“I was able to make a better connection with my students.”
– Jessica, School Counselor
– Jessica, School Counselor
– Jadelyn, age 11, Hartford CT
– Aavonah, age 8, Danbury, CT
– John, age 15, Stamford, CT
– Nathan, age 15, Glastonbury, CT
– Margaret, age 13, Farmington, CT
– Jessica, age 15, New Haven, CT
– Christian, age 16, Berlin Ct
– Jacob, age 17, Berlin CT
– Ms. D., Elementary School Teacher, Waterbury, CT
– Krrish, age 8, Danbury, CT
– Camilla, age 9, Danbury, CT
– Nick and Lorenzo, age 15, Manchester, CT
– Mikey, age 5, Hartford, CT
– Michael, age 18, Berlin, CT
Build Confidence. Increase Self-Awareness. Discover Motivation. Develop a Growth Mindset. Boost Achievement. Bolster Social and Emotional Learning. Inspire Success.
“In 7 Steps for Empowering Youth: Self-Awarness Developing Grit and a Growth Mindset, Jim Cantoni gives students a voice and choice in life.Through this reflective action journal, Jim helps 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.
Like a “GPS,” step-by-step, Jim’s book helps educators and parents transform student lives and bolster educational and emotional health. In 7 Steps, Jim helps you ‘synchronize generations’ and put students and adults on the same page about plans for their future.”
– 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, and editor of Cracking the Code to Student Success: Advancing Human Potential in Education and Health – by Jim Cantoni, Founder, Realizing Dreams
Dear Educators, Mentors, Parents, Coaches, and Positive Youth Development Professionals,
At Realizing Dreams, our goal is to help you unleash our young peoples’ inner drive so the want to thrive. I help you accomplish this with empowerment tools and workshops that increase self-awareness and inspire potential in all ages. Our reflective activities help you build confidence, promote leadership, and inspire achievement in America’s youth.
Your kindergarten to college students will critically think about their life and powerfully express themselves using my keepsake reflective action journal. 7 Steps for Empowering Youth:Self-Awareness Developing Grit and a Growth Mindset, Including thoughts and feelings about interests, hopes, strengths, goals, and even what may be holding students back from reaching their potential. You will see how to create connections that strengthen relationships as they gain voice in their life. The self-awareness activities help you quickly see how to link student learning to self-motivation to achieve and succeed.
How do you use it? Just follow the 7 Steps! Students inspired thoughts move to action, and step-by-step, the 7 Steps guide all ages how to overcome life challenges and create a personal “GPS”, Game Plan for a Successful future.
I invite you to join in the collective impact of the Realizing Dreams Youth Empowerment Movement. It’s Positively Empowering!™
– Jim Cantoni, Founder, Realizing Dreams
“I was able to make a better connection with my students… and learn about the students and the different way of thinking.” – School Counselor
“I have the tools to think critically about my future.” – Madison, Berlin High School Student Leader
“I liked it because if made me feel like I have something more to do succeed in life like I need to keep pushing forward no matter what.” – Ullyses, Middle School,Hartford, Advisory Leader and Camp Counselor
“Before this workshop I was confused, I was always thinking am gonna fail but now am thinking positive.” – A Hartford High School Student
“Happy because I now have a clearer view of what I plan to do with my future.” – Maggie, Berlin High School Senior
“I feel very happy that I came today (10/18/17) because I feel like I can be someone in the future.” – Jessica, Hillhouse High School, New Haven
“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.”