REALIZING DREAMS for AMERICA'S YOUTH

We Give Youth a Voice and Choice in their Lives

1) Build Confidence 2) Increase Self-Awareness 3) Create a “GPS”, Game Plan for a Successful Future

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Thank you for helping us make a difference in student lives.

Our Goal: Collective Impact

50,000 Books from people making a difference
50,000 Books donated by Realizing Dreams

= 100,000 Books to the HOLIDAY BOOK Drive!

Realizing Dreams is not, not-for-profit. If desired, be sure to check with your tax advisor if you can deduct your donation.

“I completed a book about how to succeed in school and life. I feel awesome! I feel like I’m really going to do it!"

Also author, Cracking the Code to Student Success: Advancing Human Potential in Education and Health

Our goal is to unlock youth potential by providing students with a book that helps them think about and plan their future.

Please accept my invitation to join in the Realizing Dreams Youth Empowerment Movement. Thank you!

Jim Cantoni Founder, Realizing Dreams

What is it?

7 Steps for Empowering Youth: Self-Awareness Developing Grit and a Growth Mindset by Jim Cantoni is a keepsake reflective action journal for kindergarten to college student success.

What does it do?

It helps you powerfully express your thoughts and feelings about your interests, hopes, strengths, goals and dreams for your future. You will:

  1. Reflect on your passion.
  2. Discover your purpose.
  3. Find your path.

What will it do for you?

The goal is to help you take control of your life and create a personal “GPS”, Game Plan for a Successful future.

7 Steps for Empowering Youth

“The idea of discussing with a young child the idea of how to change/effect the outcome of their lives.”
– a Grandmother, Glastonbury, CT

Students

Educators

Empower a child one book at a time!

7 Steps for Empowering Youth builds confidence, promotes leadership, and inspires achievement in America's youth.

Fran Kennedy Berlin High School NEASC

What They're Saying

“In 7 Steps for Empowering Youth, Jim Cantoni gives students a voice and choice in life. In this reflective action journal, Jim accomplishes his goals to help students reflect on their passion, discover purpose, and find their path, while moving their inspired thoughts to clear, actionable steps that enkindle potential to impact their lives.

Jim helps put students and adults on the same page about plans for their future. Like a “GPS,”step-by-step, Jim’s book helps educators and parents transform student lives and bolster educational and emotional health.”

– Fran Kennedy

Associate Director, Commission on Public Schools, New England Association of Schools and Colleges
Retired Principal, Berlin High School, 2015 Connecticut High School Principal of the Year

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Plan futures. Transform Lives.™ Make kids happy. Parents Proud.™

Kindergarten

  • “Happy.”
  • “I made a plan.”
Empower elementary students with skills to succeed.

Elementary

  • “Planning my future.”
  • “Proud of myself”
  • “Exci[t]ded”
  • “Confident”
  • “I want to tell my mom what I want to do when I get older.”
Engage. Equip. Empower.™ middle students with skills to succeed.

Middle School

  • “Happy. Excited and proud.”
  • “Knowing my goals in life and how to complete them.”
  • “I feel very good because I planned my future.”
  • “I think my dad got a better idea on what/where I want to go in life.”
  • “I feel very confident I can do all that I have written.”
Engage. Equip. Empower.™ with a personal "GPS", Game Plan for a Successful Future.™ Self-Efficacy Life Skill Assets™ to succeed in school, college and career.

High School

  • “I found my life goal.”
  • “I now know what I have to do.”
  • “[It makes Naviance] Much easier.”
  • “I have the tools to think critically about my future.”
  • “I am now more motivated and determined.”
  • “I know what I am doing with my life.”
  • “I know what I want to do/who I want to be.”
  • “Happy because I now have a clearer view of what I plan to do with my future.”
Engage. Equip. Empower.™ college students with a personal "GPS", Game Plan for a Successful Future.™ Self-Efficacy Life Skill Assets™ to succeed in school, college and career.

College

  • “It’s AMAZING! I love it! It gets you thinking and to actually pour out what you really want to do. It’s the best feeling ever.”
  • “In just a few minutes, I was thinking about my goals in an entirely new way.”
  • “My goals seemed more concrete and achievable, and I was empowered to pursue them.
  • “My ambitions and the steps I would have to take to realize them were all listed on one page, allowing me to see them as interconnected.”
Build capacity and inspire teachers who can empower themselves and the younger population for student academic achievement and success.

Teachers & School Counselors

  • “Helped me learn about the kids.”
  • “I can help facilitate empowering myself and the younger population.”
  • “I was able to make a better connection with my students.”
  • “What they got out of it is a clear road map to their success and it came from inside of them. It made it easier for me to get them focused on what they want to do in the future, like getting in to college and doing positive things in their life. It made it easier to make them change.”
Enrichment Juvenile Justice Truancy Youth Services for Positive Youth Development. Put kids on a path to success. Students empower students.

Youth Services, Juvenile Justice & Truancy

“The book, 7 Steps for Empowering Youth is a simple tool for youth, their parents or any “trusted” adult to work together to develop a plan, a mindset, and goals for the future…youth were able to talk about and create personal game plans for their future dreams and goals with their parents.

We were able to witness the active parent-child collaboration and communication that this book can stimulate. It has the ability to enhance and link learning to the educational achievement and success of their children.”

Improve youth outcomes. Engage. Equip. Empower.™ teachers, school counselors and staff who inspire and empower students with self-efficacy Life Skill Assets™ for student academic achievement and success.

Coaches, Mentors & Community Partners

  • “The students feel very excited and encouraged.”
  • “They are identifying their goals and dreams early on.”
  • “It helps kids realize their self-worth and puts them on a path to successful futures.”
  • “The students feel very inspired to change their attitude toward how they view themselves and life.
  • “The students feel good about themselves and the impact they can have.”
Discover and link learning to students inner drive and go beyond familye engagement to family empowerment in your school, family and community partnerships with children and parents on the same page about their future.

Moms/Dads/Grandparents

  • “I’m happy he has a goal. Now they have insight what they’d like to be.” – a Hartford Mom
  • “Start thinking about their future.” – a Glastonbury Grandma
  • “I AM SO PROUD OF HIM. I AM SO PROUD.” – a Hartford Grandma
  • “I know better what my kids want to do when they grow up” – a Glastonbury Dad
  • “Now they are going to start accomplishing something.” – a Hartford Dad

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Meet the Author

Jim Cantoni

Meet the Author Jim Cantoni 7 Steps for Empowering Youth: Self-Awareness Developing Grit and a Growth Mindset. Also author of Cracking the Code the Student Success: Advancing Human Potential in Educaiton and Health
Meet the Author Jim Cantoni 7 Steps for Empowering Youth: Self-Awareness Developing Grit and a Growth Mindset. Also author of Cracking the Code the Student Success: Advancing Human Potential in Educaiton and Health