EMPOWERING AMERICA'S YOUTH

Realizing Dreams helps you inspire potential. Together, we give our youth a voice and choice in their lives.

Are your students future ready?

“Ready to face the future.”

– Christian, Berlin High School Student Leader

Need to inspire staff? Meaningfully engage families? Empower Students?

Build Confidence. Increase Self-Awareness. Discover Motivation. Develop a Growth Mindset. Boost Achievement. Bolster Social and Emotional Learning. Inspire Success.

Fran Kennedy Berlin High School NEASCIn 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

“Empowered. Learned to think of school less stressfully.”

– Josh, age 16, Berlin High School Student Leader

“Realizing Dreams has powerful tools that engages kids and sets them up for success.”

– Otha Thornton, President of the National PTA, 2013-2015

“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!"

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

Ready to inspire students and STAFF so they feel like this?

“I can help facilitate empowering myself and the younger population.” – A teacher in a large urban school district

“My life is more clear.” – Jadeyn,  Hartford Middle School Student

Inspire and motivate Juvenile Justice youth and students to get on a positive path. Enrichment development. intervention. stay in school.

Results-Based Accountability. Students presenting outcomes to the Board of Directors. What did I accomplish? Am I better off? Why?

“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

Host our Realizing Dreams: YES! Youth Empowerment Summit!

Engage Students. Create Connections. Strengthen Relationships.

In school, after school, in college and at summer camp, we all want to inspire students to  boost achievement and link learning to improve youth outcomes.

I’d be happy to guide you how I do just that and create connections that strengthen relationships in your school-and family-community partnerships for student success. Together, we will go beyond family engagement to Family Empowerment™. My goal is to help you “synchronize the energy and experience of generations and transform lives™” with kids and adults on the same page about their future.

Contact me to facilitate or train your staff how host a Realizing Dreams: YES! Youth Empowerment Summit at your place of choice.

– Jim Cantoni

Founder, Realizing Dreams

Author, Cracking the Code to Student Success: Advancing Human Potential In Education and Health – where you learn how to do what I do in about 20 minutes!

Creator, Teamwork and FamilyPlay™ – Empowering Youth Through Positive, Purposeful Play.™ and author of the companion reflective action journal that moves students inspired talk to action, 7  Steps for Empowering Youth:Self-Awareness Developing Grit and a Growth Mindset.

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

Educators

Students

“No one inspired me like you.”

– Jessica, Hillhouse High School, New Haven, CT

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 into 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

Thank you for  making a positive difference in all that you do!

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

Jim, let's collaborate! Together, we can, and we will,

Inspire Potential. Synchronize Generations. Transform Lives.™