When I was younger, I thought of high school as a time for learning, hanging out with friends and discovering my personal boundaries. It certainly had its challenges, but they never seemed insurmountable. That is why I was shocked when five suicides occurred in my son’s high school. I could not understand why any young teenager would think that life was not worth living! This made me want to understand and learn the challenges that students face in high school today. After getting certified as an integral coach, I reached out to many teenagers to get a deeper understanding and a broader perspective of their day to day experiences. I also spoke to educators, talked with therapists and attended several related conferences. What I discovered was rather sobering and eye-opening.
I found that due to the multiple demands on their time and energy, teenagers have a lot more than academics and friendships to worry about. The technology, that is meant to improve and simplify their lives, is actually making its own demands on their limited time and causing additional stress and anxiety. They are at an age when they want to be independent and as such, they are not always comfortable approaching adults with their problems. In addition, their bonds to close friends are very tight and they often go out of their way to help them. In cases where their friends are facing any emotional challenges, this can take a heavy toll on them. I realized that a majority of them are lacking the skills needed to handle the plethora of new challenges they have to face.
This birthed the idea of Vivensity – a platform to learn and share skills they need to handle their academic, social and emotional lives.
We can all agree that as the custodians of our future, we are all collectively invested in the success of the next generation. So it is incumbent upon all of us to pay attention to the epidemic of stresses plaguing our youth.
The youth and students of today are increasingly stressed by academic and other pressures. This can lead to anxiety, emotional instability, alcohol/substance abuse use, and even suicide! Unfortunately, most youth simply lack the tools to cope.
This is where Vivensity comes in. We believe that an effective solution to this problem lies in helping students learn and practice life skills enabling them to develop a clear understanding and awareness of their individual strengths and areas for development. It is our mission to help empower our youth with the life skills to achieve their highest potential.
Our Approach Works!
After 3 years of extensive research with over 1000 students, teachers, school administrators, counselors, therapists, coaches, and several product re-designs and pilots, we feel that we have finally cracked the code with our solution.
Most gratifying to us was the feedback from the student themselves. Here are some samples:
“Your videos affected me as a person and how I make decisions. Vivensity really helps me get through the early struggles of my life.” – C.W.
“Instead of caring about what other people think about me and worrying if
everyone will like me or not, I will only care if I like who I am.” – K.F.
“This video really got my attention because I get distracted by my phone or video games when I could be doing school work that can improve my grade.
One thing I will do differently is making a schedule for things that are important,
like school work, and put in breaks for phone use or video games.”- F. M.