Teaching Teens How To Overcome obstacles with Empathy
Middle & High School Program
You Have Value
Imagine the gut-dropping feeling of being told that if you survive, you may never walk again. This is what the doctors told Kim Penny after a devastating snow tubing accident in the backcountry of the San Juan Mountains. But after years of emotional and physical turmoil, with the help of a great support system consisting of family and other mentors, she not only walks again but climbs mountains both literally and figuratively. She motivates students by showing them how to overcome their own seemingly impossible obstacles.
“I didn’t walk through my recovery alone, but I did have to take the first step.”
Through her personal story of recovery and triumph, Kim teaches students how not to allow their fears and self-doubt overshadow the positive things in their lives. She encourages empathy by sharing about friends lost to suicide, helping students understand how to get outside of their own problems and recognize the pain in others. Lastly, she demonstrates that while everyone has experienced some level of emotional or physical pain, no one needs to be alone – that there is help out there via mentors and others who care.
Students will learn how to:
Find a mentor to speak openly and honestly with about their thoughts and emotions
Recognize that EVERYONE faces trails – no one is perfect and we don’t need to feel ashamed when life is tough
Keep fear from controlling their thoughts and emotions
Take baby-steps to work through pain and achieve their goals
Get outside of their own pain and show empathy towards others
“Our staff and students want to give you one more big thank you! You had a powerful message that struck home with our students. We wish you the best and good luck in all your future adventures. “
KIM, high school counselor, Aztec, NM
"Kim's message truly allowed for students to speak up about their feelings, as well as hard seasons or times of life. It's difficult to find an environment where students are willing to discuss these hard topics, and emotional issues, but Kim created that environment."
SHANELLE, youth director
"I highly recommend Kim to speak at any event. She is passionate and personable. Two of the key things that drew our students to talk openly about what has been going on in their OWN lives. Everyone needs to know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. The kids would have her back in a heartbeat."
REBEKAH, youth director
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