Building Tomorrow’s Leaders
Inspiring future leaders and problem-solvers through interactive programs, both inside and outside the classroom. Our single-session and multi-session workshops provide a platform for empowering youth to meet life’s challenges with confidence and competence. In-school programs for kindergarten through high school. After-school programs for 2nd through 12th grade. Leadership training, peer mentoring, dramatic performances, and community service, are just a few of the ways our youth get involved and make a difference in the lives of others.
See below to register for our programs.
“Leadership Challenge gave me the voice and the confidence to share my ideas in class, with adults, and with kids my own age. I am not a super student or an athlete and sometimes it is hard to get recognized for just being nice. Leadership Challenge gave me that edge.”
Kristina M., CARES Leadership Challenge Graduate
The KidPOWER program is a unique opportunity for second through fourth graders to learn valuable life skills in an open environment.
Led by a CARES faculty mentor and high school leaders, students are presented with a multitude of interactive games and activities which facilitate communication, problem-solving, self-confidence and resilience.
These after-school workshops foster friendship and teamwork, while providing a safe and fun environment for kids to be themselves.
- Problem Solving
- Team Building
Community Service Ambassadors
The community service ambassador’s program provides a unique multi-faceted mentoring opportunity. This program is able to build healthy relationships between both high school and middle school students allowing each to benefit immensely. High schoolers are given the ability to teach leadership skills to middle schoolers, and middle schoolers then pass it on to students with special needs. It is truly an incredible chain reaction.
This program is able to teach valuable skills such as assertiveness, communication, problem solving, and socialization through a variety of interactive games and activities. Offered two semesters each year after school at Saxe Middle School, spots are limited so sign up today!
This selective semester-long program trains current high school students in the community to become successful driven leaders. This program leaves kids with a multitude of leadership skills designed to serve them in future endeavors even beyond their high school environments. By allowing students to step outside the classroom and get involved in a variety of community organizations, and truly make a difference in the lives of others. Students will walk away with 10-15 hours of service learning and 45 hours of leadership training and the knowledge that they have made a difference.
Facilitated by the CARES Executive Director, Meg Domino, PhD, students are able to grow individually and alongside their peers in a supportive and fun environment. This knowledge filled program leaves students capable and confident to take on the next avenue in their life. Admittance into Leadership Challenge is by nomination: parent, peer, self, faculty, and/or community leader.
- Public Speaking
- Time Management
- Poise & Presence
MENTORING THROUGH DRAMA
High school students write, direct, and perform skits for elementary and middle school students on a variety of topics including transitioning to high school, branching out, staying true to yourself, and peer pressure.
TAKE THE LEAD
Take the LEAD (“TTL”) is a 20-session Social Emotional Learning program developed by New Canaan CARES and delivered to students in the NCPS. Through this interactive training program, youth practice making responsible decisions with the goal of building individual strengths and reducing negative behaviors. TTL provides youth with the tools to identify and evaluate difficult social situations, explore the choices available to them, understand the consequences and alternatives and react confidently and competently to challenges they face.
CARES offers private workshops for youth groups (i.e. NCL, Girl Scouts, SLOBs, etc.) on a variety of topics. Programs are offered as 1-3 session sets, with knowledge, skill, and practical application components. Topics include peer pressure, Exclusion, Transitions, and much more. Call or email CARES to schedule a workshop for your youth group.
Enjoy the summer with our fun filled Leadership In Action program, facilitated by the CARES Executive Director, Meg Domino, PhD, students are able to grow individually and alongside their peers in a supportive and fun environment. This knowledge filled program leaves students capable and confident to take on the next avenue in their life.
“Halo Studios – Home to KidPower and Leadership Challenge – supports the fine work New Canaan CARES does on behalf of youth and families in New Canaan. Halo studios is a warm, collaborative community with no membership requirements where you can choose your own health and wellness adventures.”
Cindy Z., HALO Studios
Halo Studios is home to nine independent businesses – Pryority, Physical Therapy and Integrative Medicine, Nearwater Pilates, Bodymechanics,Sama Yoga Center, Halo Fitness, New Canaan Racquet Club, an organic cafe and pro shop. To further empower people to lead healthier and more balanced lives, Halo leases three open studios, one meditation garden, the lobby and two suites by the hour, day or week. Now open 5:30 am – 9:30 pm Monday through Thursday; 5:30 am – 8 pm Friday; 8 am – 6pm Saturday and Sunday.