Hi! I’m Jessica, the founder of Calm & Colorful.

My mission for creating Calm & Colorful is to help children & young adults to understand their emotions and teach them tools to handle different emotions children have, that will help them for the rest of their lives.

Starting 2005, I was a part time caretaker and helped raise children of many families. This started my career working with children and over the years, I’ve taught children of all ages.

2007-2011 I was an elementary after school art teacher for Young Rembrandts where I had classes of 15-20 children where I would teach art, manage classroom, give art terms weekly, motivate and develop fine motor skills and self esteem.

From 2011-2015 I worked at an after school program and incorporated breathing exercises to help calm down the children when something was wrong. This is when I became aware of the importance for children to learn mindfulness. Adding life skills at the same time, the children are learning to be in the present moment while enhancing their lives with important skills they will learn from responsibilities, peer pressure, self-confidence, resilience and much more. These combined created Calm & Colorful in 2017.

In summer 2015 I traveled to Thailand to volunteer to teach English for a month. It was the most incredible experience! When summer 2016 came along, I traveled to India to volunteer and teach English for a few weeks. Each traveling and teaching experience is it’s own once in a lifetime experience. I grew so much as a teacher from those trips and am very grateful. In India, I even had the opportunity to work closely with Buddhist monks of all ages!

I believe that it is important to have fun while learning. I am extremely passionate about what I do and dedicated to helping as many children as I can!

I have worked with hundreds of children and incorporated mindful techniques that provided comfort to children going through different difficult situations. The severity of the situations ranged from a child having a bad day to the loss of a loved one. Seeing the benefits of these techniques is why I decided to start a business to teach children and teens how to handle their emotions themselves.

 About Mentoring

All online mentoring includes one hour sessions, check-ins with the parents, and individualized goal setting.

A typical session goes as follows;

*review of what we will do that session

*a quick “how are you feeling” check-in

*transition breathing exercise

*instructional discussion

*mindfulness activity

*“how are you feeling” reflection

*gratitude sharing

My mentoring programs for children and teens that could use the additional guidance from a mentor that helps give them life skills and tools to strengthen their emotional intelligence. Personalized for each individual with a foundation of gratitude, self discovery and awareness of thoughts and feelings.

The programs provide tools and resources to empower children and teens to be leaders of their own life by taking full responsibility for their journey.

  • While being in the program, children learn how to overcome self-doubt, manage mistakes, and deal with peer pressure so they can develop strong self-esteem and powerful self-confidence for a lifetime. Each child’s month will look different then another, every child gets their own, individual instructional discussions.
  • The programs are designed in such a way that children feel like they’re playing: they’re easy and fun, but also teach skills and provide steps to take action.
  • We learn by reading stories to spark discussion rather than talking directly about challenges or situations. This helps them feel at ease because they are not being judged or put on the spot. I call this “teaching without preaching” or “learning without lecturing”.

Learn more by contacting me today!

Guest Post

https://www.the-smile-project.com/single-post/2019/03/10/Service-Spotlight-Calm-Colorful

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