Be U: Surviving Junior High
*Be U: Helping Boys Become Confident Young Men
Scholars * Leaders * Athletes * Gentlemen
Why Be U?
Middle school signals the transition from childhood to young adulthood. Body changes, growing responsibility, peer pressure, and societal influences can make this a challenging and uncertain time.
Emotionally intelligent boys can better manage their own feelings, recognize and respond effectively to the feelings of others, acknowledge and tolerate frustration, and respond to situations in a more aware and grounded manner.
The Be U curriculum supports boys by focusing on compassion, courage, strength, conflict resolution, excellence, and giving back to others.
Be U helps boys develop confidence and gain an edge.
What is the goal of Be U?
Be U supports boys in becoming personally aware and confident. The curriculum reminds boys to be strong and courageous, but also open-minded and compassionate – essential skills for a respected and effective leader. Boys are encouraged to believe in their skills, follow their dreams, appreciate balance, and treat people and our planet with respect.
Be U offers a supportive community for boys even after graduation. When a boy graduates from Be U he will have the opportunity to assist with future classes and serve as a role model and mentor to incoming Be U boys.
Be U will offer annual events for graduates so they can continue their leadership education and stay connected to the growing Be U community.
What should I know about Be U?
What happens at Be U?
The discussion and activities will focus on:
The boy’s class will be taught primarily by Todd Adams. The girl’s class will have a similar, but gender-specific curriculum, and will be taught primarily by Cathy Adams. Toward the end of each session the boys and girls will combine for discussion and activity.
The intention of these sessions is to address issues and open a conversation - then it’s up to the parents to continue the discussion at home.
Todd and Cathy will offer suggestions and special Zen Parenting Radio audio to support each session – the intention is to create an open and ongoing communication between you and your child.
What is the cost of Be U?
Cost: $180 ($30 per session)
Where is Be U?
All six sessions will be at The Dailey Method, Elmhurst
When is Be U?
Fall session schedule:
Parents meeting – Tuesday, August 27 – 7:30-8:30 pm
Session 1 – Tuesday, September 3 – 7:30-9:00pm
Session 2 – Tuesday, September 17 – 7:30-9:00 pm
Session 3 – Tuesday, October 1 – 7:30-9:00 pm
Session 4 – Tuesday, October 15 – 7:30- 9:00 pm
Session 5 – Tuesday, October 29 – 7:30-9:00 pm
Session 6 – Tuesday, November 12 (Graduation) – 7:30-9 pm
Spring session dates are TBD
How do I recommend a boy for the Be U program?
We are looking for boys who meet ONE or more of the following criteria:
· A caring and courageous spirit
· A natural confidence or leadership ability
· A talent in a sport or in the arts
· A creative thinker or a gifted student
Be U seeks boys who are individuals; strong and compassionate young men who are open to learning and willing to be a leader and role model.
Click here for recommendation form.
A boy can be recommended by his parent.
Be U sounds great, but will my child enjoy it?
There will be deep and meaningful discussion, but there will also be food, music, humor, relaxation, and play. We plan to capture their attention, have fun, and inspire them to be their best!
Who are the creators and facilitators of Be U?
Cathy Cassani Adams, LCSW, CPC, CYT – Cathy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a PCI Certified Parent Coach, a Certified Elementary School Teacher, and a Certified Yoga Instructor. She is the author of The Self-Aware Parent (2009) and The Self-Aware Parent Two (2011). She is a columnist for Chicago Parent and a blogger for Chicago Now, and she offers retreats, presentations, and family yoga in Chicagoland. Cathy worked for many years as a Child and Family Therapist and Clinical Educator at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago, and she currently teaches in the Sociology Department at Dominican University.
Todd Adams – Todd is a salesman and real estate investor/property manager in the Chicagoland area. Todd is a certified instructor for the Institute of Heartmath where he was trained in stress reduction and relaxation. Todd and Cathy host a popular weekly podcast called Zen Parenting Radio (finalist for Best Health and Lifestyle Podcast 2012) where they discuss conscious parenting and living well. Todd is currently a soccer coach and Junior Achievement educator at the elementary school level. He teaches parenting classes with Cathy and he runs a local men’s group that focuses on conscious living. Together Todd and Cathy have three girls ages 10, 8, and 5.
Any other questions?