she said yes… / When a teacher trusted me to stay in her room by myself. / A time that I was caring was when my cousin got hit with a ball in her face. Afterwards I felt nice, caring, and respectful. / I was caring when mom was sick. So I did by chores and I was trustworthy when my sister told me to take care of my mom when she was sick. / I went to the store and a man needed money and I gave him money. / I was trustworthy and caring to someone in a positive way by being trust by my brother to carry him into the house when he hurt his lip. I was caring to brother by bringing him ice to put on his lip, cleaned the blood off, and hugged him and told him he was going to be ok. / One time when me and my family were in Mexico, we came upon a poor homeless man, so we gave him money and took him to a restaurant. / When I trustworthy I let them touch my dogs. / The time I was caring was when I feed my cousin whenever he’s hungry. I make him eggs and it feels good because I was caring for him and helped him. / I was trustworthy with my cousins iPad because I took care of it for her when she went somewhere. / When my mom left, she told me to take care of my little brother. I felt good. / The time I was trustworthy is when my dad and mom left me home with my sister and brother when my mom and dad went to dinner. / Every time I walk home there is this kid that gets bullied and I start to care because it happens a lot and I am always on his side because he is getting cussed at and I try to prevent it not to happen and know I always have his side so now he does not get bullied. / I was caring when my mom needed help cooking and cleaning the house. I helped her clean with helping her mop and then also help her with cooking by whisking potatoes and making pancakes. / When I was caring I was with my friend and he tripped on a rock so I helped him up. / When I took care of my turtles and helped my mom with groceries. / The last time I cared it when about a homeless guy that wanted a blanket and we bought him a blanket and it made his day. It felt great because I got to help him. / The last time I was trustworthy and caring was when I held someone’s bike and dog. / I was caring when my mom was in the hospital because my baby sister was born. So I helped by cleaning the whole house, washing dishes, and making food while my grandparents were here. / I take care of my baby brother by holding him when he’s crying. It made me feel good. / A time when I was trustworthy or caring was when my mom had to go to work and she left me to take care of my sisters and that made me feel that my mom could trust me on things. Drawing One’s Fears, Hope and Dreams and Sharing: Overcome your fear and sharing community. By talking in front of students and adults. Overcoming your fears with bullies. To stand up to adults that tell you what to do. / Not being shy, talk about dreams, facing your fears. Presenting in school. Share your opinion about not bullying. Speak in public when you need to. / Overcome fears, not shy, confidence. Talking in public. Talking to bully so they stop. Speaking to the public. / Not to be afraid of reaching your dream. Doing good in school to reach your dreams. We all have dreams. It’s not going to be stopped by you. You can make your dreams.

Release the Fear, Inc. TM

PO Box 3815 Phoenix, AZ 85030 www.releasethefear.org


Funded By: NEA/Halle Location: Peralta Elementary School %Male 56

%Female 44

Date: January 9-11, 2018

Ages 10-12

Do you think others (Kids my age, older & younger, Adults) have the same Fear as I do? Pre %YES 52 %NO 44 %Other 4 Post %YES 64 %NO 36 %Other 0 Rate this statement: You feel comfortable speaking in front of others. Pre % Not at all 8 % Sometimes 80 % All the Time 8 % No Answer 4 Post % Not at all 4 % Sometimes 68 % All the Time 28 % No Answer 0 Rate this statement: I believe I can make my hopes and/or dreams come true. Pre % Not at all 4 % Sometimes 40 % All the Time 56 Post % Not at all 0 % Sometimes 28 % All the Time 72 Rate this statement: I respect my own decisions even when dealing with peer pressure. Pre % Not at all 12 % Sometimes 48 % All the Time 40 Post % Not at all 0 % Sometimes 64 % All the Time 36 Complete this statement: I am trustworthy and see myself as a __. Follower, Equal, Leader Pre % Follower 0 % Equal 36 % Leader 60 % No Answer 4 Post % Follower 0 % Equal 24 % Leader 76 % No Answer 0 Have you ever been bullied? % Yes 56 % No 40 % No Answer 4 Have you ever seen someone being bullied? % Yes 64 % No 36 % No Answer 0 Did you do anything? % Yes 56 % No 32

% No Answer 12

Did you learn something in the workshop that will help you deal with bullying? Post % Yes 96 % No 0 % No Answer 4 Thoughts Shared: That bullies are just going through something / Should stand up to them / When bully peer pressure you tell them to stop / You can stand up to a bully / Talking to the bully / People that do get bullied have talent and build them up. / Yes because it will stop people from bullying / Talk to bully / Talk to the bully face to face / I learned that I can stand up to bullying how much support in getting / To stand up for yourself / Talk to them and telling them to stop / Stand up for yourself. After attending the character education workshop and learning about compassion, if you saw someone being bullied, would you do something? Post % Yes 100 % No 0 % No Answer 0 Thoughts Shared: Because you might have gone through them / It makes others feel bad / I would tell teacher and tell them to stop / I would tell a teacher / Tell to stop because I would want someone to help me / I would tell a teacher / I would do something like protect them, respect, and treat like the way you want them to respect you / I would do something because this workshop encouraged me to help others / Yes because it is the right thing to do / Because your defending someone / I would help the kid that is getting bullied and tell the bully to stop.


Which Character Count Trait would you most like the workshop to help you improve on? %Fairness Pre 24 %Responsibility Pre 28 %Citizenship Pre 16 Post: 8 Post: 28 Post: 32 %Trustworthiness Pre 20 %Caring Pre 4 %Respect Pre 8 Post: 12 Post: 8 Post 12 Did you learn any skills, such as respect or responsibility, to help you make your own decisions not based on Peer Pressure? Post % Yes 96 % No 4 % No Answer 0 Thoughts Shared: We did assignments to do responsibility / You have to take care of yourself / With great power comes great responsibility / Responsibility because I returned my homework / Having responsibility on what choices to make / Defend yourself because you won’t always have support / Yes because it will help me make caring / Responsibility with great power comes great responsibility / I did learn skills like to love yourself / I learned how to be even more responsible then what I used to be / Because I really don’t decide with peer pressure / Because it taught me to be responsible / How I know how to take care of myself. What do you think about color? What % gave more thought and shared them about color. Pre 88% Post 100% Thoughts shared: Pre: Favorite color is red. / I think about life / It really doesn’t matter about color all I depend is on how they act or treat others / I think color is a bright thing / Black because a lot of things are dark / I think that blue is a nice color / I think about like coloring / Color does not mean something / Yes I have always think black because I like things dark / One thing I think about colors is everybody has a color. / I think fairness of color / I think colors are cool because they could make pictures better / I think everybody would treat us how they want to be treated. / When I think about color is the color pink / I have thought of a color royal blue / I say color are something that have to deal with life / What I think about color is ice cream because the color will be the flavor / Post: I think everybody should treat others how they want to be treated / That you can overcome your fears and memories to get to your dreams / Color is bright and cool / I learned that I am not just about skin color / black / To overcome fear / Your dreams may be a negative color but you can overcome it / Colors mean life / My least favorite color can be my new favorite color. / Rainbow / I learn that it don’t matter what color other people like / Overcome dreams / Each color can bring up emotions / Everything the same / Color is mostly bright like your dreams but might sometimes be dark like your fears / it doesn’t matter what color you are / Life / That color doesn’t matter / Color gives you details about someone’s dreams / My favorite color turquoise What is one thing you would do to make the world a better place? Thoughts shared: Pick up trash / I would people who need help with stuff like money or food / I would make the world a better place by taking care of myself and other people / Peace on earth / Recycle and not litter and ride bikes instead of cars that provide pollution / Not litter and pick up trash / Recycle for the world / Help others and make people happy / Respect other people / I would make a company that would help people with everything / Respect and citizenship and to not make fun of race / One thing I would do to make the world a better place I would help out people that need food and a home / I would like to make sure everyone got fair treatment My most important hope or dream is. . . What % gave more thought to their Dreams becoming reality. Pre 96% Post 100%


Thoughts Shared: Pre: Want to become a football player / Get a good job / My most important dream is to help people all around the world / My dream is to never fail at life / Fairness / I would like to improve my actions especially when I get angry or sad because I could hurt somebody / I dream I have a job when I am older / Go to college and be a football player / My most important dream is to get along better with my family / My most important hope is to have my family with me / I want to be a professional soccer player / I want to graduate college and become an architect / Hope because if I hope I could dream what I want to be / My most important dream is being a photographer / I hope I get a job that has a lot of money / My most important dream is to be a good student and go to the university of my dreams / For everyone to be safe / Hope to go to college / My most important hope is being a cop. Post: Hope because if I hope I dream / my most important hope or dream is to travel the world/ Is to be with the FBI, a family, home, career / My most important dream is to see my cousin / To become an architect and graduate from the University of Arizona / College / To become vet or doctor and go to Harbor University / having a family / Being a photographer or videographer / Worth the hesitate hospital as a nurse / To own a house / Help parents / To be a professional soccer player / Is to have everything I want / My dreams is to become a marine biologist or an artist / Want to be a football player / My most important dream is to go to college and join football / My dream is to respect others / To go to school and be a hair stylist / Going to GCU and playing baseball / Color gives you details about someone’s dream / To live my life to the fullest everyday / Have job and big house / Football player. One thing I learned in workshop that will help me reach my dream is: Post 100% discovered something new in the workshop. Thoughts Shared: To not be scared or fear / One thing that I learned is to work hard / Do whatever it takes to follow your hope / Don’t be afraid to reach it / Is responsibility on myself / Trustworthy / When you say or I am it’ll most likely become true / Always telling myself “I can do it” / To not give up / be confidence and not be shy / Citizenship / Is to believe in yourself / Recognizing dreams / Is to think about it a lot and talk about it a lot to and you’ll achieve it / Getting passed my fears / How to stand up for myself / To never give up and to overcome your fear / The thing I learned is confidence / It will help my dreams / having hope / Is to always believe in your self and not be a follower / Is to overcome my fear while trying to get to my dream / Something to reach my dream is to try to get that dream / Don’t try, do it / Believe. What did you learn New in the workshop about yourself, that you did not know before? Post 96% discovered something new in the workshop about yourself: Thoughts Shared: To not be scared for fears / That I can speak to the public and to not be shy / I learned I am important / That I am special in my own way / I feel comfortable speaking in front of people / That I am trustworthy and responsible / We all have something in common / To not be a bully / That I’m perfect the way I am / That being shy will not help you to follow dreams / I learned to be more caring / To not bully / To just be to not think what people say about you / Getting passed fears / That I have citizenship in me / To love yourself and trust worthiness / I didn’t know that other people have same fears I do / I can respect to other people / That I can be responsible / I learned that I got better at presenting that I was before / I didn’t kow that all dreams can come true / That I can speak in front of people / Overcome your fear / Fear. What did you learn New in the workshop about a classmate or friend? Post 100% discovered something new about classmates or friends in the workshop Thoughts Shared: That you don’t treat for their color skin / That they have big dreams in their future / Yes I learn about my classmate / That some have a lot in common too. / They have big dreams and hopes / That they are responsible / Some people have gone through some rough stuff / No matter how you look, we’re still the same / They are like me. / To face your face / There are people like you / Obed is responsible and caring / We have the same experiences / That after all they are not shy / That we go through the same thing / She has the same fear as me / What I learned about my friends is that we have some stuff in common / I learned new stuff like that they had a family member that died / If they need help we can help them stop getting bullied or not respected / Sometime we can the same fear / I learned that they also got better at something / I learned about his personality and who he want to do in his life / That some have same things I do / Help them and always dream / They are like the same.


Thanks to NEA in conjunction with The Diane and Bruce Halle Foundation, 24 young lives from Fine Arts Academy experienced their Possibilities. This workshop took place on January 17-19, 2018 #7 of 18 Opening up possibilities for the young minds of Arizona’s youth for a brighter tomorrow.© “Bridging Possibility” workshops. Through stories, activities and artwork, Release the Fear’s Workshops will help students to: • Draw One’s Fears and Awaken Hopes and Dreams • Stimulate Creative Listening and Communication • Bridge Understanding Participant Responses Participants are asked to reflect on several of the activities and then share with the group. These responses are written in their words without edit. The following responses are from the students who range in ages from 12-13. How do you think this activity could help you in your daily life (In School, Out of School, or In Your Career)? Who am I? : Honesty and courage. Honesty helps you out more than lying. You have to be honest to help the person out. Honesty can help your career and to succeed. / Honesty applies in school because you have to be honest about your thoughts. You can be honest about how you feel. If you lie you will get in trouble. / Respectful . You don’t let anger out on people. Stop the bully and make him respectful. Work getting fired. / Honesty. When your honest you get in less trouble. Telling the teacher instead of watching it happen. In court you have to be honest and tell the truth. Creative story telling: Ideas creativity teamwork. You can’t always do things by yourself. It’s a strange force. You need to be creative in your household. / Planning. If you have a plan you can be a leader you can prevent it. You can plan for the future. / Ideas and teamwork. During sports/ideas. Help stop the bullying. When you are at work. / Teamwork. Working together on a project. Helping someone out. You can we other people to help with something. Mirror work: Look at Yourself in the eyes (ONLY) and tell yourself that you love or like yourself just the way you are: Happy and felt good. Happy because just being happy and confident. / Happy. / Happy and excited. / Bored, sexy. / It makes me feel ok. / Weird. / It makes me feel good about myself. / Weird. / I felt different when I said you are perfect just the way you are. / Proud. Grateful and makes me smile. / At some point I have to stop being so angry and to stop being so sad and have to be myself and start being gentle. At some point I have to let it all go and be happy and have spread some love instead of being afraid of it. I have to love myself and everyone around before it’s too late. Don’t waste time always being unhappy over dumb things. / Good, happy, confident. / It made me feel proud. / I love myself because I am beautiful the way I am. / Happy and Proud. / Confident and happy. / Happy and proud. / Happy. / It makes me feel beautiful. / Happy and proud. / Good. / Good for what I have done in the past. / I love myself just the way I am. It makes me feel happy. Hero: My mom because she makes me feel good. / My grandpa he is in the military and he does a lot. He served our country and he teaches me a lot. / My older sister. I look up to her. / She helped me a lot. / My big sister Pricilla. She literally saved me from the world. She is my hero and bff. She is there when I really need her. She is so supportive. She is always there, great listener. She is beautiful and just amazing. / Faze Rug KK Brian I think he is important cause he helps the homeless. / My big sister. She was there for me through all the ups and downs in my life. Even though she may have made a lot of mistakes in life she is and always will be my hero. / My dad. He works really hard. / My mom. She helps with my work and she graduated from college. / I will say my dad because he has been there for me and he will always defend me and protect me. I love him to my heart he is the


best hero. / My dad is my superman. He helps me in many things. He gives me good ideas for school projects and homework. We have fun, he is funny. He is really strict about my school work and days and my life. / My grandpa he was in the army for many years. It’s cool. / My dad is my hero. He is my family and I love him. / My hero is happy and kind. They are important because they are respectful, kind and respect. / My mommy. She always makes sure I am okay and happy. / My best friends and parents. My best friend makes me feel happy and she is very protective over me. My parents because they take care of me. / my sister. She works really hard. / Stephen Curry. He is my favorite basketball player. Reflective Take Away Assignment: Creativity. School projects. Find a way to get out of it. If you get a job as an artist or architect you have to get creative. / Strategy. Doing school work to make you feel smarter when you go to work. / Confidence. You have to have confidence to learn. Help with peer pressure to stand up and say what you feel. It applies in life to go for what you want. / Third eye creative mind teamwork. A creative mind helps you think outside the box. It helps you calm down because you can imagine what you want to. Can help you in different troubling situations. Through the Hoops: Teamwork. It helps you listen to other peoples ideas. It’s a stronger force in jobs. You need to communicate with people to succeed. / Teamwork. Applies in school so you do group work. By working as a team to stand up to them. You won’t get along with everybody but you have to work together. / Teamwork projects. Team against bully to stop them. Planning ideas. / Safety. We use it during PE and at recess. It wouldn’t happen if we had safety rules. Law keeps us safe. Seeing Beyond: Thinking, teamwork, strategy. In project development. Cleaning because you can think of new ideas to clean and teamwork with siblings. / Thinking, teamwork, strategy. Any Subject when you are working with group you can plan out your project. Chores, work when you have to work with partner. / Thinking, teamwork, strategy. When you need to think of a project so you can find an idea. With strategy you can find a way to make it go faster. / Teamwork. When you work as a group you all have to participate. You have to work as a group to get things done from now and as you get older. Drawing one’s Fears, Hopes and Dreams and Sharing: Ideas. When you need to brainstorm something. Think of an idea outside the box. Ideas to help you out more in situations. Honesty and courage. / Creativity. You have to have creativity in school to express yourself. Creativity with bullying. Creativity applies in life. / Creativity. Art class. Use your smart mind planning. Work if you want to become an artist. / Idea development. You can work with your teacher. Give the bully ideas on not getting mad. If you have a job as a writer you r ideas can help plan. Write about a time when you were trustworthy or caring and helped someone else in a positive way. How did it feel afterward? Describe the experience below. Then draw a picture on the back of what the experience looked like. : I was caring when I went to banner hospital and a lady was hurting so I helped her walk to the back. / When I helped someone when he was being bullied and I was caring for him and I was being trustworthy. / I gave money to my sister when she wanted to buy something. / I helped one of my friends get up when he fell. / I helped my mom to get my dad something for his birthday. / I helped my friend with homework. I felt helpful. / I helped someone with their science project. It made me happy for what I have done and makes me wonder if I will do it in the future. / I helped someone up when they fell and helped them pick up their stuff. / I helped one of my friends with homework. / Something that my friend told me and afterward I didn’t want to keep it in but I did it and I kept a secret. / I kept someone from holding up an inappropriate drawing on the bus. I didn’t feel any different only because I am used to it. / This year we had kind of a special kid, no one really liked him and he would always get sad. I decided to be his friend and make him feel better hopefully he is very happy now. / I helped one of my friends with his depression problems and helped him out. / I once saved my friend from committing suicide. I felt relieved. At first I was SUPER scared because she was my first best friend. / The time I was caring is when I helped my siblings buy an apple watch. / It felt good to help someone.


Funded By: NEA/Halle Location: Fine Arts Academy %Male 40

%Female 60

Date: January 17-19, 2018 Ages 12-13

Do you think others (Kids my age, older & younger, Adults) have the same Fear as I do? Pre %YES 63 %NO 37 %Other 0 Post %YES 84 %NO 12 %Other 4 Rate this statement: You feel comfortable speaking in front of others. Pre % Not at all 37 % Sometimes 41 % All the Time 15 %No Answer 7 Post % Not at all 28 % Sometimes 52 % All the Time 20 %No Answer 0 Rate this statement: I believe I can make my hopes and/or dreams come true. Pre % Not at all 4 % Sometimes 52 % All the Time 44 Post % Not at all 0 % Sometimes 36 % All the Time 64 Rate this statement: I respect my own decisions even when dealing with peer pressure. Pre % Not at all 4 % Sometimes 75 % All the Time 22 Post % Not at all 4 % Sometimes 52 % All the Time 44 Complete this statement: I am trustworthy and see myself as a __. Follower, Equal, Leader Pre % Follower 4 % Equal 48 % Leader 48 Post % Follower 8 % Equal 44 % Leader 48 Have you ever been bullied? % Yes 63 % No 37 % No Answer 0 Have you ever seen someone being bullied? % Yes 78 % No 22 % No Answer 0 Did you do anything? % Yes 75 % No 19

% No Answer 6

Did you learn something in the workshop that will help you deal with bullying? Post % Yes 68 % No 32 % No Answer 0 Thoughts Shared: Ignore or tell someone help people / I can speak up and share my voice / Speak up / Stop and talk / Help the person / Help them and be nice / Help bullies / Stop it / Stand up to bullies / I can just ignore them / Stop it / Step in and help at any moment. After attending the character education workshop and learning about compassion, if you saw someone being bullied, would you do something? Post % Yes 88 % No 4 % No Answer 8 Thoughts Shared: Tell bully to stop and push him or her away / Help them / Stand up for them and let them know they are not alone / Tell an adult / Go up tell him stop / I wouldn’t want the same thing to happen to me / Tell bully to back off / Tell the teacher and talk to them / Right thing to do / Already do / I don’t want to get involved but no one should be bullied / I’ve learned how citizenship/ I don’t want them hurt because that’s not right / Will tell a teacher / I have experience and I know it hurts.


Did you learn any skills, such as respect or responsibility, to help you make your own decisions not based on Peer Pressure? Post % Yes 60 % No 32 % No Answer 8 Thoughts Shared: Learned a lot of things / Respect / I have a voice and I can use it to do anything / Yes / Responsibility because I know what is right and it is my decision / Already have these skills / Kinda already have respect and responsibility / Take my time / Learned to be more responsible. Which Character Count Trait would you most like the workshop to help you improve on? %Fairness Pre 7 %Responsibility Pre 41 %Citizenship Pre 19 Post: 12 Post: 16 Post: 28 %Trustworthiness Pre 7 %Caring Pre 15 %Respect Pre 11 Post: 8 Post: 12 Post 32 What is one thing you would do to make the world a better place? Thoughts shared: To stop bullying / Try to save the environment / End world hunger/ Impeach Trump / End world hunger / No drugs / Help around helping the homeless / I want to stop bullying and make people feel better / Helping others / Everyone should have equal rights / That everyone is equal / Spread positivity stop bullying / Having a better President / End racism / Be kind to others so they will do the same / End racism / People to be nice and respectful to each other / Stop terrorism / Stop people from doing bad stuff / I the one / Equality no hate or bullying / Believe in people, caring and respecting others / Keeping the place clean and keep clean. What do you think about color? What % gave more thought and shared them about color. Pre 52% Post 44% Thoughts shared: Pre: I think color is cool / It’s the most amazing thing ever / I think it’s colorful / I think it makes everything better / I like color sometimes / You really need it but I sketch more / Think of blue / You can use color to describe yourself, how you feel and others / Color is cool / Crayons rainbows / I love color and I like other beautiful colors / Color is what you see / Beautiful bright light and dark / Beautiful thing amazing colors Post: Cool pretty colorful / All colors are great no matter how dark or light / Orange / It’s useful / Blue / Color is amazing and it doesn’t matter what color you are / Create something cool / We are all human color is a color / Beautiful bright dark and in the middle / Think of a rainbow / Still the prettiest thing. My most important hope or dream is. . . What % gave more thought to their Dreams becoming reality. Pre 89% Post 96% Thoughts Shared: Pre: To be successful is to get an education / Become Beyonce’s backup singer or dancer / To make a restaurant / To become Beyonce’s backup dancer / To make it to the nba / To become a big celebrity / Sing for GOD / To be a doctor and be in softball / Go to college / To be successful / Make my mom proud and happy / To be successful / Go to college / To make people happy / For every single person is equal / Get a good job / I want other people to trust in God because some don’t / Being an American hero / Dream is to go to heaven / I have a dream / Play sports / Have a really good education / To never be scared of anything / Keep others safe. Post: Don’t but they are important / College / Engineer / Football / College / Be happy / Become an American hero / To go to college / Go to the army / Mechanic / College and travel / Doctor / Finish college / Go to college / Actor / Being a better person and living life to its fullest / Family of my own / Being a youtuber / To be successful / Play in the NBA / To run a business / To be on stage / Get over my depression / Love it because it is very beautiful.


One thing I learned in workshop that will help me reach my dream is: Post 84% discovered something new in the workshop. Thoughts Shared: Stop bullying by speak up / Responsibility / Responsibility / School / Tell other people / Some people have same fears / Helping people / Be me / Never let go of your dreams / Share my dreams and we have skills/tools / Let the world know / Yes / Keep working / Telling myself I can do it / Talk about your dreams / Respect / Is by working hard and being responsible / Always work hard / Hope / Stop bullying once and for all / Better to think I am happy than sad / I have to stay strong and reach my goal to make my dream come true. What did you learn New in the workshop about yourself, that you did not know before? Post 64% discovered something new in the workshop about yourself: Thoughts Shared: That I am a lot of things / I’m da best / I can do anything / Courteous / I can walk / Believe in yourself / I can make my own decisions / To be more caring / Trustworthy / I care so much about people / Can face my fears / Learned that we can be our own character trait / That I can be a leader / I’m into drama / Better to let out my inner personalities / I used to get bullied and other stuff. What did you learn New in the workshop about a classmate or friend? Post 72% discovered something new about classmates or friends in the workshop Thoughts Shared: She showed more about herself / I’m here to stir the pot / Lot of things that have been through that I can relate to / Yes / Very open about things / Can be trusted / I can relate to some people / Many things / Some have dealt with harder stuff / They have secret / To never trust a friend / We have all in common / People go through a lot you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover / Dreams memories and fear that they can be the same as other people / I can relate to them more / One is lonely / Some people deal with the same stuff I do / They had drama it their family and other stuff.

Inspiring & empowering kids with the tools to make better life choices. . .

TM


Thanks to NEA in conjunction with The Diane and Bruce Halle Foundation, 6 young lives from Adobe Mountain Juvenile Facility experienced their Possibilities. This workshop took place on January 24-25, 2018 #8 of 18 Opening up possibilities for the young minds of Arizona’s youth for a brighter tomorrow.© “Bridging Possibility” workshops. Through stories, activities and artwork, Release the Fear’s Workshops will help students to: • Draw One’s Fears and Awaken Hopes and Dreams • Stimulate Creative Listening and Communication • Bridge Understanding • Discuss How Color Affects Us and Our Environment Senses • Heighten Visual Awareness of Our Environment • Turn Pain into Possibilities into Purpose. Participant Responses Participants are asked to reflect on several of the activities and then share with the group. These responses are written in their words without edit. The following responses are from the students who range in ages from 16-17. How do you think this activity could help you in your daily life (In School, Out of School, or In Your Career)? Who am I?: Participation, self-control, courage, honesty. By stopping bullying. By using skills, it will help me get far. / Respect, confidence, courage. Don’t judge anyone. Have the courage to stop it. Always respect yourself and everybody around. / Self-reflection, courage, honesty. Integrity, do the right thing. Respect. Help people stand up for themselves. Having motivation and following through with rules. Creative Storytelling: Skills or Tools Learned: Active listening, overcoming, imagination. Build teamwork, confidence, and cooperation. Help be yourself, don’t be afraid to speak your mind. Help work toward goals and be creative. / Active listening. Confidence. Creativity. Giving presentations and listening to presentations. Have confidence to stop it and because of the situation. Interviews, helping out family with problems. / Trabajar con otra persona no tener miedo de pararnos en una presentacion. No tener miedo de hacer una actvacion enffente de las personas tener conflansa a ti migno. No tener mieo parandote tv solito y no demostar miedo pa gve tedejen empas. Tener confiansa en lo gve tv haces y no tener verguenza. Mirror work: Look at Yourself in the eyes (ONLY) and tell yourself that you love or like yourself just the way you are: Proud, confident, open. / It makes me feel like I can do anything I set my mind on. / Confident and good about myself even though I look super ugly right now. / Confident. Hero: My grandfather and mom. Because they are constantly there for me no matter and never give up on me and they stay by my side through thick and thin. They are my heroes because they work hard together to support me and be there for me. / My grandma. They are the perfect way I want to be. / My uncle. He was always there for me. Always told me to do right. Always made me do the best I could do no matter. Always had me learning and using my head. / My brothers and sisters and my mom because they have always been there for me and never gave up on me. They are important because they are my family and I care about them a lot.


Reflective Take Away Assignment: Teamwork. How to get through obstacles. School projects, sports, activities. Ignoring it, stand up to those and tell them no. That there’s going to be people willing to help you or you help them but you have to help yourself before you help others. / Using strategy, faith, cooperation. You have to strategize to get your work done and get out for school activities. You always have to have faith that you are doing the right thing. Strategize your obstacles in life. You have to do cooperate and don’t go against the grain. You have to do things you don’t want to do to do things you want in life. Through the Hoops: Skills or Tools Learned: Got to have trust in others. Work together. There’s going to be a lot of problems to overcome. Teaches you to be your own person. Help yourself before helping others. / La imagiracion y d sentimiento de las manos. Imagindome lo gve boy hacer en el future con los sentimietos. I really don’t know. About future life, solutions to problems. Imagine. / Seeing beyond, imagination. Determined in school. Coping with obstacles to get over them. Determined to do the right thing and dedicated to stand up for what’s right. Visualize to overcome your struggles. Cope well enough with your obstacles that you don’t let it affect you badly.. Seeing Beyond: Skills or Tools Learned: How to visualize something that isn’t there. Writing a story. Gives you more imagination. See your future and what success you’ll have. Drawing one’s Fears, Hopes and Dreams and Sharing: Getting obstacles, visualizing dreams. Face obstacles. Face fears. Stand up for yourself. / Visualize your future and where you will end up in life. Help you face your fears and realize what they are. Know what your real fears and not be scared anymore. Realize your dreams and goals in life. / Getting over obstacles, acceptance. No matter what’s going on get your work done for the better. Stop bullying because you are more accepting of people’s struggles. . You don’t judge people because they may seem different. Everyone is getting over obstacles so just accept them. You can visualize it you can overcome it.

Release the Fear, Inc. TM

PO Box 3815 Phoenix, AZ 85030 www.releasethefear.org


Funded By: NAE/Halle Location: Adobe Juvenile Facility %Male 100

%Female 0

Date: January 24-26, 2018

Ages 16-17

Do you think others (Kids my age, older & younger, Adults) have the same Fear as I do? Pre %YES 50 %NO 50 %Other 0 Post %YES 100 %NO 0 %Other 0 Rate this statement: You feel comfortable speaking in front of others. Pre % Not at all 0 % Sometimes 67 % All the Time 33 Post % Not at all 0 % Sometimes 40 % All the Time 60 Rate this statement: I believe I can make my hopes and/or dreams come true. Pre % Not at all 0 % Sometimes 0 % All the Time 100 Post % Not at all 0 % Sometimes 0 % All the Time 100 Rate this statement: I respect my own decisions even when dealing with peer pressure. Pre % Not at all 0 % Sometimes 33 % All the Time 67 Post % Not at all 0 % Sometimes 20 % All the Time 80 Complete this statement: I am trustworthy and see myself as a __. Follower, Equal, Leader Pre % Follower 0 % Equal 0 % Leader 100 Post % Follower 0 % Equal 0 % Leader 100 Have you ever been bullied? % Yes 17 % No 83 % No Answer 0 Have you ever seen someone being bullied? % Yes 67 % No 17 % No Answer 16 Did you do anything? % Yes 83 % No 0

% No Answer 17

Did you learn something in the workshop that will help you deal with bullying? Post % Yes 100 % No 0 % No Answer 0 Thoughts Shared: You have bigger problems to deal with. / Acceptance. / Stand up for yourself, face fears. / Confident. / You have to be confident. After attending the character education workshop and learning about compassion, if you saw someone being bullied, would you do something? Post % Yes 100 % No 0 % No Answer 0 Thoughts Shared: I would stop it. / I would stand up for them. / I would stop it. / Stop it. / It’s the right thing to do. Did you learn any skills, such as respect or responsibility, to help you make your own decisions not based on Peer Pressure? Post % Yes 100 % No 0 % No Answer 0 Thoughts Shared: I can do whatever I set my mind on. / Don’t be afraid. / Push through something I didn’t want to. / Got to respect everybody.


Which Character Count Trait would you most like the workshop to help you improve on? %Fairness Pre 0 %Responsibility Pre 83 %Citizenship Pre 17 Post: 20 Post: 20 Post: 40 %Trustworthiness Pre 0 %Caring Pre 0 %Respect Pre 0 Post: 0 Post: 20 Post 0 What is one thing you would do to make the world a better place? Thoughts shared: Become president and you will see. / Ayudar a la gente humilde. / Get rid of drugs. / Everyone being trustworthy. / Do right. / Be a leader and a role model by helping the homeless. What do you think about color? What % gave more thought and shared them about color. Pre 17% Post 100% Thoughts shared: Pre: Colors are cool but I never really thought about them. Post: Color doesn’t affect my goals. / It can express an emotion and change on too. / We express ourselves, it changes mood. / Color has a lot of different meanings. My most important hope or dream is. . . What % gave more thought to their Dreams becoming reality. Pre 100% Post 100% Thoughts Shared: Pre: Become a music producer and do good in my life. / Be a good father. / Be a successful dad. / To have better days for my family. / Going home and staying off the streets and taking cre of my family. / Si terminar la escuela bien para tener ia familia feliz. Post: Be successful and be with my girlfriend. / To bring my family better days and make it to the top. / Being the father I never had. / To make music. / Being successful and being a better leader. One thing I learned in workshop that will help me reach my dream is: Post 100% discovered something new in the workshop. Thoughts Shared: I have to help myself before anyone else. / Visualization. / Always persevere. / Face my fears and obstacles. / Be motivated. What did you learn New in the workshop about yourself, that you did not know before? Post 100% discovered something new in the workshop about yourself: Thoughts Shared: I am a leader. / Visualization, cooperation, teamwork. / I can see my future a lot more clearly. / Never stop trying. / Not afraid to express myself. What did you learn New in the workshop about a classmate or friend? Post 100% discovered something new about classmates or friends in the workshop Thoughts Shared: Everybody is not perfect. / We share common ground. / More common ground and similar problems. / We’ve got some dreams. / We have stuff in common.

Inspiring & empowering kids with the tools to make better life choices. . .

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Thanks to NEA in conjunction with The Diane and Bruce Halle Foundation, 33 young lives from Littleton Elementary School experienced their Possibilities. This workshop took place on January 30-February 2, 2018 #9 of 18 Opening up possibilities for the young minds of Arizona’s youth for a brighter tomorrow.© “Bridging Possibility” workshops. Through stories, activities and artwork, Release the Fear’s Workshops will help students to: • Draw One’s Fears and Awaken Hopes and Dreams • Stimulate Creative Listening and Communication • Bridge Understanding • Discuss How Color Affects Us and Our Environment Senses • Heighten Visual Awareness of Our Environment • Turn Pain into Possibilities into Purpose. The students are divided into groups or teams that they remain with throughout the workshop. In their small group, the students may be asked to complete an activity, to share responses, or to reflect on an exercise. Often times these groups can have students with different beliefs, various backgrounds, and even opposing gang affiliations. The workshop will end with a group created painting to be displayed for the public. Participant Response Participants are asked to reflect on several of the activities and then share with the group. These responses are written in their words without edit. The following responses are from the students who range in ages from 12-14. How do you think this activity could help you in your daily life (In School, Out of School, or In Your Career)? Who am I? : Brave. Speak up and help others. Tell the bully to stop. Go for a job and follow your dreams. / Similarities. Help others accept. Confront the bully. Get to know people. / Brave. Participate. You’ll stand up for yourself and others. Push through obstacles. / Brave Asking questions. Standing up for yourself safely. Standing up. Stand up to your fears. / Brave, similarities, respect, honesty. Do homework. Stand up for someone. Respect others. Creative Storytelling: Skills or Tools Learned: Responsibility. Do your work and keep track. Make sure to tell an adult. Keep track. Be responsible of everything. / Citizenship. Helping others in environment. Help others in need. Helping in community. / Trustworthy. People can trust you. Adults will trust you. You would be a good person. / Respect. So you don’t get in trouble. Respect one another. Be responsible to your boss and workers. / Responsibility. Respect. Turn in your work. Take the responsibility for others. Respect others. Mirror work: Look at Yourself in the eyes (ONLY) and tell yourself that you love or like yourself just the way you are: I am amazing. / Inspiring, makes me feel confident. / Good. / I feel the same. / It makes me feel good about myself. / That makes me feel happy, also that makes me feel positive about myself. / What I love about myself is that I’m nice happy excited hopeful. / Weird. / Hopeful, proud, nervous. / Good and happy and it makes me feel comfortable in myself. / It makes me feel like I am ready to go throughout the day with confidence. / It makes me feel proud and happy of myself. / Love myself. / It makes me feel better who I am. / It made me feel good. / It makes me feel good and more confidence. / It makes me feel uncomfortable. I feel weird because I don’t really don’t talk to myself. / Real good. / It makes me feel stupid. / I like myself just the way I am. / I like myself the way I am. It made me feel star. / It makes me feel good for me. / I love myself just the way I am. I make myself happy. / It makes me feel confident and happy.


Hero: My mom. I think she’s important because she’s always encouraging me to do things. / Batman he never quits. / My hero is my mom because she is not afraid for what comes her way. / Handles his business, responsible, there for me, caring. / Because she has been there for me every step I took when I felt sad my mom was there. / Zei. She is one of my best friends. She’s a great editor and a very kind and caring person. I want to edit like her one day and also be a better person because of her. / My stepmom. She has faced so many challenges in her life, but she is still positive. She is strong and kind and an inspiration to me. She takes care of everyone and never asks for anything in return. / Cats. / My dad because he has been there for me and he always will. Because he took care of me when I was little and has never gave up on me. George Washington. He was a great leader. / Spider Man because he helps people and that inspires me. / My dad is my hero because he cares about me and even though I don’t have a mom he still likes me and cares for me. / Grandpa. He’s always there for me since I was born. / My grandma. She is important because she is wise and has taken care of me since I was a baby. / My hero is my tia because she is pretty and perfect. They are important because we are here to learn and be safe. / My mom and dad are my heroes because they give me a home. / My hero is my cousin because she is cute and likes to sing. They are important because we are here to learn and be safe. / I don’t have one because I can’t trust anyone I know. / My dad because he takes me places and takes care of me. / Obama because he was the most famous president of the USA. / My mom. My mom is important because she is always by my side. / Jackson Wang he inspired me. / Fitzgerald. The Fitzgerald was the only football player that got me into football and made me who I am right now. / The odd 1’s out because he’s a marshmallow. I think he is important because he makes people laugh and that’s what people need. / My mom because she tells me what is right and wrong and helps me with a lot of stuff. / My dad. My dad is always there for me. I can always talk to him about anything and he will listen and every time I’m upset he’s always finding a way To cheer me up. Reflective Take Away Assignment: Confident. Apply to a school and be confident. So you don’t make yourself feel bad. Pick something you want to do. / Confidence. You can stand up to people. You don’t have to give into it. Help with bullying. / Confidence. You’ll want to stand up more. You want to speak your mind. You won’t be afraid to chase your challenges. / Confidence. Encouraging yourself to do good on work. Expressing yourself and stand up for yourself. It makes you feel good. / Dedication, can do spirit, learning from your mistakes, confidence. Dedication. Work hard for something and putting in effort. Confidence helps with not feeling bad about yourself and still feeling positive about yourself ever know there are things you feel are bad. Learning from your mistakes help you not make the same mistakes over and over so you are getting better. Through the Hoops: Skills or Tools Learned: Trust. Trust your teachers. Trust an adult to help you. Trust and believe in yourself. / Trust. Trust in your teachers. Trust people to help you. Those people you can count on. / Helping and support. Helps you be successful. Support the one’s being bullied. You help others out. / Helping. By helping people making throughout life and school. Your helping the person with bullying. Helping is a good because you can help who really needs it and maybe the person can help you one day. / Teamwork. Working together. Teamwork. Working with classmates. Your friend will be there. Working together with others that you do not know. Write about a time when you were trustworthy or caring and helped someone else in a positive was. How did it feel afterward? Describe the experience below. The time I was trustworthy (still am) was bring most or some items or tools for my brother. / The time I was trustworthy and caring was when I had to take care of my nephew and sister and brother. My older sister and mom were trusting me to take care of them and I was caring. / Being there for a friend when she needed it. / One time helped my mom with the dishes and it made me feel great because I helped my mom. / I made my brother a bowl of cereal. / I helped my grandpa with his work yesterday. / I helped my mom by cleaning the dishes. / I helped someone who was being bullied and I feel happy because I saved someone. / The time I was trustworthy and caring was when my uncle let me use his tools to build a machine for his car. / My mom and dad were cleaning a big room and they needed help so I helped the room got cleaned faster.


A time I was trustworthy or caring was when a friend told me a secret. / I helped my mom by unloading the groceries, waking her up for work, put her bag in the car and starting the car for her. / I was trustworthy by cleaning up the house for my mom. / A time I was caring I helped my sister. / A time I was caring was when two little first graders were fighting. I was there to solve the problem and get them to be friends. / I was trustworthy when my sister told me to watch her son and when I was caring is when my friend’s dad went to jail and she was sad and I was caring for her. / One time I was caring is when my family and me went to the park and this little boy was looking for his family and we helped him. / I was trustworthy and caring when it was the first time I got the keys from the house and I had to be responsible walking from home to school and school to home. / I am in NJHs and we did a car wash fundraiser. It made me feel good because I know it was for a good cause. / I remember the time that I helped my family by doing all things. / One time I was caring was today when I helped you with boxes. I felt good and happy knowing that I helped someone. / I was caring for a woman who was having trouble lifting gallons of water to her car so I helped her and afterwards it made me feel happy and good. / I helped my dad and he trusted me. Someone fell and I helped them up. / Every day. / A time when I was trustworthy or caring was when I helped my dad. Drawing one’s Fears, Hopes and Dreams and Sharing: Never give up. Be dedicated. Never give up because you’re doing bad in school. Never give in when you get bullied. When you get a job and you get an answer wrong never give up. Be dedicated to getting it right. / Never give up. Not giving up on work. Don’t let anyone get to get. Don’t give up and motivate yourself. / You are not alone. Face your fears with others. Ask others for help. There’s always someone there for you. / You are not alone. Having to depend on others. People stand up for you. You have friend to help you. / Share and express yourself. Gives you hope. Helps you face your feelings. Helps you express your feelings.

Release the Fear, Inc. TM

PO Box 3815 Phoenix, AZ 85030 www.releasethefear.org


Funded By: NEA/Halle Location: Littleton Elementary School %Male 45

%Female 55

Date: January 30-February 2, 2018

Ages 12-14

Do you think others (Kids my age, older & younger, Adults) have the same Fear as I do? Pre %YES 67 %NO 30 %Other 3 Post %YES 82 %NO 18 %Other 0 Rate this statement: You feel comfortable speaking in front of others. Pre % Not at all 27 % Sometimes 55 % All the Time 15 Post % Not at all 7 % Sometimes 57 % All the Time 32 Rate this statement: I believe I can make my hopes and/or dreams come true. Pre % Not at all 18 % Sometimes 45 % All the Time 37 Post % Not at all 3 % Sometimes 50 % All the Time 43 Rate this statement: I respect my own decisions even when dealing with peer pressure. Pre % Not at all 15 % Sometimes 55 % All the Time 21 Post % Not at all 18 % Sometimes 36 % All the Time 39 Complete this statement: I am trustworthy and see myself as a __. Follower, Equal, Leader Pre % Follower 15 % Equal 37 % Leader 45 Post % Follower 29 % Equal 46 % Leader 25 Have you ever been bullied? % Yes 42 % No 51 % No Answer 7 Have you ever seen someone being bullied? % Yes 42 % No 55 % No Answer 3 Did you do anything? % Yes 45 % No 33

% No Answer 22

Did you learn something in the workshop that will help you deal with bullying? Post % Yes 71 % No 29 % No Answer 0 Thoughts Shared: I knew what to do. / Tell somebody. / To stand up. / Because I know how to deal with bullying. / Because it would not be right to do nothing. / I was never bullied. / Yes because they showed me how to help with bullying. / I learned more about my peers. / By telling an adult. / We are all the same. / Because it helps me help people. / You can help yourself. / Yes if you are there to see it. After attending the character education workshop and learning about compassion, if you saw someone being bullied, would you do something? Post % Yes 93 % No 7 % No Answer 0 Thoughts Shared: Tell a teacher. / I would tell a teacher and chat with the person. / Tell a teacher. / No because they should stand up to the bully themselves and fight for their right. / Because I don’t want them to feel bad. / Report to an adult. / We are all the same. / I feel more confident. / I would help because I saw it. It is my responsibility so I should help. / I would tell a teacher. / Yes because I think it wouldn’t be fair if they helped me and I didn’t. / Because I won’t just let that person get bullied. / Yes I would do something. / Yes because bullies need to be stopped. / To stop bullying.


Did you learn any skills, such as respect or responsibility, to help you make your own decisions not based on Peer Pressure? Post % Yes 79 % No 21 % No Answer 0 Thoughts Shared: I know what decisions to make. / Because I listen. / To not care about what other people think. / Because at home. / I should always make good decisions. / I was able to make decisions myself. / I need help. / I learned more about myself. / By accepting what I do. / Trustworthiness. / Do not let anyone tell you what to do. / I already know what they discussed. Which Character Count Trait would you most like the workshop to help you improve on? %Fairness Pre 9 %Responsibility Pre 45 %Citizenship Pre 15 Post: 11 Post: 46 Post: 11 %Trustworthiness Pre 12 %Caring Pre 24 %Respect Pre 33 Post: 21 Post: 25 Post 25 What is one thing you would do to make the world a better place? Thoughts shared: People not judging what you like. / Help people. / I could be a helpful person. / Making everybody be nice and fair and no bullying. / Not smoking in stores. / Animals. / Stop hunger. / Change the world. / Help out the community. / Try to raise the awareness of suicide. / Having no bullying, respecting each other and having not much problems. / World peace. / Being responsible with my things. / Plant more trees and save animals. / Recycle plastic. / Stop world hunger. / Everyone to be respected and treated equally. / Be helping people in the world. / Be nice. / Be kind to people. / Respect because if people have it, it will make everything better. / Stop bullying. / Love for you and me. / Help homeless people. / One thing I would do is help animals. / Be a caring person. / Be a caring leader. / Go to college. / Tell people to care for each other. / No Trump. / Stop all of the crime. / Be helpful, be kind. / Recycling. / I want to accomplish life and I want to leave my mark on the world. / I would be nice and to do whatever I can to help people. What do you think about color? What % gave more thought and shared them about color. Pre 94% Post 86% Thoughts shared: Pre: It makes me think of things that are bright. / I think it’s colorful. / Purple and mint. / Color is blue. / Colors like bright. / I think it’s fine. / Yes. / Yes. / When I think of color I think of art. / The meaning of color is different than color of people. / I think all different kinds of color should be treated with equality. / Red, blue, green, just random colors. / Say good morning to everything. / Rainbows. / Love pink. / I think that color is bright and some stands out. / Yes. / Pink. / Yes I think about color. / I think it’s fine everyone should be treated equally. / If there is no color there would be no color. / I believe that color is very important and glad it exists. / Art and color of skin. / I’ve never thought about color but I think it’s a pattern or a rainbow. / Yes. / Color is everywhere and it’s a good thing. / When I think color I think different races. / No I think all of us are equal. / Color is a beautiful thing. / Rainbow. / I like colors like red. / I think about green. / Beautiful. / I think it is satisfying to look at. / I love color. Colors are so beautiful and they mean so much to me and other people. / I think color is the world and all the people. Post: The color of someone’s skin. / Color is amazing. / It’s just color nothing more nothing less. / It helps. / I think color is things that are bright. / What I think about color bright. / How important it is to the world. / The earth’s color. / I love color and color has a very big meaning. / Your favorite color. / Color is cool. / It shows the art of beauty. / I think it is something bigger. / That color is just color or we are all equal. / It is a thing. / It is a good color. / I think of it as a form of art. / I think it is colorful and cool. / It is fun. / I think everyone should be treated equally no matter what. / Pink love you. / There is more meaning to colors. / I learned that color can mean many things. / That it doesn’t matter about color of skin and that it can make a difference.


My most important hope or dream is. . . What % gave more thought to their Dreams becoming reality. Pre 91% Post 96% Thoughts Shared: Pre: That there is love. / Unite the entire gates as one. / I hope to be a massage therapist. / I want to sing. / That I might help others. / To become a lover. / Become a vet. / My hope or dream is having a good life and never giving up. / Be a lawyer. / Travel. / My dream that I hope Is to be a football player. / Help others feel happy about themselves. / Is to have a job. / I want to be someone important. / My mom to come back. / My most important hope or dream is for me to be successful. / Have a good job and great family. / To have a good career. / To go to high school and graduate to college. / My dream is to help people and make their dreams real. / I would hope to go back home with my mom. / To be a good role model and leader for someone. / Do well in life. / To become a NBA player. / Is to become a pro soccer player. / My most important hope is to have a car. / Is to go to Japan and become a game designer or an animator. / Being a vet and kids. / To model or be a school janitor. / My most important dream is to become a mother. / My dream is a car. / My dream is that I can meet one of my foster parents. / My most important dream is that I want to travel worldwide with my uncle. Post: Disneyland and Sea World. / Joining the minor league baseball (Diamond Backs). / To be someone important to someone. / Is being successful and being a leader. / To have a lot of friends. / Good career. / My most important dream is to travel the world. / Is to become an animator. / Not sure about high school. / My dream is to be owner of a video game company. / Is to become a soccer player. / Going to Japan and going to college there. / Do good in life. / Hope because it is courage. / To become a video game developer. / To be a fighter. / To be successful in life. / To be an artist. / To become president and untie the world. / Football. / To see my mom. / To be a YouTuber. / Is being a vet. / My most important dream is to help out. / To get a good career. / To become a lawyer. / Becoming a vet. One thing I learned in workshop that will help me reach my dream is: Post 96% discovered something new in the workshop. Thoughts Shared: Don’t give up. / To never give up. / Is to be helpful. / What I learned in workshop is all colors. / Is always believe. / That I can do many things. / Go for it. / Follow your dream. / Be respectful. / To never give up. / I like it. / Confidence. / Never give up and you are never alone. / Is to never give up. / Is about the future. / Hard work. / Is to never give up. / Is that you can do anything that you want. / I need more confidence. / Is to be confident. / I have people that care about me. / Not be shy. / To stand up. / Is never give up. / No peer pressure. / Never give up. / Acting. What did you learn New in the workshop about yourself, that you did not know before? Post 86% discovered something new in the workshop about yourself: Thoughts Shared: Not embarrassed to step forward. / I’m not alone. / I learned that I have potential. / I have courage. / Can do more than I thought. / I can trust in my own decisions. / I learned that I’m not alone. / From my fear, I’m not alone. / That I have things in common. / How amazing I am. / Everyone has the same fear. / How I am a role model to others. / That I can talk in front of people. / Fun. / Me and friends. / To get support to be successful. / Wisdom. / To reach for it. / That I am not alone. / Teamwork and citizenship. / I learned more confidence. / I learned more about me. /To not myself get hurt. / I’m caring at times. What did you learn New in the workshop about a classmate or friend? Post 79% discovered something new about classmates or friends in the workshop Thoughts Shared: They’re different than I thought. / That they have fears too. / That they like drawing. / Similar dreams. / That they learn the same things. / Some of them have been bullied. / We’re similar. / That they are trustworthy and caring. / That your friends can help you. / That we are good friends. / Nice and good friends. / Who had gotten bullied and who bullied. / We have a lot in common. / Some hope to sing like me. / I learned that Gaven is not afraid of anything. / That everyone has something in common. / Classmates are helpful to be with


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Thanks to NEA in conjunction with The Diane and Bruce Halle Foundation, 29 young lives from Fine Arts Academy experienced their Possibilities. This workshop took place on February 12-14, 2018 #10 of 18 Opening up possibilities for the young minds of Arizona’s youth for a brighter tomorrow.© “Bridging Possibility” workshops. Through stories, activities and artwork, Release the Fear’s Workshops will help students to: • Draw One’s Fears and Awaken Hopes and Dreams • Stimulate Creative Listening and Communication • Bridge Understanding • Discuss How Color Affects Us and Our Environment Senses • Heighten Visual Awareness of Our Environment • Turn Pain into Possibilities into Purpose. The students are divided into groups or teams that they remain with throughout the workshop. In their small group, the students may be asked to complete an activity, to share responses, or to reflect on an exercise. Often times these groups can have students with different beliefs, various backgrounds, and even opposing gang affiliations. The workshop will end with a group created painting to be displayed for the public. Participant Responses Participants are asked to reflect on several of the activities and then share with the group. These responses are written in their words without edit. The following responses are from the students who range in ages from 12-13. How do you think this activity could help you in your daily life (In School, Out of School, or In Your Career)? Who am I?: Not alone. Struggle? Ask for help. It would make things easier. When someone struggles / Honest. Helps us when we are talking to someone. Hope that your friends will be there for you. By being honest people will think that you are trustworthy / Communication. Verbal and nonverbal. Ask more questions. Using your voice. Helps you get a good job / Not alone. It will also help us with friendship and answers. We stand by each other. It helps us with friendships / Sharing, expressing yourself. Teachers will know how you feel and your opinions. Teachers will know how to help you. Makes people see who you are. Reflective Take Away Assignment: Confident. A presentation in front of people. It would help cause, there is someone there for us. You need confidence to apply for things in life (jobs, college, etc) / Confident. It helps School by not making bad decisions. It helps you make better decisions. It applies with life for you could not get nervous / Mindset. We have learned kids are watching. It makes us act better towards little kids. It helps us understand our decisions. It makes us a better example, but also to fogive yourself / Confident. To believe you can be who you are. Speak up for yourself. Not changing, be yourself / Mindset. Do better in school. You will handle the situation better. You will go through reality and know what you are doing. Mirror work: Look at Yourself in the eyes (ONLY) and tell yourself that you love or like yourself just the way you are: Like a lyer and happy / Weird and more confident / I feel the same / It makes me feel happy and good about myself / It makes me feel uncomfortable because I know I am lying to myself / It makes me feel pretty happy, good / Comfortable / Weird / Good about myself / I feel tired and I see that / The same, normal like nothing happened / It makes me feel happy and it was cool because I have been feeling sad lately / Honest / Good about myself / Proud of myself. I like myself the way I am / Good and weird / Weird and ok, normal / Not comfortable / A little weird / Very depressed / Stoud / Happy, normal,confident, weird / Sad, depressed, ashamed, happy now / Bad / Proud of myself / Good, great, but I feel like I was lying / Feel like I am lying / Happy and good about myself.


Hero: Brother in Law. He is going to take my sisters hand in marriage. He affected my whole family’s life and especially my sisters / Mom and Dad. They teach me cool things about life / My parents and sister. They are always there for me / Nana. She has always is there for me and she will always be there for me / Uncle Brent. He has always helped me and been there for me / My dad. He is a very helpful person and he is a man who never gives up / Batman. He doesn’t have powers but he still able to win a fight / They support me in everything, they are kind and caring and help me make good decisions / My nana because she is always responsible and makes good decisions and loves me / I am just good / Russ. He came up by himself, he worked hard to become a rapper/director. He did it himself / I thinks firefighters, doctors, first responders are important because they were there during tragedies and things like the triangle fire / Dad. They are important to me because they have been there for me since the day of birth. Something I look in a hero is that they always there for you, helpful, honest / My mom cares, loves and provides me with everything. She is always my look out and cares for me no matter what. Respectfulness, caring and someone who is going to motivate me to be me and follow my dream / My parents. They are always there for me. I look for heroes that are proud and that they don’t judge people / My mom. She helps me / They teach me stuff / My mom is my hero as she inspires me in life. She taught me right from wrong and she supports me and helps me throughout life / Army men, Batman and Spiderman. They fight for our country / My grandpa. He taught me things / Goku. He is strong and he could protect you. Strength / God. He is there for me / Mr. Clean. Because he cleans things / Mom. She was alone with me and in college that to me is amazing and she is strong for that / Mom and Dad. They have good jobs and finished school. Sense of humor, responsible, nice, happy, good future, good role model / Vegeta. He doesn’t care about what people say he is really strong and really cool / My mom. No matter how far away she is always by my side / Batman. In his universe he avenges his parents but he does not kill, he puts villains in jail to make them pay / My mother, She brought me in the world and she can take me and believes me. I do not know what I would do if I lost her. Through the Hoops: Ask for help when needed. When something is difficult, you can ask a teacher. You can ask adult or friend for help and support. You will go through life a little bit easier / We learned to trust. You learned how to work with others and trust them. When we trust we can help. We can ask for help to get through the harder months / Teamwork. Getting along with others, group work. Help the victim out. Communicating and working with your peers around you / Trust. We are able to build support systems. We can trust our friends to be there and to help us. We are able to make friends and get help when we need it / Trust. You have to with teachers and friends. There is people that you can trust that can help deal with it. You have to work as teams with other people. Seeing Beyond: Communication. It applies to school because without communication everything would be crazy / Honesty. Be honest to everyone in school. Tell the truth when you are wrong. Applies in everything, it is good character trait to have in yourself / Teamwork, to widen questions to depend on one another. It helps you in all subjects. It helps us avoid traps and work with others / Teamwork. Science because work together to get it right. This can apply in life because if you have teamwork makes better decisions / Asking the right questions. It applies in science because we have to make hypothesis. Clues can help solve problems. Reflective Take Away Assignment: Never give up. Succeed in school. Success and happiness / Appreciate life. By appreciating your friends and teachers. Everything you get and have you should appreciate / Be patient. To get along with others, you have to be patient, even with take your time and answers. Better to be patient so you can think through things instead of getting right to the point / Be patient. By having patience in school you could go farther. By being patient in life things will end up turning out ok, even if it takes a while / Never take people for granted. Yes because you take teachers and friends for granted until they are gone. Yes take people in your perspective for who they are and what they have to offer for as long as you can.


Drawing one’s Fears, Hopes and Dreams and Sharing: Not alone. There are teachers and friends. Other people could be in the same shoes as you. There are other people and your family to be there for you / Trust others. Believe in teachers and friends. Stick up by having trust. Having faith in trusting your peers / Confident. Shy people can gain confidence and have more success. You can stand up to them and have people to help. In order to reach your goals, you need confidence instead of backing down / Not alone. We have support systems. Describe a time when you had an experience that you perceived (though/saw) as negative, but through time or something you did, you perceived (thought/saw) the experience as a positive one: I’ve never been able to turn a negative into a positive IDK why but I’ve always been one sided when it comes to experiences / Moving to a school was a negative but I met amazing people have good memories and it affected me in a good way / I was hit by a truck and thought I was going to die but mi madre was there to help me through it and I got to stay home from school / Also when my mom started to date I got sad but over time I was motivate or my bunnies died on my lap sad / I burned down my house and I learned it was ok / My mom lift my and she came back to / My Tia died and I knew she is in a better place / My dad got deported but over time I learned that it was kind of a good thing because I learned I could depend on my mom when I need her even though I don’t depend on anybody / My great gramma died and I felt very sad at the end / My grandma taught me how to ride and I kept falling and wanted to give up and I tried again and got it / Last cause what happened then now people see me different / I thought that when my grandpa died that it was bad but I figured out it is a part of life / It made me sad and happy and it was sad when I moved it was hot cool / Tough time were someone was being treated wrong so I help with problems / I felt depressed and empty but then I realized that it was a learning experience and it was going to be ok / When someone was treated wrong / I was at my cousins house and they left me and they come back I learn to never be last one to wake up / My dad went to prison and I learned I don’t need him / I didn’t want to go on a roller coaster so when I went on it I thought it was fun / I saw my Tia take her last breath before she died but she stopped suffering / Something I experience was giving my dog away at first I was like sad and crying because I didn’t take care of it but then I learned that I didn’t take care of it I didn’t give it attention / Feb 12, 2018 my dog got off his leash and was running nonstop fast my bf and his brother were helping me but while we tried to catch him he ran to the main street and got hit so I ran into the street and picked up puppy and it died in my arms / When I first went to softball team I was nervous and then I got used to it and it was fun / I had a house fire and for the longest time I hated myself and blamed myself but now I don’t this fire has bought me new and amazing things / When I went to my mom’s at the beginning I was scared cause I wasn’t with my dad but I was a lot happier with my mom / I pulled knife to my chest I was depressed back then but I feel better but not good enough / Felt sad we might go to Disney instead of family but now I might go / I came to AZ when I was six years old I came to a school and did not know English and my mom started to cry but I made friends and I know English now I learned to not be afraid by brave.

Release the Fear, Inc. TM

PO Box 3815 Phoenix, AZ 85030 www.releasethefear.org


Funded By: NEA/Halle Location: Fine Arts Academy %Male 37

%Female 63

Date: February 12-14, 2018 Ages 12-13

Do you think others (Kids my age, older & younger, Adults) have the same Fear as I do? Pre %YES 53 %NO 33 %Other 14 Post %YES 62 %NO 31 %Other 7 Rate this statement: You feel comfortable speaking in front of others. Pre % Not at all 27 % Sometimes 60 % All the Time 13 %No Answer 0 Post % Not at all 7 % Sometimes 69 % All the Time 24 %No Answer 0 Rate this statement: I believe I can make my hopes and/or dreams come true. Pre % Not at all 13 % Sometimes 73 % All the Time 13 Post % Not at all 3 % Sometimes 69 % All the Time 28 Rate this statement: I respect my own decisions even when dealing with peer pressure. Pre % Not at all 17 % Sometimes 63 % All the Time 20 Post % Not at all 7 % Sometimes 52 % All the Time 41 Complete this statement: I am trustworthy and see myself as a __. Follower, Equal, Leader Pre % Follower 17 % Equal 43 % Leader 40 Post % Follower 7 % Equal 34 % Leader 59 Have you ever been bullied? % Yes 67 % No 33 % No Answer 0 Have you ever seen someone being bullied? % Yes 73 % No 27 % No Answer 0 Did you do anything? % Yes 50 % No 40

% No Answer 10

Did you learn something in the workshop that will help you deal with bullying? Post % Yes 86 % No 14 % No Answer 0 Thoughts Shared: Stand up to others / I knew before / Speak up for yourself / I can trust others and ask for help / Helping others out / People get bullied / Talk to others / Trust and speak up / That I’m not alone / Not be alone friends will help / Talk about fears / You can deal with what’s happening / Yes it helped me / I learned confidence / Help when needed / Support others / I learned to speak up / I think that I learn something good. After attending the character education workshop and learning about compassion, if you saw someone being bullied, would you do something? Post % Yes 93 % No 7 % No Answer 0 Thoughts Shared: That’s what I learned in the workshop / I’ve always done something / Stick up for them / Help them tell a grown-up / Help out others / I don’t support it / Stand up to them / Help out and speak toward bully / Stop it / Stop them / Don’t like someone getting bullied / Yes I beat the bully / Tell a teacher / I would fight them / Yes that isn’t right / I would help out / Yes it’s not ok.


Did you learn any skills, such as respect or responsibility, to help you make your own decisions not based on Peer Pressure? Post % Yes 83 % No 17 % No Answer 0 Thoughts Shared: You have many responsibility / Be more confident / Always believe in yourself / Be patient / Yes / Keep people’s trust / Learned some respect / If I’m under pressure choose calmly / Yes but no / Been told to be who I am / I am responsible for my actions / Generic / I learned respect. Which Character Count Trait would you most like the workshop to help you improve on? %Fairness Pre 7 %Responsibility Pre 53 %Citizenship Pre 13 Post: 10 Post: 24 Post: 17 %Trustworthiness Pre 10 %Caring Pre 7 %Respect Pre 13 Post: 21 Post: 24 Post 17 What is one thing you would do to make the world a better place? Thoughts shared: Stop bullying, help the homeless, help suicidal kids / Be respectful to everyone / Speak out and help those that are suffering / Give stuff to people that need more than you / There is nothing we can do, every time we try it backfires / Help with problems / Stop pollution / Stop killing animals / Be an example to others / Help homeless and care for them / Stop violence / Make everyone feel like they belong here / Stop bullying / Do something for equal rights / Pick up trash on floor / Green cities and help the earth / recycle more stuff / Recycle more / Make Bernie Sanders President, not some Oompa Loompa / Stop the rate of crime / Eliminate terrorists / No pollution / End all racism / Respect others / No drugs weapons violence and pick up trash / Helping out more in life. What do you think about color? What % gave more thought and shared them about color. Pre 60% Post 90% Thoughts shared: Pre: Everyone should be treated the same way / I see it as bright colors / Think about feeling / Favorite is black / I think we are all equal all colors are equal red and blue white and black / Blue is my favorite and I think of feelings / Color is in anything color is awesome it can display feelings and affect them / Blood red because it is my mom’s favorite / Makes things pop and look alive / How pretty the sky is / We use it every day / Blue / Purple is the night sky / Stands for something we see or do / It makes us not black and white / We can all be one color / There is black because it matches everything / Just colors. Post: Treat everyone the same way / Color is the same / Affects our mood / Colors are beautiful / Follows you everywhere / All equal / Skin color doesn’t matter / Blood red / Colors can be different than gray / Change your moods / Color is beautiful / Still just plain / Color is beautiful / Fine with color now / Favorite color / Not everyone is the same / It was great / My least favorite color is my dream / Same colors people have different ways to express it / It ok what color you choose to show / Color is still like a feeling to me / Color is pointless / I learned about feeling / It mean a lot / It stands for everything we see / Don’t judge. My most important hope or dream is. . . What % gave more thought to their Dreams becoming reality. Pre 80% Post 93%


Thoughts Shared: Pre: Mine is to have a good future / Get good grades and finish school / Content or happy in my future / Stay out of prison and off drugs / Go to Yale and being an author director leaving my family / Drone that girls can help with almost anything / Earth would be a better place / Help those in need like homeless / Be a vet / Help or work with kids / Get scholarships for college become a pediatrician / Stop bullying / Be someone everyone can acknowledge / Teacher / Have success (job and food) / Live life / Too much pressure with everything and can’t think about the future / What I need to survive / For my baby sister to have a successful life / To succeed / Be joy / Great artist or piano player / Make the world a better place / Become a good person. Post: Be a lawyer / Stay out of prison and off drugs / Go to college and get an education / Help my family move on / They are all important / Having my kids having good grades / Yale / Successful and happy / Live with mom / Be an artist and get a motorcycle / GCU / Nice home and pediatrician / To go to TUHS / Be a famous YouTuber / Help animals / Making my parents proud / Go to college / To be a teacher / To speak Japanese / Succeeding in life / My brother in law alive / Accomplish my future truck / Being happy with myself / Make someone proud of me / To become a vet / To go to / Good job and life / To enjoy it. One thing I learned in workshop that will help me reach my dream is: Post 93% discovered something new in the workshop. Thoughts Shared: There will always be someone or something in your way never stop trying / Focusing on future / Be confident / Trustworthy patience and responsibility / It takes time / Believe in myself / Be positive / Stay positive / Keep on trying and never give up / Myself / Be patient and follow your heart / Be patient / Ask for help when needed / Stop being shy and speak out / Confidence and never give up / To believe in myself / Don’t be down on myself / Yes respect / Patience / Confidence / Trust people / To always believe / Having good support / Move forward / Never give up / Is to help / Be trustworthy / Never stop dreaming. What did you learn New in the workshop about yourself, that you did not know before? Post 87% discovered something new in the workshop about yourself: Thoughts Shared: Open up to people for help and trust / I am not alone / I love myself and I am proud / More open minded / Love yourself all the time / That people are there for me / Same fears as others / Stay responsible / About myself / It’s not scary to talk in front of peers / Not alone / Don’t take life for granted / I can speak out and have fun with classmates / To be not afraid / Love myself / How respectful I am / How to deal with things / Same fears / My dream / Some improved / I am very supportive / I’m myself / My fears / A lot / I’m smart and respectful / I learned a lot of stuff. What did you learn New in the workshop about a classmate or friend? Post 100% discovered something new about classmates or friends in the workshop Thoughts Shared: Share same fears / Some have been through the same things / Everyone has the same fears / All have fears we can help each other / I can’t say because it is sad / Love them no matter what / They lost a love one like me / They have been through tragic events / She is happy / People have the same fears / It ok / Everyone is different / Others have the same fear / Have something in common / We all have the same kind of problem at some point / About their dreams / Same fears / Some dreams / To be less shy / Their fears / Their dream / Not as much as I expected / People are really depressed / Everyone is going through a lot / People aren’t happy / Their fears and more about personality / A lot / They are trustworthy / They are scared of losing their family.


Thanks to NEA in conjunction with The Diane and Bruce Halle Foundation, 17 young lives from Estrella Vista Elementary experienced their Possibilities. This workshop took place on February 21 - 24, 2017 #11 of 18 Train the Trainer Opening up possibilities for the young minds of Arizona’s youth for a brighter tomorrow.© “Bridging Possibility” workshops.

Through stories, activities and artwork, Release the Fear’s Workshops will help students to:

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Draw One’s Fears and Awaken Hopes and Dreams Stimulate Creative Listening and Communication Bridge Understanding Discuss How Color Affects Us and Our Environment Senses Heighten Visual Awareness of Our Environment Turn Pain into Possibilities into Purpose.

The students are divided into groups or teams that they remain with throughout the workshop. In their small group, the students may be asked to complete an activity, to share responses, or to reflect on an exercise. Often times these groups can have students with different beliefs, various backgrounds, and even opposing gang affiliations. The workshop will end with a group created painting to be displayed for the public. Participant Responses Participants are asked to reflect on several of the activities and then share with the group. These responses are written in their words without edit. The following responses are from the students who range in ages from 11-12. The students are asked to reflect on the following question: How do you think this activity could help you in your daily life (In School, Out of School, or In Your Career)? Who am I?: Leader supporting. It is easier in a team. You wouldn’t want to go through it alone. It helps in life because you can help your family. / Fear of being judged. People are afraid to be themselves. You can stand up to bullying. It will not allow you to go far in life. / Be direct and decisive. You have to make your own decisions. Decide if you want to help or be a bystander. You will be successful because you know what you want. Creative story telling: Trust. Trust one another. Trust your friends to help you with the bully. Trust is needed in the family. / Care for everybody. Be a leader and care for others. It can make them happy. Everyone should be cared for to live a good life. / To communicate and cooperate. You have to communicate with peers. You communicate your feelings. If you never communicate how you feel, you will never see a positive change. Reflective Take Away Assignment: Build confidence. To speak in front of the class. You have confidence to walk out the door. / Honest. People can trust us. It can help us not do things we don’t want to do. It can help us go far in life. / Building confidence. Helps you speak up. Helps you have the confidence to say no. it can help you get a job. Mirror Work: Look at Yourself in the eyes (ONLY) and tell yourself that you love or like yourself just the way you are: Happy to start the day. / I felt the same. / I like myself just the way I am. Good. Happy. / Makes me feel like I am worth it. / Makes me feel good. / It makes me want to cry. It also makes me feel happy. / It makes me feel weird and awkward. / Okay. / I feel good about myself.


Hero: Who is Your Hero and Why do you think are they important? What characteristics or qualities, would you or do you, look for in a Hero?: Lionel Messi. He lets nothing stop him. / My tia Diana and my mom. They couldn’t go to college because they needed to support their children. My tia ended up finishing college and started a tutoring company in California. My mom is able to support a 9 member family. / God is kind to everyone no matter who it i . He loves everyone and I want to be like him. / My mother. She is there for me through thick and thin. / Robin Williams. He is so happy and wonderful. / My cousin Alonso. Went to prison and got out last year. He got out and went straight to school to become a diesel mechanic. / My moms. They have such big hearts.

Through the Hoops: Teamwork and communication. You can get through obstacles with teamwork. Someone can help you deal with the bully. When you are trying to achieve your goals there will be obstacles. / Teamwork. To work together to work out problems. Stand up for each other. Teamwork means together, which will make us succeed in problems. / Teamwork. Makes it easier to get good grades. Someone could back them up and be there for them. It helps achieve your goals. Seeing Beyond: To use your imagination with clues that were in the bag. It is in all subjects. You need your 6 sense to help with all subjects. To imagine your goals in life. / Visualization. All subjects because you have to see yourself finish projects. You can see yourself being successful. / Creativity. It goes in art, reading, writing because you have to make stories. Helps you create creative goals. Drawing one’s Fears, Hopes, and Dreams and Sharing: Believe in yourself. To believe you are going to be successful. To believe in yourself to tell someone or deal with them. To believe you will achieve your goals. / To believe in yourself. You can reach your goals. If you believe in yourself you can do anything. / Believe in yourself. It helps us get the grades we want. If you believe in yourself you say no. Our fears can’t hold us back. Reflective Take Away Assignment: Listen to your intuition. When you are doing a test and you forget a question and your intuition tells you. When you don’t listen you will die. / Listen to your inner voice. During a quiz, your inner voice can help you remember. It can lead you to success. / Listen to intuition and don’t doubt. If you doubt your abilities you will not be able to accomplish much. If you feel like you should help someone, don’t ignore your intuition. Never ignore your intuition because if you do, you won’t be successful. Reflective Take-Away Questions: We can all remember a time when we did not listen to our Intuition or Inner Voice. We would like you to think of an example when you did follow your Intuition? What can you learn from this situation?: One time I didn’t listen to my inner voice was when I knew I wasn’t supposed to go to another park and I went to it and got in trouble. It is easier to listen to your inner voice. / When me, my uncle, my sister and cousin were going to J walk and we all changed our mind. I learned to listen to my intuition. / I decided to listen to my parents when they said I couldn’t go outside. To listen to your intuition because if you don’t there will be consequences. / I was running when the side walk was wet and fell. To listen to my mom. / When I was going to my friend’s house and she lived across the street and I was on my penny board I was moving it back and forth and a car came. I knew I should have stopped but didn’t and my penny board went loose and almost broke. That I should be more careful with everything I do. / When I was about to cross the road but my intuition told me to not. I learned to look at each side. / I didn’t listen to my inner voice when I knew I wasn’t supposed to leave my house but I left anyways. One time when I did listen to my intuition was when I knew I shouldn’t of. I learned that it is easier to listen to my intuition because I didn’t do the wrong things when I listened to it. / I walked from the school to Rigas and I told my grandma that someone picked me up and took me. Not to lie. / I most of the time do not listen to my intuition because I think it is wrong all the time. / I tried to cross the street but I kept telling myself not to. Better listen to yourself. / I listen to it most of the time and it feels like I am sharing a brain. It is when I go with others somewhere without permission it tells me it is wrong and consequences will appear. That when I do something, that little voice will always be there to ensure my actions and rethink something twice.


Funded By: NEA/Halle Location: Estrella Vista Elementary %Male 39

%Female 61

Date: February 21-24, 2017

Ages 11-12

Do you think others (Kids my age, older & younger, Adults) have the same Fear as I do? Pre %YES 77 %NO 15 %Other 8 Post %YES 100 %NO 0 %Other 0 Rate this statement: You feel comfortable speaking in front of others. Pre % Not at all 23 % Sometimes 61 % All the Time 8 % No answer 8 Post % Not at all 12 % Sometimes 47 % All the Time 41 % No answer 0 Rate this statement: I believe I can make my hopes and/or dreams come true. Pre % Not at all 0 % Sometimes 54 % All the Time 46 Post % Not at all 0 % Sometimes 35 % All the Time 65 Rate this statement: I respect my own decisions even when dealing with peer pressure. Pre % Not at all 8 % Sometimes 77 % All the Time 15 Post % Not at all 6 % Sometimes 35 % All the Time 59 Complete this statement: I am trustworthy and see myself as a Follower. Equal, Leader Pre % Follower 0 % Equal 61 % Leader 39 Post % Follower 0 % Equal 35 % Leader 65 Have you ever been bullied? % Yes 54 % No 46 % No Answer 0 Have you ever seen someone being bullied? % Yes 69 % No 31 % No Answer 0 Did you do anything? % Yes 39 % No 46

% No Answer 15

Did you learn something in the workshop that will help you deal with bullying? Post % Yes 94 % No 6 % No Answer 0 Thoughts Shared: Be understanding of their position. / To still be me even when they don't like me. / Inner voice guides you. / Teamwork would help a lot. / Be respectable. / Just walk away. / To stop it before someone gets hurt. / Walk away and don't react. / Stop the bullying by stepping back. / I learned to step back when the bully is in my face. / To stand up and believe in myself. / I learned how to find my own voice. / I can stand up and talk to someone.


After attending the character education workshop and learning about compassion, if you saw someone being bullied, would you do something? Post % Yes 94 % No 6 % No Answer 0 Thoughts Shared: It gave me a better understanding about how they feel. / I would help them because they helped me see no matter what help those in need. / I have been in such a situation. / I would tell a teacher or back them up because no one should be treated that way. / Confront them. / I will always help someone. / I would tell the bully to stop. / Help them walk away and get through it. / Stand up for them. / I would go and help out the kid that's being bullied. / Help them and go with him to a teacher. / I will stand up. / I would tell the teachers and help the kid that is getting bullied. / I know how it is to be bullied. / It is not fun or cool. Did you learn any skills, such as respect or responsibility, to help you make your own decisions not based on Peer Pressure? Post % Yes 100 % No 0 % No Answer 0 Thoughts Shared: What other people say doesn't matter. / I learned to listen to my inner voice. / Inner voice helps. / I could believe in myself. / Make my decisions on my inner voice. / I learned to have more responsibility on my own decisions. / I learned to trust my intuition. / Responsibility. / To respect others. / I will think for myself and believe. / To be independent. / To have respect for everyone. What do you think about color? What % gave more thought and shared them about color. Pre 39% Post 94% Thoughts Shared: Pre: Color seems very interesting and how it functions. / Drawing. / I think color is sort of like potential. I sometimes think about color. / I want to be a photographer so I think about what the way things should look like. / I actually have never since I see it all the time. / I think color is something beautiful and unique. Post: It is all equal that if you want to you will still go with it. / It is amazing. / Color is seen differently depending on the power or personality you give it. / It expresses yourself. / Color describes everything. / I think each color is special and they all represent something. / What color is now is a way to express. / I think the same about color. / Color means something. / Color can make everything seem brighter eve if it is a color you don't like. / Color represents different things because they are different. / Color is very unique and important. My most important hope or dream is. . . What % gave more thought to their Dreams becoming reality. Pre 69% Post 100% Thoughts Shared: Pre: To become a Veterinarian and/or at least go to college. / To have a nice life in the future as a doctor. / To make America good and that there is no more bullies. / To make everyone happy in the world. / I dream of being a great person. / To make my parents proud of me and follow what I want to be as a job. / To be a photographer and have my own business. / Stop acting super shy in front of my friends. / To be an idol to others. Post: Helping as many people as I can. / To be a game designer. / To live with my family. / To become a chef in Paris France. / Pro soccer player. / To be successful and happy. / To go to Yale. / Become a surgeon and have someone I can call my husband. / Become someone important. / Become a pilot. / Go to college and get an education. / To have a great time with everyone. / Go to college and be successful. / Become a singer and finish school. / To get an amazing job and have a family. / Help people.


One thing I learned in workshop that will help me reach my dream is: Post 94% discovered something new in the workshop. Thoughts Shared: I won’t doubt myself anymore. / How to be a leader. / Is trusting and knowing I can do something like go to USA. / To draw a picture of me as a chef because it makes me want to keep trying. / Be confident. / Don’t be afraid to speak or to be different. / Don’t stop no matter what. / I need to listen to my inner voice. / I learned confidence. / To overcome my fears. / Listen to your intuition. / To never quit. / Visualization. / To never give up and there will be many things in my way that I can overcome. / To be responsible to reach my goals or dreams. / Is to respect others. Coming into the workshop, which Character Count did you want to improve or work on to help you? How did the workshop help you improve it? Post 82% discovered something new in the workshop to improve: Thoughts Shared: The 6 pillars. / I really care about what people think about me. / I need people and friends in my life like all the time. / I can make friends alone. / I am capable of doing more than I dream. / I am a leader. / I found out I am not shy. / I learned more about how I could become a better leader. / I have a lot of fears. / I have really good ideas. / I can be myself and don’t have to be someone else. / I am kind to others. / I don’t like talking about my feelings. What did you learn New in the workshop about a classmate or friend? Post 82% discovered something new about classmates or friends in the workshop Thoughts Shared: Lots of people have the same fears as me. / That we all have insecurities. / They all have similar fears like I do. / Respect for others. / That they want to be a nurse or a doctor. / That Luis Ramirez is a distant cousin of mine. / They are caring and nice. / They are weird. / I share fears with my fellow peers. / We all have the same fears. / Some of my friends don’t trust cops. / Other people go through family problems. / I am not going through this alone. / They all have dreams and fears like me.

Inspiring & empowering kids with the tools to make better life choices. . .

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Thanks to NEA in conjunction with The Diane and Bruce Halle Foundation, 18 young lives from Florence Crittenton experienced their Possibilities. This workshop took place on March 13-15, 2018 #12 of 18 Opening up possibilities for the young minds of Arizona’s youth for a brighter tomorrow.© “Bridging Possibility” workshops. Through stories, activities and artwork, Release the Fear’s Workshops will help students to: • Draw One’s Fears and Awaken Hopes and Dreams • Stimulate Creative Listening and Communication • Bridge Understanding • Discuss How Color Affects Us and Our Environment Senses • Heighten Visual Awareness of Our Environment • Turn Pain into Possibilities into Purpose. The students are divided into groups or teams that they remain with throughout the workshop. In their small group, the students may be asked to complete an activity, to share responses, or to reflect on an exercise. Often times these groups can have students with different beliefs, various backgrounds, and even opposing gang affiliations. The workshop will end with a group created painting to be displayed for the public. Participant Responses Participants are asked to reflect on several of the activities and then share with the group. These responses are written in their words without edit. The following responses are from the students who range in ages from 11-17. How do you think this activity could help you in your daily life (In School, Out of School, or In Your Career)? Who am I?: Creative thinking. Think about your world. Think before you act. Before you talk, think / Trustworthy. Trusted to attend classes. Being trusted to speak up. When being in any type of relationship / Public speaking. Presentations. It helps you stand up to your bully or someone else’s bully with confidence. Business presentations / Following directions. So that you don’t mess up a project. So that the bulling does not start. Prevent one from getting into trouble. Mirror work: Look at Yourself in the eyes (ONLY) and tell yourself that you love or like yourself just the way you are: I look ugly but my love bug thinks I look beautiful / Like I was lying / Great / Ok I guess I don’t really like myself so… / I feel more positive to myself / Happy, weird, silly / Good I guess / A little awkward, like I am lying to myself / I could not look myself in the eyes / I feel true to myself, I feel positive / I don’t like myself / Good about myself / Awkward / I do not have feelings / I feel confident and fearless / I do not know. Hero: My handsome love bug / My best friend / Myself. I am me unique / Mom, dad, sister and brother. They adopted me when I was 16 months old / My mom. She plays a big role in my life. Strong, big hearted, caring, thoughtful, always by my side / My sister. We experienced the same thing and she got it together so I know I could do it / A staff at my old facility. Every time I was in a crisis she put her own job in jeopardy to make sure I was okay. She is like a mom I have never had / The man upstairs. I know he loves me more than anybody / My best friend Bek. She has been by my side since the day we met. Caring, funny, responsible, trustworthy, and strong. They are the most valuable person in my life / My mom. She loves and takes care of me. She is strong, loving, caring, beautiful / Kat H. My mom is an amazing person and I hope I can be half the person she is 1 day / Katniss Everdeen. I want to be brave and bold like her / Harry Quin. She isn’t afraid to be herself.


Creative Storytelling: Public speaking. Learned how to speak. Getting your opinion out. Teaching you how to use your words / Teamwork. When working on a project. Tag team against the bully. HLB / Teamwork. Group projects, sports. People get together to stand up for others. Business and family / Bravery, public speaking-ties together. Presentations. Stand up to bullies. Can use public speaking for groups like this one. Reflective Take Away Assignment: Self-esteem. Talking positively. I won’t be downing myself. Leads to no self-harm / Honesty. To do your work. Be honest with yourself and others. Be honest with yourself / Honesty. Honest about work you do. Honest to yourself so you ask yourself do I want to do this. Honest to those around you for healthier relationships / Confidence. Think positive, won’t have stage fright, helps drown out negative thoughts about self. Have the confidence to not believe the lies and stand against the bullying. Motivate yourself to think positive. Through the Hoops: Skills or Tools Learned: Teamwork. Helping each other in school work. Being able to stand up for a friend or peer. You will be able to help people in life with their issues / Encourage others. To do the right things. To stand up to people. Encourage yourself to keep going / Trust. Trusting the people around you to keep you safe. Trust others to stand up for you. Trusting those around you / Conquering struggles. Tutors are available, acing a test you failed before. Standing up for yourself. Be able to stand up against it and ignoring. Overcome obstacles in a tough situation. Describe a time when you had an experience that you perceived (thought/saw) as negative, but through time or something you did, you perceived (thought/saw) as a positive: When I came to Flo Crit at first. Then I got the help I need / Coming to Flo Crit / When I got taken by DCS. At first I saw it as a negative thing and then I saw it as a positive thing / When I went to St Lukes / I felt like crap now I feel okay / Moving a lot feels horrible thinking about how I do not know anybody. But then it was fun and awesome / New school. At first I was scared then people welcomed me. So I made new friends / At first I was depressed and sad, but when I met Austin my change took place after we started going out / When I was born my birth mom was doing drugs and I got taken away from her and put in my dad’s custody. When I turned 9 months old my dad started doing drugs and so I got pulled from him. The good part at the ending I got adopted when I was 9 months old / I moved to Flagstaff with my bio dad and step mom and something tragic happened in my family so I came here with my adopted parents and I am kind of seeing my family and not my bio family. Seeing Beyond: Skills or Tools Learned: Touch and feeling. It will apply in all subjects because you will be able to know what’s wrong in touch for feelings you will be able to know what you did wrong and you will be to control the bad feelings. Tell apply in life by knowing how to control and touch / Communication. Seeing beyond what their simply but how they feel and may have forgot to include. Teamwork and relationships / Teamwork. Math, because teamwork is useful for those who don’t understand. Team works applies in life because without help, we would struggle / Communication. Have to be able to talk to teachers to understand lessons, all subjects. Have to be able to effectively talk to people to work through disagreements to set boundaries and have healthy relationships. Reflective Take Away Assignment: Team work. You use groups in school so you could use if in those groups. Getting along with people and getting to know people / Patience. It takes time to graduate and to get good grades. Good things in life take time / Patience. Staying calm with peers and teachers. Patience is a coping skill / Perseverance. Continue to work through projects, assignments, lessons no matter how hard it gets. Keep going not give up even when it gets hard.


Drawing one’s Fears, Hopes and Dreams and Sharing: Overcoming fears. Once you overcome your fear you will be able to do thing in life and you will be happy only if you try your hardest. It will help with bullying because once you overcome your fear of bullies you won’t have to deal with hardships in life. Sticking up for yourself and others. You will be strong and independent / Expression and understanding self. Self-confidence. Stand up for self / Not alone. People can relate to you. People help, being on your side. You have family and friends so you are definitely not alone / Not alone. Making friends, joining after school programs. You have people to lift you up. Have people to lean on during hard times. Skills and Tools learned: You are not alone. You have some of the same wants as other people. Know that you or we are going thru the same thing. Know that you are not by yourself and you have someone by your side going throw what you are going through / Self-worth. When people try to bring you down you rise up. Rise up to people against you. No matter what you matter to someone / Self-worth. Encourage one to continue school and not drop out. If you know that you matter, the other person matters as well. Helps with confidence and encourage you to be the best that you can be / Self-worth. Do better because you will see potential and dedicate yourself. Show other people their self-worth because you were able to find yours. Accomplish goals. What did you learn New in the workshop about a classmate or friend? Post 71% discovered something new about classmates or friends in the workshop Thoughts Shared: They are like me / They are beautiful / Some have the same fear as me / We are not alone / Teamwork / We all have fears / They have things in common with each other / We had respect and team work / Their personalities / Believe you can do better / That we could be similar / Common struggles.

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Funded By: NEA/Halle Location: Florence Crittenton %Male 21

%Female 79

Date: March 13-15, 2018 Ages 11-17

Do you think others (Kids my age, older & younger, Adults) have the same Fear as I do? Pre %YES 75 %NO 25 %Other 0 Post %YES 88 %NO 12 %Other 0 Rate this statement: You feel comfortable speaking in front of others. Pre % Not at all 21 % Sometimes 46 % All the Time 33 Post % Not at all 29 % Sometimes 29 % All the Time 42 Rate this statement: I believe I can make my hopes and/or dreams come true. Pre % Not at all 8 % Sometimes 58 % All the Time 37 Post % Not at all 12 % Sometimes 53 % All the Time 35 Rate this statement: I respect my own decisions even when dealing with peer pressure. Pre % Not at all 4 % Sometimes 54 % All the Time 42 Post % Not at all 18 % Sometimes 65 % All the Time 18 Complete this statement: I am trustworthy and see myself as a __. Follower, Equal, Leader Pre % Follower 0 % Equal 46 % Leader 50 Post % Follower 18 % Equal 53 % Leader 29 Have you ever been bullied? % Yes 83 % No 8 % No Answer 9 Have you ever seen someone being bullied? % Yes 96 % No 0 % No Answer 4 Did you do anything? % Yes 67 % No 16

% No Answer 17

Did you learn something in the workshop that will help you deal with bullying? Post % Yes 59 % No 35 % No Answer 0 Thoughts Shared: Stand up for what is right / Patient / Everyone has some kind of similarity / Overcoming your fears / I am no alone / No matter what I am not alone / Teamwork. After attending the character education workshop and learning about compassion, if you saw someone being bullied, would you do something? Post % Yes 88 % No 0 % No Answer 12 Thoughts Shared: I would stop the bully from hurting the person / I would tell an adult help them feel better / I will stand up for someone knowing someone will stand up for me / I hate seeing younger people being bullied / They deserve to be happy / Tell a teacher or someone higher / I would standup. Did you learn any skills, such as respect or responsibility, to help you make your own decisions not based on Peer Pressure? Post % Yes 59 % No 29 % No Answer 12


Thoughts Shared: Other opinions don’t matter / So I can be better / Trusting my decisions / I learned to respect instead of speaking out / Yes because of my coping skills / Respect is helpful in your future. Which Character Count Trait would you most like the workshop to help you improve on? %Fairness Pre 17 %Responsibility Pre 17 %Citizenship Pre 21 Post: 18 Post: 24 Post: 6 %Trustworthiness Pre 25 %Caring Pre 13 %Respect Pre 29 Post:6 Post: 18 Post: 6 What is one thing you would do to make the world a better place? Thoughts shared: Help those in need / Help under privileged kids / Staying at church / No more hate / Stop “labels” and a whole lot more things / Stand strong / I would take everyone’s pain so that they won’t have to walk around with a broken heart for shattered heart / Help end world hunger / To give back / Help others in need / Stop bulling, stop negative people / Stop drugs / Help each other more / Become a vet / Open a group home for kids in the system that are on probation / Acceptance / Respect and support the rainbow, LGBT / Help people not commit suicide / Help people / Happiness. What do you think about color? What % gave more thought and shared them about color. Pre 75% Post 82% Thoughts shared: Pre: Makes everything stand out like a good day / Rainbow / Love like a red heart / I think of black and white / It is a color just a color not a label / The color is pretty / I like rainbows / Markers / Rainbow / I like black / That color is bright / Color is unique / It is ok / Colors are just colors not labels / I think any color is beautiful / All races are equal or should be at least / It carries feelings / Rainbow. Post: It is a sign of life now / It is okay / Colors have different meaning to other people / They have meaning / Shows the meaning in life, all colors have a labeled emotion / It is beautiful / It is ok / Expressing your feelings / It is ok to express / Colors mean something / Amazing / Are mood / Color is unique / It is an expression. My most important hope or dream is. . . What % gave more thought to their Dreams becoming reality. Pre 79% Post 94% Thoughts Shared: Pre: To help people in need like the children that live in Africa / To finish school / Becoming an artist / Being successful / Help friends and future family / Get a support person and recover / To be the first female black football player in the NFL / Become a singer and be in the music industry / Being a stylist / To be a good man / CNA in Army / To be a banker and to volunteer to take care of pets / Go to college / Go to ASU / To become a singer in the music industry / To become a music therapist / To open the group home / Happiness / Have trust in people. Post: College (ASU) and become a lawyer / Help others / Being a football player in the NFL / A banker / To become an author / Finishing school / To be able to cook for others / Becoming a lawyer / To go to college / To go home / Finish high school / Life / Going home / Finish high school / Become an artist / Happiness. One thing I learned in workshop that will help me reach my dream is: Post 71% discovered something new in the workshop. Thoughts Shared: Never give me / Helping others / Try, try, try / Color and friends / Overcoming fears / Never give up / To ask for help / Being strong / Respect teamwork / Believe in yourself / Be myself / Tools. What did you learn New in the workshop about yourself, that you did not know before? Post 65% discovered something new in the workshop about yourself: Overcoming fears because I have trouble with it / I have hope / That others have some things in common to me / Caring with utilities / That I am a great person / I am capable of making my dreams come true / I am great.


Thanks to NEA in conjunction with The Diane and Bruce Halle Foundation, 11 young lives from SEF experienced their Possibilities. This workshop took place on March 13-15, 2018 #13 of 18 Opening up possibilities for the young minds of Arizona’s youth for a brighter tomorrow.© “Bridging Possibility” workshops. Through stories, activities and artwork, Release the Fear’s Workshops will help students to: • Draw One’s Fears and Awaken Hopes and Dreams • Stimulate Creative Listening and Communication • Bridge Understanding • Discuss How Color Affects Us and Our Environment Senses • Heighten Visual Awareness of Our Environment • Turn Pain into Possibilities into Purpose. The students are divided into groups or teams that they remain with throughout the workshop. In their small group, the students may be asked to complete an activity, to share responses, or to reflect on an exercise. Often times these groups can have students with different beliefs, various backgrounds, and even opposing gang affiliations. The workshop will end with a group created painting to be displayed for the public. Participant Responses Participants are asked to reflect on several of the activities and then share with the group. These responses are written in their words without edit. The following responses are from the students who range in ages from 14-17. How do you think this activity could help you in your daily life (In School, Out of School, or In Your Career)? Bridging Possibilities: Supplies, plans, optimism, creative thinking, talent, courage, new ideas, hard work, practice, help, and support. Who am I?: Similarities, relief, clear conscious, acceptance, responsibility – stepping up, difference, understanding open minded, honest, respectful, trustworthy, brave courage, go with the flow. Creative Storytelling: Expressiveness, bravery, respect, discipline, cooperation/teamwork, pillars of character, and confidence. Reflective Take Away Assignment: Eye contact, positive self talk, self affirmation, positive self esteem/respect, thinking positive. Responsibility, honesty, there’s a silver lining/ Turning a negative into a positive. Presentation: Eye contact, clear loud voice. Content. Mirror work: Look at Yourself in the eyes (ONLY) and tell yourself that you love or like yourself just the way you are: When I did it made me sad / It makes me feel alive / It makes me happy / It makes me feel like I know myself / Felt weird I guess. I don’t really have feelings like that, I feel numb / Weird / It felt pretty weird but then it felt good / Weird Mischievous / It made me feel uncomfortable and insecure for a while but after a couple of hours I was satisfied.


Hero: My mom / My dad, he is my family / I would say either Oprah Winfrey or Maya Angelou/ They have helped so many people in need and have saved, changed lives. Help the poor, write poems to inspire others / My mother and Rose. They taught me how to love and care for people instead of just myself / My parents are my hero. They taught me how to go to school and spell / He helps me when I am struggling looks after my mom / Beyoncé She is really trying to make a different in the world while trying to build her legacy / She talks to me and she makes me feel good / My mom. She raised me right even though I do bad / My father. He is there whatever the situation / Mom. I admit and look up to her. Reflective Take Away Assignment: Getting comfortable, being uncomfortable. Learn from the past. Trust your intuition. Think before you act. We all can remember a time when we did not listen to our Intuition or Inner Voice. We would like you to think of an example when you did follow your Intuition? What can you learn from this situation: It is about 2 months ago, how I am in here. To listen to my feelings / When me and my friends wanted to run away. Something told me no and I didn’t go. They got on a bus and it got into a crash. My best friend died in that accident. When God tells you something, go with it, listen to your intuition / Told myself not to steal the car but I did it anyways. Got caught the next month. Not to do it again / When my friends told me to smoke with them and I said no. Listen to yourself / My cousin took my aunties car in the middle of the night to go get donuts and got arrested. If people ask you a question in your sleep say no / Wanted to go to a party by lying to my mom but my intuition told me I was going to get caught up in the lie. To not put myself in that type of situation especially if I am going to lose my moms trust / When I was with my brothers and someone tried to fight us. Just let it go / My homie was acting up with the other homie and didn’t want to chill with him. So I didn’t chill with him and the girls they ended getting pulled over that night. I would have got new charges and would have ended up here I had a warrant and always had bud on me. Do what is best. Somethings are meant to be.

Release the Fear, Inc. TM

PO Box 3815 Phoenix, AZ 85030 www.releasethefear.org


Funded By: NEA/Halle Location: SEF %Male 83

Date: March 13-15, 2018

%Female 17

Ages 14-17

Do you think others (Kids my age, older & younger, Adults) have the same Fear as I do? Pre %YES 50 %NO 42 %Other 8 Post %YES 71 %NO 29 %Other 0 Rate this statement: You feel comfortable speaking in front of others. Pre % Not at all 8 % Sometimes 75 % All the Time 17 Post % Not at all 15 % Sometimes 28 % All the Time 57 Rate this statement: I believe I can make my hopes and/or dreams come true. Pre % Not at all 0 % Sometimes 50 % All the Time 50 Post % Not at all 0 % Sometimes 15 % All the Time 85 Rate this statement: I respect my own decisions even when dealing with peer pressure. Pre % Not at all 25 % Sometimes 33 % All the Time 25 %No Answer 17 Post % Not at all 28 % Sometimes 0 % All the Time 71 %No Answer 0 Complete this statement: I am trustworthy and see myself as a __. Follower, Equal, Leader Pre % Follower 8 % Equal 50 % Leader 42 Post % Follower 0 % Equal 57 % Leader 43 Have you ever been bullied? % Yes 42 % No 52 % No Answer 6 Have you ever seen someone being bullied? % Yes 92 % No 8 % No Answer 0 Did you do anything? % Yes 42 % No 25

% No Answer 33

Did you learn something in the workshop that will help you deal with bullying? Post % Yes 100 % No 0 % No Answer 0 Thoughts Shared: Optimism / Not to bully people / Respect / Best way to handle it is to see the big picture and get help from adult / How to help myself. After attending the character education workshop and learning about compassion, if you saw someone being bullied, would you do something? Post % Yes 85 % No 15 % No Answer 0 Thoughts Shared: To make a difference / If you see someone being bullied / Work both sides / It is not right to get treated wrong for no reason / I would help change their lives. Did you learn any skills, such as respect or responsibility, to help you make your own decisions not based on Peer Pressure? Post % Yes 85 % No 15 % No Answer 0


Thoughts Shared: Thinking / Decision and respect / Trust your guts / Life bites you hard but you have to bite harder. Which Character Count Trait would you most like the workshop to help you improve on? %Fairness Pre 0 %Responsibility Pre 33 %Citizenship Pre 0 Post: 28 Post: 43 Post: 15 %Trustworthiness Pre 8 %Caring Pre 8 %Respect Pre 42 Post:15 Post: 28 Post: 43 What is one thing you would do to make the world a better place? Thoughts shared: Take out bullying / Change society / Helping children with trauma / Feed the homeless / Better economic system / Donate money to help the homeless / Go to school / No gangs / A lot of things / Good things. What do you think about color? What % gave more thought and shared them about color. Pre 50% Post 85% Thoughts shared: Pre: Blue / It is beautiful / It’s very mysterious thing to contemplate / My favorite is blue / Color expresses emotion / Cool. Post: It is beautiful / I learned color is for you. It helps you in life / Get comfortable being uncomfortable / It brings out the inner you / Color is something that people need to know about you / It is different but all the same. My most important hope or dream is. . . What % gave more thought to their Dreams becoming reality. Pre 75% Post 85% Thoughts Shared: Pre: No Juvenile / Help the homeless / To become a therapist / Make it to college / Make beats and start own record label / To have a full enjoyable life / Go to school / Everything successful / Being in the marines. Post: Help my family / Respect others and peers / Being a successful pilot in the marines / Be wealthy / Becoming a therapist / My kids. One thing I learned in workshop that will help me reach my dream is: Post 85% discovered something new in the workshop. Thoughts Shared: Be yourself / Make a place and see the big picture / Being you / Respecting others by help them reach their dream / Think different, keep faith / Don’t give up. What did you learn New in the workshop about yourself, that you did not know before? Post 85% discovered something new in the workshop about yourself: Thoughts Shared: I make it no matter what / To deal with some of life situations / To not feel alone / I can reach my dream / I am a diverse person / I care about something. What did you learn New in the workshop about a classmate or friend? Post 85% discovered something new about classmates or friends in the workshop Thoughts Shared: They respect and encourage me / We are going thru the same thing and why they get the way they are / Similarities / Was there favorite color / They have helpers like me / Different things.


Thanks to NEA in conjunction with The Diane and Bruce Halle Foundation, 8 young lives from Adobe Juvenile Facility experienced their Possibilities. This workshop took place on March 19-21, 2018 #14 of 18 Opening up possibilities for the young minds of Arizona’s youth for a brighter tomorrow.© “Bridging Possibility” workshops. Through stories, activities and artwork, Release the Fear’s Workshops will help students to: • Draw One’s Fears and Awaken Hopes and Dreams • Stimulate Creative Listening and Communication • Bridge Understanding • Discuss How Color Affects Us and Our Environment Senses • Heighten Visual Awareness of Our Environment • Turn Pain into Possibilities into Purpose. The students are divided into groups or teams that they remain with throughout the workshop. In their small group, the students may be asked to complete an activity, to share responses, or to reflect on an exercise. Often times these groups can have students with different beliefs, various backgrounds, and even opposing gang affiliations. The workshop will end with a group created painting to be displayed for the public. Participant Responses Participants are asked to reflect on several of the activities and then share with the group. These responses are written in their words without edit. The following responses are from the students who range in ages from 13-17. How do you think this activity could help you in your daily life (In School, Out of School, or In Your Career)? Who am I?: Honest. Doing work. Tell adult. Good life. / Similarities, trust. Trust your teachers. Respect others. Be honest with people so they will trust you. / Honesty, endurance, acceptance. Not cheating, keep working, be achieveful. Honestly get help, not fold, accept help. Honesty gets a fair, ignore obstacles, accept what you have to do. Creative Storytelling: Fairness. Help people when they need it. Always help people when they are getting bullied. / Respect. Every time I have a question, I raise my hand. Not talking over people on purpose. Give respect to earn respect. / Responsibility, respect, teamwork. Do work right, well like/known, finish big work, experiment. Try to help, respect yourself, to stop bully somehow to do something. To live the right, respect to get, get the job way, responsibly, good jobs and done quick. Mirror work: Look at Yourself in the eyes (ONLY) and tell yourself that you love or like yourself just the way you are: Good, happy. / I have to love myself before I love anyone else. / Sad, stressed. / Regular. Because I already know. / I love myself the way I am. It makes me feel proud. / I love myself for who I am. It makes me feel good. / This is no. / Good, faith, love. Hero: God. Because I’m because of him. / My Nana. She made my mom who made me. / My mom because she took care of me through the hard times. / God and my mom. Because they love and care a lot about me. / My dad. He teaches me and always supports me. My dad. He support me no matter if I’m right or wrong. / Spiderman. / Myself. I taught myself a lot.


Reflective Take Away Assignment: Courage. A test. To tell staff. Go places. Not get down. / Trust, honesty. Trust your teachers, be honest. Believe in yourself. Be honest. It will get you a long way. / Self-esteem, acceptance, responsibility. Not be scared or stage fright, to do what you need to accept, get work done and good grades. Not get pissed, accept your own opinion, to able to do you. Can make good things happen in life. Through the Hoops: Communication. Friends. Assist the situation. Talk. / Persistently. Keep going. Keep doing what you’re doing, don’t fall off. Never stop trying to reach your goal. / Teamwork. Seeing Beyond: Listening to staff when you don’t want. Doing stuff you don’t want. / Mindfulness, creativity. Listening to people, acting your own fears. Be creative, be mindful. / Mind’s eye, communication, creativity. Communicate good, do new things, use imagination. Bring new things in the world. Reflective Take Away Assignment: Mindfulness. Being mindful that people are talking. Communication, trustworthy, teamwork. Drawing one’s Fears, Hopes and Dreams and Sharing: Honesty. Be honest with what’s happening. Tell staff. Gave back someone’s wall if you see them drop it. / Respect, mindfulness. Pay attention. Being mindful that the bully is picking on you. Be respectful.

Release the Fear, Inc. TM

PO Box 3815 Phoenix, AZ 85030 www.releasethefear.org


Funded By: NEA/Halle Location: Adobe juvenile Facility %Male 100

%Female 0

Date: March 19-21, 2018

Ages 13-17

Do you think others (Kids my age, older & younger, Adults) have the same Fear as I do? Pre %YES 75 %NO 25 %Other 0 Post %YES 60 %NO 40 %Other 0 Rate this statement: You feel comfortable speaking in front of others. Pre % Not at all 25 % Sometimes 25 % All the Time 50 Post % Not at all 0 % Sometimes 40 % All the Time 60 Rate this statement: I believe I can make my hopes and/or dreams come true. Pre % Not at all 0 % Sometimes 0 % All the Time 100 Post % Not at all 0 % Sometimes 20 % All the Time 80 Rate this statement: I respect my own decisions even when dealing with peer pressure. Pre % Not at all 0 % Sometimes 38 % All the Time 62 Post % Not at all 0 % Sometimes 20 % All the Time 80 Complete this statement: I am trustworthy and see myself as a __. Follower, Equal, Leader Pre % Follower 0 % Equal 25 % Leader 75 Post % Follower 0 % Equal 20 % Leader 80 Have you ever been bullied? % Yes 12 % No 88 % No Answer 0 Have you ever seen someone being bullied? % Yes 88 % No 12 % No Answer 0 Did you do anything? % Yes 76 % No 12

% No Answer 12

Did you learn something in the workshop that will help you deal with bullying? Post % Yes 100 % No 0 % No Answer 0 Thoughts Shared: Respect it. / Listen to people but not get offended. After attending the character education workshop and learning about compassion, if you saw someone being bullied, would you do something? Post % Yes 40 % No 60 % No Answer 0 Thoughts Shared: We are in prison ain’t trying to get jumped. / I think it’s not ok to bully. / Not my business. Did you learn any skills, such as respect or responsibility, to help you make your own decisions not based on Peer Pressure? Post % Yes 80 % No 20 % No Answer 0 Thoughts Shared: Mindful. / Respect. / I knew already.


What do you think about color? What % gave more thought and shared them about color. Pre 88% Post 80% Thoughts shared: Pre: Expresses a lot. It could be races or emotions. / Color is a symbol of communication. / Nothing. / We are all equal. / Colors are powerful. / To let you see things. / Life. Post: The same. / Nothing. / It gives life. / Colors are very powerful. / It’s beautiful. What do you think Art can do for yourself or your community?: Pre 100% shared something Art can do. Thoughts Shared: Pre: Help people express themselves. / Tells people what’s going on. / Bring people together. / Get you money. / Help me with my bad habits. / Make some people communicate. / Help them let them see something new. / Not. Post: Work together. / To behave. / Be powerful. / Bring them together. My most important hope or dream is. . . What % gave more thought to their Dreams becoming reality. Pre 100% Post 100% Thoughts Shared: Pre: To become rich and famous within the music industry. / Working in fashion all my life and being an owner of my own company. / To have a family. / To have a lot of memes. / To make a lot of money. / To be an electric engineer. / To go to college, play sports. / Success. Post: Get money. / To run a business. / Working. / Music. One thing I learned in workshop that will help me reach my dream is: Post 88% discovered something new in the workshop. Thoughts Shared: Life. / I don’t know. / I have perspective. / Music and colors are very powerful. / Be happy. What did you learn New in the workshop about yourself, that you did not know before? Post 100% discovered something new in the workshop about yourself: Thoughts Shared: Need life. / To trust myself. / I see in perspective. / I work good with a team. / To feel good. What did you learn New in the workshop about a classmate or friend? Post 100% discovered something new about classmates or friends in the workshop Thoughts Shared: Love them. / Nothing. / They’re hard to work with. / We have similarities. / They like to paint.

Inspiring & empowering kids with the tools to make better life choices. . .

TM


Thanks to NEA in conjunction with The Diane and Bruce Halle Foundation, 20 young lives from Estrella Vista experienced their Possibilities. This workshop took place on March 21-23 2018 #15 of 18 Opening up possibilities for the young minds of Arizona’s youth for a brighter tomorrow.© “Bridging Possibility” workshops. Through stories, activities and artwork, Release the Fear’s Workshops will help students to: • Draw One’s Fears and Awaken Hopes and Dreams • Stimulate Creative Listening and Communication • Bridge Understanding • Discuss How Color Affects Us and Our Environment Senses • Heighten Visual Awareness of Our Environment • Turn Pain into Possibilities into Purpose. The students are divided into groups or teams that they remain with throughout the workshop. In their small group, the students may be asked to complete an activity, to share responses, or to reflect on an exercise. Often times these groups can have students with different beliefs, various backgrounds, and even opposing gang affiliations. The workshop will end with a group created painting to be displayed for the public. Participant Response Participants are asked to reflect on several of the activities and then share with the group. These responses are written in their words without edit. The following responses are from the students who range in ages from 11-14. How do you think this activity could help you in your daily life (In School, Out of School, or In Your Career)? Who am I? : Communication. Answers? Speak up. Make friends, ask for food. / Express yourself, bravery, communication. Expressing yourself gives a chance to make friends. Communication helps to stop the problem. Bravery gives a chance to conquer your fears. / Bravery. Stand up if you’re getting bullied. Stand up for someone else getting bullied. Helps you in obstacles. / I am good listener. If you listen, you learn more. You can work things out with them. You can help people with their problems if you listen to them. Creative Storytelling: Make friends. You’re not a loner. They can back you up. Can go places to get food with them. Mirror work: Look at Yourself in the eyes (ONLY) and tell yourself that you love or like yourself just the way you are: It makes me feel like I am important and special. / Mendacious, disconsolate, despondent, and aspiration. / It felt weird. I feel like I’m lying to myself. / Good. / I really didn’t feel anything. It’s the same old same old me. / This makes me feel good but strange because people might think I’m crazy if I talk to myself. / Awesome, cool, respected. / Happy special, weird, important. / It makes me feel more like I ‘m lying to myself. / Good it makes me feel good because I love myself. / It makes me feel more like a person that is funny and happy. / It makes me feel like I’m lying to myself because I do not like or love myself. / It made me feel weird and special. / This makes me feel weird but good. / I didn’t feel anything at the moment but later I was in a good mood.


Hero: Food they keep me alive. They are my hero because they keep me alive every day. / My mom is my hero because she’s always there. They buy my food. / My parents. They’re important because I care for them. / The creator of doughnuts because they are my favorite food. / I think Martin Luther King, Jr. is important because he couldn’t have done what he did, racism would be at its finest points. / My dad is my hero. I think he’s important because he’s a hard worker who never gives up especially when he started a business. / Logic. They rap. / I think Batman is important because he fights crime but doesn’t kill just finds justice. / My dad because he keeps a roof over my head and feeds me. / My hero is a place in my mind that sooths me and calms me. / Tyler Joseph. Their music inspires me to keep moving forward. / My hero is Dwayne Wade because he really inspires me to do better and not give up. I think he is important because he could teach others to follow their dreams and never give up. / My hero is my parents because they are always there for me and I’m glad that they had me. / Neymar J. He is my favorite soccer player and I want to be a soccer player when I’m older. / Emma Gonzales. They are important because they are trying to create change in the world. / My mom. She raised me, teaching me how to cook and how to deal with people picking on me for my height. / My hero is my dad because he helped my country he also helps my family by working to earn us money. Of course my mom earns us money too and I love them both but my dad would remain my hero. / Nat Turner. Gracee Warnell. Hannibal Lector. He killed white men and set slaves free. She’s a beautiful woman who knows how to jerk. He taught people to be afraid of the dark. Reflective Take Away Assignment: Creativity. To use while writing a story. Use creativity to figure out a way out of things. Use it in jobs. / My heart and love. You can share your feelings. You can tell people that you don’t want to do that. Tell your parents that you love them a lot. / Creativity. You would be able to think outside the box. Going at the situation a different way. You’d be able to create your own path and do your own thing. / Honesty, brain, love. You use honesty when choosing a step. You can be honest in your feelings. It helps you keep a more positive mindset. Through the Hoops: Skills or Tools Learned: Teamwork. Work with peers to help with grades. Work with others. If you work with the people in your life, you’ll be successful. / Cooperation. You have to be able to actually work through the problem. Resolving the problem with the person bullying and bullied. You have to work with others even if you don’t like them. / Motivation. Because teachers motivate you to learn. Motivate bullies not to bully. Motivate others to do better. / Teamwork. When you need help or group projects or sports. A group of people can help defeat a bully. You can use teamwork at your job. Reflective Take Away Assignment: Optimism. The school day ends. This can apply by being more positive in certain situations. / Strategy. In math you use strategy to solve problems. You can use strategy to solve life crisis. / Strategy. You can use it to strategize a project. You can strategize what you’re going to do in life. / Kindness. Apply in school by helping each other in different activities. Being kind to others will help you make friends who are kind to you. Describe a time when you had an experience that you perceived (thought/saw) as negative, but through time or something you did, you perceived (thought/saw) the experience as a positive: A time I saw a negative was when I had an argument with a friend then I made it positive by apologizing. / One of my dogs died but I was lucky I still had my pit bull. / One time my dad said I wasn’t going to have a birthday party but I had one. / I got into a fight and I got in trouble but I was rewarded by my parents for standing up for myself. / One time was when I was finding my sexuality at first I thought being bi-sexual would be bad because of everything going on but I found out that it was okay to feel that way. / The beginning it sucked because I got pushed into a chair but it changed when she came to say sorry and got into trouble. / When I tried out for soccer and I was on the team. / At first I was amazed like wow but after I has still like OMG. / When I lost in football but then I was happy when I won the next month. / My mom took me to a carnival I didn’t want to go but it was really fun. / When failing a test


you think negatively about yourself and the subject. Then it teaches you that you need to try more and study. Although you fail you try harder than before. / I thought that losing was a bad thing but in the end it taught me a lot of good things like new breaks. It taught me sportsmanship. /When my friend said I was ugly and I felt sad then he said it was a joke. / When my dog died it was sad but he was in a better place. / Last year I thought some people were being rude to me but later I realized they were just sarcastically joking. / I saw today’s experience as difficult or negative so when I settled in it became more positive. / One time I had seen someone getting bullied. The person that was just started hurting the kid. So then I decided to do is go stop the bully and push him back a little and help the kid up. I asked him if he’s okay and he said no. I ended up having to take him to the nurse. Since then we’ve been friends. Seeing Beyond: Skills or Tools Learned: Imagination. When you read. When you have imagination you can get money for making things. / Imagination. In science you use it in projects. You have to imagine your future. / Imagination. Art because you use your imagination in drawing and how something looks like. You can imagine yourself in the future and imagine mythical creatures like unicorns and dragons. / Prior knowledge. Tests in every class because you use your history to answer the question. Applying for a job. Drawing one’s Fears, Hopes and Dreams and Sharing: Honesty. Taking responsibility for your actions. Telling an adult the truth. Job interview or job. / Knowledge. Brain. You have to learn how to read and write in life. You can finally think and tell the bully to stop. Think of good skills. / Knowledge. You can get smarter. You can be smart and defeat him. You can get a job and graduate college. / Honesty. This applies in school by maker day. If you’re honest rumors won’t go around. If you are honest people will trust you more. Yes/No: Skills or Tools Learned: Honesty. If you are honest, then you can learn more. Keeping honest can keep bullies, rumors etc. When you’re honest people trust you more in life. / Honesty. Vulnerability. About your grade. Expressing yourself. Tell someone. Being honest to get an education and a job. / Self-discovery. Discover things that you did not know about yourself. Stand up and help. Maybe you can tell your parents that you love food. / Similarities with others. Making friends. You know what they are going through. Getting help from others when needed.

Release the Fear, Inc. TM

PO Box 3815 Phoenix, AZ 85030 www.releasethefear.org


Funded By: NEA/Halle Location: Estrella Vista %Male 50

Date: March 21-23, 2018

%Female 50

Ages 11-14

Do you think others (Kids my age, older & younger, Adults) have the same Fear as I do? Pre %YES 90 %NO 10 %Other 0 Post %YES 82 %NO 18 %Other 0 Rate this statement: You feel comfortable speaking in front of others. Pre % Not at all 5 % Sometimes 85 % All the Time 10 Post % Not at all 6 % Sometimes 82 % All the Time 12 Rate this statement: I believe I can make my hopes and/or dreams come true. Pre % Not at all 0 % Sometimes 65 % All the Time 35 Post % Not at all 0 % Sometimes 4 % All the Time 53 Rate this statement: I respect my own decisions even when dealing with peer pressure. Pre % Not at all 0 % Sometimes 60 % All the Time 40 Post % Not at all 0 % Sometimes 35 % All the Time 65 Complete this statement: I am trustworthy and see myself as a __. Follower, Equal, Leader Pre % Follower 5 % Equal 40 % Leader 55 Post % Follower 0 % Equal 24 % Leader 76 Have you ever been bullied? % Yes 55 % No 45 % No Answer 0 Have you ever seen someone being bullied? % Yes 50 % No 50 % No Answer 0 Did you do anything? % Yes 45 % No 35

% No Answer 20

Did you learn something in the workshop that will help you deal with bullying? Post % Yes 94 % No 6 % No Answer 0 Thoughts Shared: Listening to tips, etc. / I learned that I can speak up. / Yes even though I stop bullying from happening I still would say like to do more than I do. / I feel I can deal by using words. / Talk to the bully. / Yes because we did a lot of teamwork. / Tell an adult and outsmart the bully. / I don’t understand how honesty will help if someone is bullying. / That we could talk to somebody instead of ignoring. / Yes because we know to stand up. / Because I learned how to stick up for people. / I learned what is right. After attending the character education workshop and learning about compassion, if you saw someone being bullied, would you do something? Post % Yes 100 % No 0 % No Answer 0 Thoughts Shared: Everyone should get help. / Yes because the problem would be as big. / I would try to help them and tell an adult. / I would help. / Yes because no one deserves to get hurt. / I hate bullying so I would help the person. / I would help the kid out. / Yes because it is always bad to bully. / I would tell the teacher and help the person. / To save a life. / The bully might have the same fear. / I would help them. / Because I would feel sad and help the person.


Did you learn any skills, such as respect or responsibility, to help you make your own decisions not based on Peer Pressure? Post % Yes 96 % No 6 % No Answer 0 Thoughts Shared: I learned to be responsible. / Respect your decision. / I don’t have to do what people say at any time. / To work together. / Yes I did because I shouldn’t have to follow what my friends are doing. / Talk to someone. / I’m not sure about it. / I was pressured a little but I respect my own decisions. / Things don’t make sense. / The rules helped. / Because I learned how to be quiet. / Yes I feel just a little bit better of opening up. Which Character Count Trait would you most like the workshop to help you improve on? %Fairness Pre 0 %Responsibility Pre 0 %Citizenship Pre 0 Post: 35 Post: 29 Post: 41 %Trustworthiness Pre 0 % %Caring Pre 0 %Respect Pre 0 Post: 59 Post: 47 Post 29 What do you think Art can do for yourself or your community? I think it can help to see what you express. / It can help people come closer with each other and make people’s day better. / Brighton’s people’s day. / Give it make good. / Brighton’s people’s day. / It can bring people together. / Talk. / It can express other things and show someone’s emotions. / It expresses your feelings or by doing art you can express yourself. / It can help see something in a different way. / Change the way people act. / I think it will help see people differently. / I think art can bring the community together. / Art has power to express anything so it can spread awareness. / Helps you feel good. / It can tell what you feel without saying anything. / Art gives me a chance to create something of my own and I have control. / Art can open minds and can be a way of expression. / Art can help create a message and people would enjoy listening to it. What do you think about color? What % gave more thought and shared them about color. Pre 70% Post 94% Thoughts shared: Pre: Yes. / I think about skin color because of the news and nobody should be judged because of their skin. / I think color is beautiful and scary at the same time. / I feel like color is a way of expressing emotion in some way. / It helps tell what you feel, for example blue means you’re sad and red means you’re mad. / How I feel things. / Color is beautiful when used in a right way. / I think color is an easy way to sort things out. / I think color is beautiful. / Skin color. / I think about rainbow colors and different colors. / The first thing that comes to mind is how a color expresses your feelings. / When I think of color I think about red, orange, etc. / I think color is a way to express how you feel. Post: That brown still sucks. / Yellow because it represents I’m happy. /That it is all the same and that they are all nice. / You can make a difference with creativity. / I think about caring. / Color can be your personality. / Color says something about you. / Color could represent a lot. / Color separates people. / I learned that color is everywhere. / Color is able to express emotions. / Color has different meanings. / For friendship. / It is fun and good to use. / It is unimaginable. / Color can bring people together. My most important hope or dream is. . . What % gave more thought to their Dreams becoming reality. Pre 90% Post 100%


Thoughts Shared: Pre: My dream is to be successful in life. / Going through school and getting a job. / My most important dream is to go to an out of state college. / Work for Google. / I want to be a soccer player. / I want to be a doctor. / To become an automotive engineer. / To become a professional baseball player. / To go to college and get a job earn money and help my parents. / That I can become a good person and can get over my fear of talking to people. / Going to the military. / Be a doctor. / My most important dream for the future is to be someone that’s noticed and respected. / My hopes and dreams for my future is to travel around the world. / To have a good job and a good life. / To be a successful person. / My dream for the future is to have a nice house, a family, and my dream job. / It is to become a surgeon or something in the doctor line. Post: Get a loving person in my life. / Being a cop. / Becoming a professional baseball player. / Get a four year scholarship to a good college. / To go to college and help my parent with anything. / Have a good life. / Is to be in the Air Force to make my grandpa proud. / Is to have a great future. / Seeing my sister and becoming successful. / Is to eat food. / My dream is to be in the medical field. / Not dying alone. / Going to the Marine Corp. / Become an automotive engineer. / To be in the NFL. / Going to college. / Becoming a robotics engineer. One thing I learned in workshop that will help me reach my dream is: Post 100% discovered something new in the workshop. Thoughts Shared: Is to believe in myself. / I am all of these. / Brain knowledge. / Socialize. / Honesty. / Trust people more often. / Trustworthiness. / To be kind and honest. / Work with others. / To believe and try hard. / Keep working hard. / That I will start to actually make changes and use my voice. / Work with people even if you don’t like them. / Look at the bright side. Confidence. / Don’t care what people think. / Is to never give up for what gets in my way. /Respect others and be more social. What did you learn New in the workshop about yourself, that you did not know before? Post 88% discovered something new in the workshop about yourself: Thoughts Shared: Who I really am. / I can trust some people. / That I can be confident while speaking in front of people. / I’m capable making more friends than I thought. / I can make friends easily. / That I present pretty well. / I’m more stubborn and not open to skills and tools. / Respect others. / I learned that I could actually have a reason for the way I am. / People have tees and fun. / To talk to people. / I am all these. / I will never give up. / I am respected. / I knew things already. What did you learn New in the workshop about a classmate or friend? Post 100% discovered something new about classmates or friends in the workshop Thoughts Shared: I learned that they deal with similar things. / Not everyone is perfect. / To trust them. / I learned my classmate’s fears and I learned that theirs are different. / Sarisa doesn’t like presenting. /They share a couple of family problem that I have. / That she loves food. / Everyone is the same inside. / That you can never give up on them. / That we all have moments. / Knowing them better. / They kind of have the same fears. / They are nice. / Jessica is trustworthy. / They are just like me. / To care about them. / I learned that a friend of mine wants to be a You Tuber.

Inspiring & empowering kids with the tools to make better life choices. . .

TM


“THANK YOU SO MUCH RELEASE THE FEAR, NOW I KNOW I CAN REACH MY GOALS.” - SARINA 16


Thanks to NEA in conjunction with The Diane and Bruce Halle Foundation, 10 young lives from SEF experienced their Possibilities. This workshop took place on April 3-5, 2018 #16 of 18 Opening up possibilities for the young minds of Arizona’s youth for a brighter tomorrow.© “Bridging Possibility” workshops. Through stories, activities and artwork, Release the Fear’s Workshops will help students to: • Draw One’s Fears and Awaken Hopes and Dreams • Stimulate Creative Listening and Communication • Bridge Understanding • Discuss How Color Affects Us and Our Environment Senses • Heighten Visual Awareness of Our Environment • Turn Pain into Possibilities into Purpose. The students are divided into groups or teams that they remain with throughout the workshop. In their small group, the students may be asked to complete an activity, to share responses, or to reflect on an exercise. Often times these groups can have students with different beliefs, various backgrounds, and even opposing gang affiliations. The workshop will end with a group created painting to be displayed for the public. Participant Response Participants are asked to reflect on several of the activities and then share with the group. These responses are written in their words without edit. The following responses are from the students who range in ages from 13-17. How do you think this activity could help you in your daily life (In School, Out of School, or In Your Career)? Who am I? Respect. Respect your teachers and peers. Respecting those around you. Respect other’s lifestyles and way of doing things. / Honesty. If cheated on a test. Honesty about telling who did it. Staying out of trouble. Open doors. / Empathy. You can put yourself in other’s shoes. Most have been bullied. Relating to others on an honest level. Creative Storytelling: Using self-control. When someone throws something at you and you work to fight him or her but you use self-control. You hold your anger in and tell somebody. Something bad can always happen and you are going to have to use that self-control. / Self-control. You could control yourself when people lash out at you. You won’t start a fight. You could control yourself when people judge you. / Creativity, application of pillars. Build character and positively influence others. Help blend with positive peers and build confidence. Over all leadership qualifier. Mirror work: Look at Yourself in the eyes (ONLY) and tell yourself that you love or like yourself just the way you are: Empty, wasted, selfish, grown-up, mysterious. / It weirds you out a little but it actually works, it makes you feel good about yourself. / It is reassuring that I am a good person. / Awkward. / It made me feel awkward. / It makes me feel normal. / It makes me feel confident. / Builds my self-confidence. Hero: The lady doing the group Makita. She is really confident and I look up to her a lot already. / Cassie Sanger, my namesake. She took down Jesse James and was a bad ass. / My hero is my mom. My mother is very important to me because she’s my mom and as a kid when I got in trouble she would help me out. / Jalen Robinson. She is important because she helped me get my own apartment and she helped me with everything I have been going through. / Because she cares about me and is always cares for me when I need her. / Me in the future because who I am in the future reflects how I’m affected by my past. / He is batman. He took a terrible thing


that happened to him and did some good with it. / My mom. She cares about my whole family. She gives love to everyone. She’s sweet. She’s important because she loves me as much as she loves my brothers. I look up to her. Reflective Take Away Assignment: Your actions affect others. Could motivate to do good. Empathy for others. Motive to set positive example. / Self-confidence. Chain reaction. You have confidence in your academic abilities. Self-confidence. Confidence in yourself to stand up for yourself. You can have good social skills by being openminded about others. / Self-confidence. Make more friends. Making your own choices. Reach for your goal and communication. Through the Hoops: Skills or Tools Learned: Resiliency. Creative. Bounce back when you get bad grades. Being creative can get things through r tough, hard situations. Every time you get beat up you bounce back. Being locked up. If you have goals bounce back. / Resiliency. Keep trying even if you are being told that you are not smart. You’re not going to let a bully affect you. When you don’t get a job after a good chance and an okay job interview. / Communication. (non-verbal). Encouragement to speak up for yourself and others. Ask for help. (observation). Daily interaction with others. Reflective Take Away Assignment: Think before you act. You can think about cheating on a test and before you do it you do your own test. When you’re broke and about to rob somebody then you think about the consequences. / Think before you act. You think before you ditch. Think before you take a negative action. / Bravery. Language arts. Standing up in front. Following intuition. Being consistent and committed. We all can remember a time when we did not listen to our Intuition or Inner Voice. We would like you to think of an example when you did not follow your Intuition? When I am standing up for what is right. Do what is right. The possible consequences will be corrected later. / I was going to AWOL for home pass at CSA but my intuition said no because I was going to leave in the next month and I did. To always look at the good things. / When my friends ask me to get souped and I told them no and next thing you know they got in a high speed chase. Don’t get in stolen cars. / I was swimming and I was thinking about going on the diving board. I felt I shouldn’t do it because I don’t know how to swim fully, so I decided not to do it. / As a kid I wanted this dope bike. My neighbor down the street had this bike. Every day I would walk past it on my way to school and have the urge to take it. But I didn’t. Sometimes your gut feeling can get you out of a bad situation. / The first time I tried to do parkour, I was with some friends. I got the gut feeling or the thought of “I can do this, I’m really athletic.” There was one time I did an amazing jump but ended up twisting my ankle. My gut feeling was “don’t do this”. I learned saving face is never positive and the outcome or feeling safe or good is short lived. Most of the mistakes we make are at our expense.

Release the Fear, Inc. TM

PO Box 3815 Phoenix, AZ 85030 www.releasethefear.org


Funded By: NEA/Halle Location: SEF %Male 60

Date: April 3-5, 2018

%Female 40

Ages 13-17

Do you think others (Kids my age, older & younger, Adults) have the same Fear as I do? Pre %YES 70 %NO 30 %Other 0 Post %YES 100 %NO 0 %Other 0 Rate this statement: You feel comfortable speaking in front of others. Pre % Not at all 10 % Sometimes 80 % All the Time 10 Post % Not at all 0 % Sometimes 43 % All the Time 57 Rate this statement: I believe I can make my hopes and/or dreams come true. Pre % Not at all 0 % Sometimes 40 % All the Time 60 Post % Not at all 0 % Sometimes 29 % All the Time 71 Rate this statement: I respect my own decisions even when dealing with peer pressure. Pre % Not at all 0 % Sometimes 30 % All the Time 70 Post % Not at all 0 % Sometimes 29 % All the Time 71 Complete this statement: I am trustworthy and see myself as a __. Follower, Equal, Leader Pre % Follower 0 % Equal 50 % Leader 50 Post % Follower 0 % Equal 57 % Leader 43 Have you ever been bullied? % Yes 70 % No 30 % No Answer 0 Have you ever seen someone being bullied? % Yes 80 % No 20 % No Answer 0 Did you do anything? % Yes 50 % No 30

% No Answer 20

Did you learn something in the workshop that will help you deal with bullying? Post % Yes 100 % No 0 % No Answer 0 Thoughts Shared: We care all the same. / Empathy. / Self-control. / I learned not anyone is perfect. / Talking to the person who’s being bullied and try to get things the right way. After attending the character education workshop and learning about compassion, if you saw someone being bullied, would you do something? Post % Yes 100 % No 0 % No Answer 0 Thoughts Shared: I would tell him that’s not cool. / I would intervene calmly. / Intuition. / Caution the person. / It’s worth it. Did you learn any skills, such as respect or responsibility, to help you make your own decisions not based on Peer Pressure? Post % Yes 71 % No 29 % No Answer 0 Thoughts Shared: Kind of. / Confidence. / I’ve always had these skills. Just never applied them.


Which Character Count Trait would you most like the workshop to help you improve on? %Fairness Pre 0 %Responsibility Pre 40 %Citizenship Pre 20 Post: 0 Post: 14 Post: 14 %Trustworthiness Pre 20 %Caring Pre 20 %Respect Pre 10 Post: 0 Post: 29 Post 57 What do you think about color? What % gave more thought and shared them about color. Pre 90% Post 100% Thoughts shared: Pre: Have it my life and world has no color. / I love it. It makes things more fun. / Color is vibrant, it makes life interesting. / Color is a god way to express yourself. / Beautiful things. / Color. / I certainly love colors and the levity they bring to this world. / I think color is unique. / White is my favorite because it is a mixture of all the colors. / Whenever I think about it, the color blue comes up. Post: Same thing. / Something that expresses you. / It applies to memory. / What colors mean like respect etc. / I feel it is a great way of expressing emotion. / That you could be more confident about yourself. / Color can be a powerful coping skill and can be linked to feelings. My most important hope or dream is. . . What % gave more thought to their Dreams becoming reality. Pre 100% Post 100% Thoughts Shared: Pre: Is to be a doctor. / I hope to graduate high school at age sixteen. / To become a graphic designer. / To become an economic analyst or something related. / To become a great mother. / Dying happy. / To stay out of jail and prison. / To live a legacy. / Help my family. / Get a job and have a good family. / For my mother to be taken care of. / Is to work at a detention center. Post: To be happy and help at least three people a day. / My dream is to get to high school with good grades. / To become a heart surgeon. / Graduate high school and support my son. / To go to college. / To go to the NBA. / Is to stay out of SEF. One thing I learned in workshop that will help me reach my dream is: Post 100% discovered something new in the workshop. Thoughts Shared: Using the six character traits. / Put yourself first. / To trust others. / Release the fears. / Be yourself. / Using self-control. / How to let others do things and better encouragement. What did you learn New in the workshop about yourself, that you did not know before? Post 71% discovered something new in the workshop about yourself: Thoughts Shared: You don’t have to be shy to speak. / I can talk in front of a group. / Public speaking skills. / That I can be open around people I don’t know. What did you learn New in the workshop about a classmate or friend? Post 86% discovered something new about classmates or friends in the workshop Thoughts Shared: We have similarities. / We are very much alike. / We have the same things in common. / We all have the same fears. / That they are not shy around others. / I learned a lot about my peers that I worked with in the workshop.

Inspiring & empowering kids with the tools to make better life choices. .

.

TM


Thanks to NEA in conjunction with The Diane and Bruce Halle Foundation, 6 young lives from SEF experienced their Possibilities. This workshop took place on April 17-19, 2018 #17 of 18 Opening up possibilities for the young minds of Arizona’s youth for a brighter tomorrow.© “Bridging Possibility” workshops. Through stories, activities and artwork, Release the Fear’s Workshops will help students to: • Draw One’s Fears and Awaken Hopes and Dreams • Stimulate Creative Listening and Communication • Bridge Understanding • Discuss How Color Affects Us and Our Environment Senses • Heighten Visual Awareness of Our Environment • Turn Pain into Possibilities into Purpose. The students are divided into groups or teams that they remain with throughout the workshop. In their small group, the students may be asked to complete an activity, to share responses, or to reflect on an exercise. Often times these groups can have students with different beliefs, various backgrounds, and even opposing gang affiliations. The workshop will end with a group created painting to be displayed for the public. Participant Response Participants are asked to reflect on several of the activities and then share with the group. These responses are written in their words without edit. The following responses are from the students who range in ages from 13-17. How do you think this activity could help you in your daily life (In School, Out of School, or In Your Career)? Who am I?: Have a filter. Not calling out teachers or other students. Having a filter in a positive way. Thinking before you act or speak on something. / Honesty, acceptance. Math class don’t understand something. Be honest enough to accept and ask for help. Doesn’t know something on you, accept them and don’t tease them. By being honest with myself and accepting who I am and my mistakes and accepting need to go down a new path. / Leader and educated, respectful. Good grades help teacher, help 1 another. Positive good example. Show others positive direction. Take you a long way providing good example. Creative Storytelling: Communication. Being able to go to the principal and communicate what your problems are of students. Instead of trying to fight the bully verbally talk to them. Being able to communicate with your boss when you have a problem. / Respect. By not acting out and by being a model. By stepping up, and by not stepping down. By being able to respect my policies or expectations of my boss. / Imagination. Get creative with school assignments. Friending someone being bullied, help them in a way they want to. Being creative and imagining things your way when problem solving. Mirror work: Look at Yourself in the eyes (ONLY) and tell yourself that you love or like yourself just the way you are: In a way I’m lying to myself or that I’m only telling myself it because the paper said to or maybe its just weird because its something new idk. / Cute, fine as wine, smart / It makes me feel at peace and happy / Weird, talking to myself. I don’t need tell myself things like that I don’t have low self image. I don’t care how others view me. / I feel good and smart / It makes me feel more positive. / It make me feel happy because I never stopped liking myself I always loved myself.


Hero: My grandpa is accepting, intelligent, kind, and wish. I wish to be like him when I get older. / Wonder Woman. Because she strong and independent. / My hero is my dog. My dog always happy and loving. / Maria. Maria is important because she a beautiful women with a family, people who love her and has an sweet, feisty, creative attitude. She served our country and cares about others. Maria is important because she was created in Gods image and black lives matter. / My baby daddy. Because he’s always been there for me and never let me down and he’s my child’s father. / Mrs. Nin. She’s important to me because she doesn’t let anything get to her and she’s always positive. / I love my mom. My mom is my hero and she always going to be my hero. Because she is my mom and I always thought she was even throw she has not been in my life tell I was little but I still love her. And she will always be my hero. Reflective Take Away Assignment: Trust in self. I you have trust in self other might trust you. Maybe it will stop them from listening the wrong people. Makes you feel good that your doing some right. / Self-confidence. In school to present in front of people to trust in yourself to ace your test to have that confidence. To have faith in your own choices. Walk down the aisle and just have that confidence to not care what people say about you. / Courage. Being able to speak up if you know the answer or think you know. Being able to stand up and say no and not be sorry. Being able to stand up for your self and others in any situation. Mean no when you say no. Through the Hoops: Skills or Tools Learned: Take your time. Things done more accurate, absorb lesson more. Take time to see by POV’s. Right way instead of rushing, more accurate choices in life. / Self talk. Use self talk to get through hard subject at school and challenges. If people bringing u down, you can bring yourself up. Get through trials and tribulations, challenges of life being in SEF, get up tell its ok etc. / Cooperation. Being able to work in groups, if you hate people. Have a bunch of people stand up against bullying. Active listening. Being able to work through any of life’s obstacles with someone else if you are used to doing things by yourself. Drawing One’s Fears, Hopes, Dreams: Honest and open. Not cheating, I’m often too expecting help. By standing up and telling someone. I’m open to helping him and by being honest by not helping him with his work. / Determination. Get assignments done, get however far wins. Take what the bully says and make something out of it. Be what you want in life. / Courageous. Being able to act in a play. Being able to talk to a person of authority about a situation. To call police when necessary even if you don’t like them. Describe a time when you had an experience that you perceived as negative, but through time or something you did, you perceived the experience as a positive one. I would say being here this time around because at first I was with drawing and I felt awful but within 15 days I got my GED and my mom, dad, and grandparents are beyond proud of me and I’m proud of myself and that’s something I haven’t been able to say in a very long time. / I turned myself in. I had been at the Estrella Woman’s jail in Phoenix for almost 2 weeks. I had talked to some of the women there and told them my situations. I ended up going to the DO with one of the girls I know personally on the outs and coming clean that I wasn’t the person I had been claiming to be.

Release the Fear, Inc. TM

PO Box 3815 Phoenix, AZ 85030 www.releasethefear.org


Funded By: NEA/Halle Location: SEF %Male 0

Date: April 17-19, 2018

%Female 100

Ages 14-17

Do you think others (Kids my age, older & younger, Adults) have the same Fear as I do? Pre %YES 58 %NO 28 %Other 14 Post %YES 100 %NO 0 %Other 0 Rate this statement: You feel comfortable speaking in front of others. Pre % Not at all 0 % Sometimes 71 % All the Time 28 Post % Not at all 0 % Sometimes 0 % All the Time 100 Rate this statement: I believe I can make my hopes and/or dreams come true. Pre % Not at all 0 % Sometimes 58 % All the Time 42 % No Answer 0 Post % Not at all 0 % Sometimes 0 % All the Time 67 % No Answer 33 Rate this statement: I respect my own decisions even when dealing with peer pressure. Pre % Not at all 0 % Sometimes 14 % All the Time 86 Post % Not at all 0 % Sometimes 0 % All the Time 100 Complete this statement: I am trustworthy and see myself as a __. Follower, Equal, Leader Pre % Follower 0 % Equal 28 % Leader 71 Post % Follower 0 % Equal 33 % Leader 67 Have you ever been bullied? % Yes 58 % No 42 % No Answer 0 Have you ever seen someone being bullied? % Yes 86 % No 14 % No Answer 0 Did you do anything? % Yes 58 % No 28

% No Answer 14

Did you learn something in the workshop that will help you deal with bullying? Post % Yes 100 % No 0 % No Answer 0 Thoughts Shared: Now in and out of school to stand up for others. / If you don’t feel comfortable stepping up go to a person with authority. / Help us be a better person. After attending the character education workshop and learning about compassion, if you saw someone being bullied, would you do something? Post % Yes 100 % No 0 % No Answer 0 Thoughts Shared: I always will. / Because it’s the right thing. Did you learn any skills, such as respect or responsibility, to help you make your own decisions not based on Peer Pressure? Post % Yes 33 % No 67 % No Answer 0 Thoughts Shared: I don’t feed into peer pressure.


Which Character Count Trait would you most like the workshop to help you improve on? %Fairness Post 0 %Responsibility Post 67 %Citizenship Post 0 %Trustworthiness Post 20

%Caring Post 33

%Respect Post 0

What do you think about color? What % gave more thought and shared them about color. Pre 71% Post 100% Thoughts shared: Pre: Some are beautiful and bright while others are dull and lifeless. / I think color is a very beautiful way to express yourself / No I have not / I think color is innerself / I don’t think about color I just think we’re all beautiful the way we are. / Royal blue. Think of peace and loving / Yes but that’s too deep to think about. I’m a deep person and thinker and I’ll get idk explain. Post: Nothing just where beautiful just the way we are. / You can make something beautiful out of any color / I still think colors a good way to express yourself. My most important hope or dream is. . . What % gave more thought to their Dreams becoming reality. Pre 100% Post 100% Thoughts Shared: Pre: To be content and genuinely happy with myself and how my life is going. / My most important dream for my future is to be successful / To be who I want to be / To be satisfied and happy / My dream is to have a big house and 6 kids and get married and be an oncologist pediatric doctor and be a singer on the voice. / To become a CNA / Just to live happy, peaceful stable, and free, and not live this life no more if I do it’s a side or if I got to. Post: Is to go home and start over / To be genuinely happy in life / Writing a book. One thing I learned in workshop that will help me reach my dream is: Post 100% discovered something new in the workshop. Thoughts Shared: Believing in yourself / To keep striving, make a goal and stick to it / Is to have self-confidence. What did you learn New in the workshop about yourself, that you did not know before? Post 100% discovered something new in the workshop about yourself: Thoughts Shared: I am able to stand up and be heard / I’m perfectly capable of being the best me / That I have a lot of potential. What did you learn New in the workshop about a classmate or friend? Post 100% discovered something new about classmates or friends in the workshop Thoughts Shared: They have the same fears / They have the same fear as me. / That we all struggle.


Thanks to NEA in conjunction with The Diane and Bruce Halle Foundation, 22 young lives from Florence Crittenton experienced their Possibilities. This workshop took place on June 19, 2018 #18 of 18 Opening up possibilities for the young minds of Arizona’s youth for a brighter tomorrow.© “Bridging Possibility” workshops. Through stories, activities and artwork, Release the Fear’s Workshops will help students to: • Draw One’s Fears and Awaken Hopes and Dreams • Stimulate Creative Listening and Communication • Bridge Understanding • Discuss How Color Affects Us and Our Environment Senses • Heighten Visual Awareness of Our Environment • Turn Pain into Possibilities into Purpose. The students are divided into groups or teams that they remain with throughout the workshop. In their small group, the students may be asked to complete an activity, to share responses, or to reflect on an exercise. Often times these groups can have students with different beliefs, various backgrounds, and even opposing gang affiliations. The workshop will end with a group created painting to be displayed for the public. Participant Response Participants are asked to reflect on several of the activities and then share with the group. These responses are written in their words without edit. The following responses are from the students who range in ages from 12 -17. How do you think this activity could help you in your daily life (In School, Out of School, or In Your Career)? Who am I?: Communication, Speak up about being bullied. Speak up – communite to staff/parents. Communication is key to life / Being open. Being open to other opportunities to getting education. Sticking up for victims who need help. Letting people know what’s going on with you. / Communication. Asking the teacher questions or peers. Talking the people who are bullying out of it. Close mouths don’t get fed. / Listening and respect. Paying attention in class. Standing up for yourself and respecting yourself. In a work environment listening to bosses orders. / Communication. Ask teacher for help. Standing up for yourself/teachers help. Helps with teamwork. You will get more done.

Release the Fear, Inc. TM

PO Box 3815 Phoenix, AZ 85030 www.releasethefear.org


Funded By: NEA/Halle Location: Florence Crittenton %Male 0

%Female 100

Date: June 19, 2018 Ages 14-17

Do you think others (Kids my age, older & younger, Adults) have the same Fear as I do? Pre %YES 53 %NO 20 %Other 27 Post %YES 70 %NO 30 %Other 0 Rate this statement: You feel comfortable speaking in front of others. Pre % Not at all 30 % Sometimes 53 % All the Time 7 % No Answer 7 Post % Not at all 40 % Sometimes 46 % All the Time 14 % No Answer 0 Rate this statement: I believe I can make my hopes and/or dreams come true. Pre % Not at all 20 % Sometimes 57 % All the Time 30 % No Answer 0 Post % Not at all 14 % Sometimes 40 % All the Time 46 % No Answer 0 Rate this statement: I respect my own decisions even when dealing with peer pressure. Pre % Not at all 27 % Sometimes 46 % All the Time 27 % No Answer 7 Post % Not at all 14 % Sometimes 46 % All the Time 30 % No Answer 0 Complete this statement: I am trustworthy and see myself as a __. Follower, Equal, Leader Pre % Follower 20 % Equal 30 % Leader 40 % No Answer 7 Post % Follower 27 % Equal 30 % Leader 40 % No Answer 0 Have you ever been bullied? % Yes 63 % No 27 % No Answer 0 Have you ever seen someone being bullied? % Yes 86 % No 14 % No Answer 0 Did you do anything? % Yes 53 % No 27

% No Answer 20

Did you learn something in the workshop that will help you deal with bullying? Post % Yes 80 % No 20 % No Answer 0 Thoughts Shared: Caring for others / Communication / Just speak up / Communicate / Open up / Treat others how you want to be treated / Communication and being open with your issues. After attending the character education workshop and learning about compassion, if you saw someone being bullied, would you do something? Post % Yes 93 % No 7 % No Answer 0 Thoughts Shared: I would always do something / Standing up / Tell an adult / Tell an adult / I would make there voice be heard / Work with the person getting bullied / I would stand up and act not be at the side lines. Did you learn any skills, such as respect or responsibility, to help you make your own decisions not based on Peer Pressure? Post % Yes 53 % No 47 % No Answer 0 Thoughts Shared: Respect / Responsibility / I already know / Self respect.


What do you think about color? What % gave more thought and shared them about color. Pre 73% Post 87% Thoughts shared: Pre: I think it gives a definition to objects and describes what/how you feel, act. / They’re ok / It’s colorful / I really don’t know I like it / it’s beautiful / Rainbow / No, but I think color is cute / Not really / I think there beautiful yes / Color is everything / Yes, blue is beautiful / I think color helps with emotions / It helps me express myself / I think color is good because it can be a positive thing / Its beautiful and I love it / Every color has meaning. Post: Beautiful / Rainbow / Its beautiful / Its complicated / Color is the world / No color is beautiful / Emotions for me / Its cute / It could make a picture standout / It make me very mad / Its beautiful and is connected in more ways than you think / It hard to mix a lot of colors. My most important hope or dream is. . . What % gave more thought to their Dreams becoming reality. Pre 87% Post 80% Thoughts Shared: Pre: It to continue art and put my creations out for others to see and to become a firefighter detective / I don’t know / None / To make my dad proud and finish his work / To have a family one day / Raise a healthy happy family / To become an artist / Be someone in life / Successful / Get better, be adopted / having a healthy son, getting married next year, having a son. / Is to be creative / IDK / I be a beautiful person inside and out / To be a therapist / To have a great family and job with a beautiful house and wonderful kids / Be successful. Post: To live / Have a happy, healthy family / Becoming an artist / lawyer / Successful / Get adopted / Safe baby / Is to go home / To be rich / I don’t understand / Is to be a therapist / To have a great family with wonderful children and an excellent job / My hope is that I can go to the military. One thing I learned in workshop that will help me reach my dream is: Post 87% discovered something new in the workshop. Thoughts Shared: No one listening / To keep pushing on / Teamwork / Patience / Painting / Positivity / Think positive / Open up / Is to communicate my feelings / Patience / Patience and close mouth don’t get feed / Nothing / You need to be comfortable being uncomfortable / Try my best. What did you learn New in the workshop about yourself, that you did not know before? Post 73% discovered something new in the workshop about yourself: Thoughts Shared: I keep getting put down / No / People my age irritate me / Communication / Painting / I’m more shy than I thought / I can do this because I am important / I need to be patient / Know my feelings / I’m intelligent / I have a voice / Nothing / I love painting. What did you learn New in the workshop about a classmate or friend? Post 73% discovered something new about classmates or friends in the workshop Thoughts Shared: Nothing / Stuff / They’re annoying / Patience / Everyone has emotion / People have issues / They are smart / Girls can be boys / They have the same fear / Smart / They are disrespectful and rude / They are smart.

Inspiring & empowering kids with the tools to make better life choice. . .

TM

www.releasethefear.org


Thank you NEA and the Diane and Bruce Halle Foundation for believing in our mission and vision. For your understanding that each and every child is deserving to be inspired and empower with the tools to make better life choices. Today because of your support, there are 306 more youth that are much closer to finding their gifts and they are able to share it with the world around them. Most sincerely, Robert Miley,CEO

1624 East McDowell Phoenix, AZ 85006 Robert @releasethefear.org 602-818-6959 www.releasethefear.org

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