KDSL Global interviews Power On

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Our KDSL Global Intern recently had the opportunity to interview Sara Shadravan, Executive Director of Power On. PowerOn is a California-based youth empowerment non-profit organization helping youth, parents and educators to discover their intrinsic value as human beings by providing meaningful educational and coaching experiences.

How did you get involved with Power On?

After 25 years teaching oversees in International schools, I returned to the US and was increasingly aware of the stress, anxiety and low self-esteem facing youth today. Bullying and school shootings are on the rise, parents are worried about their children and their futures, and educators feel overwhelmed. A group of leaders, educators and mental health professionals came together to think about what was needed to transform school communities and Power On was founded in September 2017. We are a youth empowerment organization. We help youth, parents and educators to discover their intrinsic value as human beings by providing meaningful educational and coaching experiences. In these, we address core challenges facing these three audiences and provide them the tools and techniques needed for them to create personal and professional success.

 
What are your inspirations for focusing on social emotional learning?

The power of perspective is real and social emotional learning is essential in promoting collaboration, self-reflection and resilience. Understanding your true value, what makes you happy and how you can contribute to your communities provides security in unpredictable times. Based on current research, positive psychology and youth input, we address the issues uppermost in the minds of youth today. How can I make a difference in the world? What does my future hold? Who can I count on? Do I have what it takes to be successful, how will I know? Am I safe?

 
Tell us about the variety of workshops your company offers.

We offer four different workshops catering to Youth, Parents and Educators. For youth – a 12 module interactive inquiry based program focusing on understanding your true value, what makes you happy and how you can contribute to your communities. Based on current research, positive psychology and youth input, we address the issues uppermost in the minds of youth today. How can I make a difference in the world? What does my future hold? Who can I count on? Do I have what it takes to be successful, how will I know? Am I safe? We explore the concepts of self, community, perspective, power and privilege and self-advocacy.

For parents – a 7 module workshop introducing the power of positive Psychology and personalized parenting. How to make the most of what you have to offer and how to grow your child’s potential and passions.

For educators – a 7 module workshop introducing a strengths approach in the classroom. How to give your most and identify the best in students. We focus on growing the good first, rather than fixing what is wrong first.

Train the educators – this is a training for educators to become trainers of the youth program. An introduction to inquiry based teaching and learning.

We also offer personalized coaching for parents.

To learn more about Power On
https://poweronpeople.org

https://www.facebook.com/PowerOnPeople/
https://www.instagram.com/poweronpeople/
https://www.linkedin.com/company/poweronpeople/

 

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Sara Shadravan is known for her enthusiasm and her love of learning. Currently, she serves as the Executive Director of Power On.  Power On is a youth empowerment non-profit organization helping youth, parents and educators to discover their intrinsic value as human beings by providing meaningful educational and coaching experiences. She has a background in Montessori education and has worked for the past 25 years, as a teacher, curriculum developer and educational leader to transform school communities. She has worked extensively in South East Asia, the Middle East and Southern Africa, opening International schools that foster independence and open-minded inquiry.  Sara advocates for a holistic approach to education in which parents, teachers and students are equal stakeholders in the learning process. She has led parent-teacher associations, hosted community events and run extracurricular learning experiences for students and parents. She worked with the IBO to provide training to local teachers in Cambodian schools and partnered with the Ministry of Education in Swaziland to improve local preschools. Sara returned to the USA two years ago and is delighted to leverage her extensive expertise to assist youth, educators and parents to identify their personal qualities and passions. She holds multiple teaching credentials and is a certified coach from the Institute for Social & Emotional Intelligence.  As Director of Power On, she hosted youth retreats and worked with the Charter School Grace Hopper Stem Academy to pilot the strength- based inquiry program that facilitates growth in Social Emotional Intelligence. Sara has three grown daughters and two grandchildren.

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