Youth Development with EMPOWER

Empowering youths to through adventure experiences that are engaging, positive, customized, and led by professionally trained and experienced leaders! Powerful adventure experiences that will provide youths the tools that lead to increased self-confidence and self-esteem, improved leadership and problem solving skills, a greater ability to recognize positive vs. negative risk, and the grit and perseverance to overcome positive risks, avoid negative risks, and achieve goals!

EMERGE Leadership Program

Emerge together, better than ever! The EMERGE Leadership Program brings students together through highly-customized adventure initiatives. Using a mix of unique experiential activities focusing on leadership, empowerment, and teamwork, EMPOWER President Dan Jaskot and the EMPOWER Leadership Facilitators will have your students getting out of their comfort zones and thinking differently about how they lead themselves and others. The EMERGE Team Building Program will foster the development of positive and trusting relationships between students and between students and teachers – all while highlighting the leadership skills necessary for success in school and beyond! Includes Collaborative Team Building Initiatives

  • Takes place at EMPOWER or your school
  • 3 to 5 hours in duration
  • $15 to $50 per person

SOAR Leadership Program

The SOAR Program is EMPOWER’s Signature Leadership adventure experience! The SOAR Program includes the perfect blend of aerial and ground based team building, leadership development, and group bonding – challenging participants to venture out of their comfort zones while supporting classmates! The Zip Line Canopy Tour, led by experienced guides, focuses on leadership of self, group support and bonding; while the professionally-facilitated, and highly-customizable, Ground Based Team Building Initiatives will help participants get a G.R.I.P. on teamwork and leadership, highlight the importance of grit/perseverance, cooperation, empathy – all while helping students set goals and a path to goal achievement!

  • Takes place at EMPOWER
  • 5 hours in duration
  • $50 to $74 per person

DISCOVER Leadership Program

The DISCOVER Program is includes a blend of professionally-facilitated ground based team building initiatives plus either our Team Building Scavenger Hunt initiative (ground-based) or our Team Building Tree Climbing Adventures (aerial). Your EMPOWER facilitators will introduce concepts of Leadership, Teamwork, and Empowerment through collaborative experiential adventure initiatives then students will apply those lessons to one of two “application activities” – The Team Building Scavenger Hunt (mildly competitive land navigation team building course) or The Team Building Tree Climbing Adventures (leadership of self climbing challenges).

  • Takes place at EMPOWER
  • 3 to 5 hours in duration
  • $40 to $60 per person

More EMPOWER Leadership Programs

Complete the online request pricing form to learn more about other EMPOWER Leadership Offerings, including:

After School Leadership Enrichment (1.5 to 2 hours in duration): Integrate empowering leadership lessons into your after-school program! Participants will learn the foundational skills of Leadership, Teamwork, and Empowerment through engaging and experiential adventure activities. Takes place right in your school gymnasium or cafeteria. $250 per session for up to 30 participants

EMPOWERMENT Interactive Workshops (45 minutes to 2 hours in duration): Add some empowering excitement to your next student meeting (full school, class/grade level, or classroom) with an Empowerment Workshop. Includes a mix of experiential activities, empowerment presentations, and leadership “round-table” discussions. $500 to $1,000 per workshop

Inspiring Young Leaders

Benefits of Youth Development

“60% of US companies are facing leadership talent shortages that are impeding their performance. Another 31% expect a lack of leadership talent to impede their performance in the next several years,” says leadership experts Sue Ashford and Steve DeRue. Furthermore, they assert, “We need to stop teaching leadership theory and start teaching people how to learn leadership from real experiences.” The benefits of teaching leadership to our youths are immeasurable! From confidence building to self-coaching and perseverance, to leading others; by teaching youths to lead themselves and others, we are giving them (1) the self-confidence to stand up and express their opinions, (2) the ability to recognize right from wrong, (3) the courage to help those who can’t help themselves, and (4) the tools to fulfill their own potential! EMPOWER Youth Development programs include fun, exciting, and engaging adventure experiences designed to introduce and teach positive leadership lessons to our youths. Our professionally-trained guides will facilitate each adventure; providing the tools that lead to increased self-confidence and self-esteem, improved leadership and team skills, a greater ability to recognize positive vs. negative risk, and the grit and perseverance to overcome positive risks, avoid negative risks, and achieve goals!

2019 Empowerment Initiative

Youths across the State are facing academic and social stressors that seem almost unimaginable. The importance of “positive play” and community-building experiences for youths has never been higher! At EMPOWER, we recognize the importance of positive, engaging, and community-building experiences for children and teens – and are excited to announce an all-new 2019 Empowerment Initiative designed to support classroom management initiatives and after-school programming, and the students that they serve. Our 2019 Empowerment Initiative is designed to take place at your school (during or after school hours), and focuses on helping students Believe in themselves, Discover their potential, and Achieve their personal awesomeness! Led by Empower President, Dan Jaskot, the Youth Leadership and Empowerment Workshops will teach students to (1) set goals and a path to goal achievement, (2) become more aware of their emotions and how emotions impact themselves and others, (3) embrace challenges as opportunities to demonstrate courage and perseverance, and (4) resolve conflict and problem solve with others. Program sessions are 45 to 90 minutes in duration and start at $250.00 per session for up to 30 participants!

Youth Development with EMPOWER

Youth Development Client List

Hamden Hall Country Day

School Xavier High School

Stratford Public Schools

Gideon Welles Middle School

Woodrow Wilson Middle School

Keigwin Middle School

Middletown Hiigh School

Smith Middle School

Glastonbury High School

The Grove School

REACH Newtown

Northwest Catholic High School

Ridge Hill Middle School

Pulaski Middle School

Minnechaug Regional High School (MA)

Helen Street School

Cromwell Middle School

Sage Park Middle School

Rocky Hill High School

Essex Elementary School

Sullivan Middle School (MA)

Jonathan Law High School

Wexler Grant Community School

Solar Youth, Inc.

Suffield Academy

Preston Plains Middle School

Sacred Heart School (NY)

North Middle School (MA)

Wilcoxson Elementary School

DeBerry Elementary School (MA)

Amistad Academy

Christ Lutheran Early Childhood Center

Lego Creative Childcare Center

Haddam-Killingworth Middle School

Old Lyme Middle School

Independent Day School

Norton Elementary School

Springfield Renaissance School (MA)

Valley Presbyterian Church

Sacred Heart School

Slade Middle School

Amity Middle School

Rochambeau Middle School

Flood Middle School

Dag Hammarskjold Middle School

North Madison Congregational Church

Vinal Technical High School

Naugatuck Valley Community College – GEAR UP

Southern Connecticut State University – GEAR UP

CT River Academy at Goodwin College

North Haven Middle School

Mauro-Sheridan School

Mooreland Hill School

Woodbury Middle School

The Navigator Project

West Hartford REACH Program

New Hartford Schools

South Elementary School

Kensington Congregational Church

Renbrook School