ARC

“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity”  -Albert Einstein 

 

Imagine a world where every child felt empowered and was confident in their strengths to flourish and achieve over-all well being throughout life, regardless of the challenges they will invariably face. This is the vision of the 1214 Foundation.

Our program guides children through personalized character development that highlights their strengths, builds confidence and enables them to better regulate their emotions. We accomplish this through a curriculum, based on applied positive psychology and mastery experiences through the theater arts.

Our mission is to foster grit, resilience and flourishing in children.

We want the children of our community and the whole community itself to thrive and flourish.  One of the key ways that we can achieve flourishing following a traumatic event, is through a concept of post traumatic growth. Although being overwhelmed and negatively impacted by trauma is a natural reaction to life events, it turns out that with the right tools and focus, we can all experience growth following trauma—meaning that we can experience wellbeing through positive transformation.

The life skills we teach help bring about post traumatic growth, while helping kids become resilient in the face of daily challenges as well. In addition to resilience our ARC graduates will also have increased grit. Grit is the psychological construct that passion and perseverance toward long term goals leads to greater wellbeing and success. Grit, in fact, is a greater predictor of academic success than IQ and can be cultivated and learned. The ARC curriculum combined with the musical increases grit because it helps kids identify their passion and supports them as they persevere through demanding rehearsals.

The specific psychological constructs taught in our ARC curriculum which lead to resilience, grit, and ultimately flourishing are: self-regulation, self-awareness, and self-efficacy. These are the words you would find in academic journals, but for our purposes, since our curriculum is designed for children, we use the more common words of managing emotions, recognizing strengths, and building confidence.