Leadership Development, Community Building Events, Youth Prevention Programs, and Youth Diversion Programs

Youth Services Bureaus and School Districts share the critical responsibility of educating youths and promoting the well-being of children, youths, and their families – with the goal of all children and youths becoming resilient, empowered, productive, and engaged citizens in their communities.

Since the 1940’s, Adventure Education has served as an effective tool to help teach leadership, problem solving, and social skills to individuals; contributing to the development of future leaders! Adventure Education is designed to provide participants with “High Reward, Low Risk” learning and exploration opportunities; allowing for a safe environment focused on positive change. EMPOWER’s engaging and uplifting adventure programs are designed to help individuals learn:

  • To coach oneself through challenge, adversity, and fear
  • The difference between a positive and negative risk/challenge
  • The courage to accept positive risks/challenges as growth opportunities
  • Perseverance, grit, and commitment to a cause
  • To develop trusting relationships and a positive network of resources
  • Sound decision making processes and collaborative problem solving skills
  • To confidently communicate thoughts and ideas while appropriately expressing feelings and emotions

Our professionally-trained leaders 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 persevere through challenge and achieve!

Request Program Pricing, or contact Dan Jaskot (860-638-4754, dan@leadershipsports.com), for details.


Winter 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 a Winter Empowerment Initiative designed to support Youth Services Bureaus, and the youths/teens that they serve.

Our Winter Empowerment Initiative is designed to take place at your facility (weekdays or weekends), 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 youths/teens 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!

Community Olympics Event

The Community Olympics Event (2-4 hours) is a fun, family-oriented event designed to bring families and friends closer together through shared adventure play! Participants/families earn stickers throughout the program for positive teamwork and helpful interactions and earn an EMPOWER Raffle entry for each sticker earned! The Community Olympics Event can take place in your city/town, or at EMPOWER.

After School Enrichment

EMPOWER’s After-School Enrichment is a multi-session program designed to integrate positive leadership and team building skills into your school community. Sessions focus on building positive and trusting relationships, collaborative problem solving in groups, leadership and self-confidence development, and building a great sense of community amongst classmates.

Successful School Transition Programs

EMPOWER’s Successful School Transition Program is a multi-session program includes skill-building and relationship/resource development designed to best prepare at-risk students for school transitions. This program includes shared adventures between students, school administrators and counselors, coaches, and other school community members.

Finding Your Way Diversion Program

The Finding Your Way Diversion Program is a multi-session program designed in collaboration with your Youth Services Bureau and Juvenile Review Board. The Finding Your Way Program includes skill-building, reflection and goal-setting, problem solving, and leadership development exercises – all focused on helping teens set a path for positive growth and community engagement.

Youth Group Leadership Development

Exciting, memorable, engaging, and beneficial. EMPOWER Youth Development Programs are designed to engage youths/teens in positive shared adventure experiences focused on the development of individual and group leadership skills. Programs are custom-designed to provide enrichment and support to your current Youth Group Programs.

Train the Trainer Program

A training program for Youth Programming Staff/Coordinators – designed to equip your facilitators with the skills necessary to integrate empowering activities and initiatives into your Youth Program. The EMPOWER Programming Team has over 25 years of Leadership Development and Adventure Programming Experience and will custom-design a Training Program specifically for your team!

Youth Services and Community Development with EMPOWER

Client List of Youth Services Bureaus

Middletown Youth Services Bureau

Clinton Partners in Community

Community Foundation of Middlesex County – Rally for Bully Free Communities

Crossroads East Hartford

Middletown Public Schools – 21st Century Enrichment

Worcester Public Schools – 21st Century Enrichment

Naugatuck Youth & Family Services

Cheshire Youth Services Bureau

Colchester Youth & Family Services

Stratford Youth & Family Services

Youth & Family Services of Haddam-Killingworth

REACH Newtown

Naugatuck Valley Community College – GEAR UP

Southern Connecticut State University – GEAR UP

Wesleyan University – UPWARD Bound

Old Saybrook Youth & Family Services

Springfield College – 21st Century Program

Xavier High School – Senior Facilitator Training

Gideon Welles School – Student Council Community Building and Bullying Awareness Training

Woodrow Wilson Middle School – XMEN

Woodrow Wilson Middle School – Wonder Women

Keigwin Middle School – XMEN

Darien Depot – Cops & Kids Program

CT Junior Republic

Norwich Youth Services

Tri-Town Youth Services

YWCA New Britain

REACH West Hartford

Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, Inc.

Turning Point Treatment Center

Middletown Adult Education

Solar Youth, Inc.

ConnCAP – Naugatuck Valley Community College

Newtown Youth & Family Services

Eli Whitney Museum – Cosmic Cultures Program

Christ Lutheran Early Childhood Center

Rockville – FFA

AsOne Marraige Group

South Windsor Senior Center

Town of East Granby Youth Services Bureau

Valley Presbyterian Church

Vinal Technical High School – National Honors Society