Australian research reflects staggering statistics regarding anxiety, bullying, despondency, self-harm, suicide in young people aged 7 – 17 years. Pressures on kids include school, family, social media and social concerns. I’ve rolled my 30 something years of work as a human potential expert, prize-winning author and mentor into a fun, upbeat program, Hot Confidence for Kids. The program will inspire, instruct and guide kids aged 7 – 12 years and their parents. Hot Confidence for Kids will deliver strategies, tools and techniques to build confidence, happiness and resilience.

 “As a parent it’s heartbreaking to see (these) prevalent stories of depression, anxiety, self-harm and suicidal tendencies amongst our young people, let alone as Health Minister,” The Hon Sussan Ley. Minister for Health.

Recent studies show a high proportion of young people struggle with:

  • Worry
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Low self-worth
  • An inability to express themselves
  • A reluctance to talk to parents or teachers about their problems

This can result in depression, and a raft of mental health issues including self-harm.

In a media release issued on 7th August 2015, Ms Ley concluded that the findings from the “Second Australian Child and Adolescent survey of Mental Health and Well-being” were “confronting, sad and shocking”. For example, “A staggering quarter of teenage girls aged 16-17 self-harm.”

 Behind the News, ABC’s current affairs program for kids, surveyed 20,000 Australian children. Data from this survey include:

  • 2 out of 3 kids experience bullying
  • 1 in 5 children won’t talk about their problems
  • 33.3% of Australian Kids say they usually aren’t happy

There’s an undeniable need to give students and their parents strategies, tools and techniques to:

  • Raise self-worth
  • Develop social skills
  • Expand self-awareness
  • Increase communication skills and
  • Provide accessible, engaging fun ways to build resilience

Now, more than ever before, it’s time to give our children appropriate tools, techniques and strategies to bounce back when things get tough, define their boundaries, speak up for themselves and build their confidence so that they can thrive at school, home and play.

The first relationship that must change in order for our kids to be happy, resilient and able to embrace opportunities – is the relationship they have with themselves. Beyond that, knowing how to communicate effectively with others is fundamental to feelings of belonging, being understood and ultimately feeling the fulfilment of contribution to our communities.

Hot Confidence for Kids, an upbeat, expertly crafted Holiday and After-School Program, launches on the Sunshine Coast this Easter Holiday, to provide these urgently required skills to young people aged 7 – 12 years.

1. Your help in getting the word out to young people and their parents would be much appreciated. 

2. Also any ideas as to how to spread news of the program would be so very much appreciated.

The Hot Confidence for Kids Program launches in Queensland with plans to expand Australia wide and Globally to ensure young people have what they need to:

  • Discover their strengths
  • Speak up and speak out
  • Construct a safe space within
  • Determine their line in the sand
  • Bounce back when things get tough
  • Communicate positively with self and others
  • Recognise, make and maintain healthy relationships
  • Find the flexibility to meet and manage life’s challenges
  • Develop the courage to be who they are, whatever they perceive other people may think

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April 5 and 6 2016 sees Connect with Confidence kick off in Doonan, Sunshine Coast with the After-School Program available from the 19  April in Noosaville.

Hot Confidence for Kids is here for kids who are:   

Struggling with low self-worth, worry, anxiety, isolation, bullying

Flourishing and want to improve their talents and abilities and to be happy and thrive even more

We would like to let parents know that Hot Confidence for Kids is here to guide their kids to build their confidence, communication skills, self-esteem, levels of happiness and bounce-back-ability.

If you are touched by this cause you can help in 3 ways:

  1. Your great ideas as to how to spread news of the program would be very much appreciated.
  2. Your help in getting the word out to young people and their parents would be valued deeply. 
  3. You may know someone who is qualified as a coach, educator, psychologist, teacher or counsellor who would be interested in facilitating the program in his or her school or community.

Your support in letting people know that Hot Confidence for Kids exists, might mean avoiding self-harm, increasing joy and perhaps even saving the life of a young Australian.

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