Athena’s Path™ (for girls) & Hero’s Pursuit (for boys) is social leadership curricula for middle schools. Our programs teach students skills and processes that help them learn to resolve conflict, handle stress and develop a stronger sense of self. The social drama of middle school can take up valuable learning time and provide distractions for your students. Our programs can help your students build strong leadership skills and provide guidance for the social drama.
This curriculum is designed for use by schools during the school day. The teacher’s manual is easy to follow, and the structure allows you to pick the lessons and the timing that fits your school’s needs.
The program is only available to schools. Please review our Terms and Conditions for use to ensure that this curricula fits your program needs.
Students in Athena’s Path™ & Hero’s Pursuit Learn How To:
- Creatively solve problems
- Demystify the social pyramid of middle school
- Use positive communications techniques
- Approach new situations with flexibility
- Diagnose healthy and unhealthy friendships
- Create “exit strategies” for unhealthy relationships
- Differentiate between constructive and deconstructive criticism
- Respond to mean comments
- Take positive risks
- Win (and lose) with tact
- Cultivate their own unique leadership style
We are happy to talk with you by phone or email about any questions, but here are some of the questions I get asked most often about the curriculum.
How do schools fit Athena’s Path/Hero’s Pursuit into the school day?
Most schools use Athena’s Path(TM) and/or Hero’s Pursuit curriculum as a rotating elective, along with courses like band or art. Some schools teach the program during advisory periods, extended lunch, or as a retreat before school begins. Some schools use the curriculum as part of the guidance program.
Can Athena’s Path/Hero’s Pursuit be taught in an after-school program?
Yes! The curriculum is flexible enough to fit into your after-school program. The program is divided into 45-minutes lessons. If there is more time, we include discussion points, games and activities to reinforce those lessons. However, we recommend in-school programming. We have found that in-school programming is more effective because it reaches a broader audience, which can have positive effect on the overall school culture. And please note in the Terms and Conditions that schools may not charge for these programs.
We do have a summer camp program for Athena’s Path and Hero’s Pursuit. We would love to talk with you about bringing our summer camps to your school. Contact: email@example.com.
How much does Athena’s Path/Hero’s Pursuit cost?
The only cost associated with starting an Athena’s Path(TM) or Hero’s Pursuit program is the cost of a curriculum Leader’s Guide for $299. The manuals cannot be reprinted so, ideally, you would have one manual per teacher. We recommend 8 to 15 kids per group for ideal interaction and bonding, with one adult leader. Ideally, mature high school or college students can serve as mentors and “junior counselors” to assist the leaders. There are no site license or renewal fees associated with the curriculum.
How do I purchase the curriculum?
First, please review the Terms and Conditions for use. To purchase the curriculum, just click here to fill out our order form. We will then send you an invoice. When we receive payment and the signed contract, you will receive the curricula within ten business days.
How do we select the right teachers?
Teachers in the school are the best leaders for this program since they know their students and their issues the best. It’s also a great way for teachers and students to form a deeper bond and have a lasting impact. The right teacher is critical to the success of this program. For the best fit, look for teachers who are:
- good listeners
- open minded
- empathetic and inclusive
- willing to interact personally with students
- strong enough to hold kids accountable for learning tools
Can a community member or parent teach the program?
Generally, we say “yes” to community members and “no” to parents at the school. Community volunteers who know the middle school age and stage can work well. Our schools have used student teachers, faith leaders, police officers, and social workers. However, we discourage you from using parents at your school as instructors. The students can have a difficult time being honest and open if a parent of another student is leading the group. Also, a parent could have a personal interest in teaching this program (whether it be to help her child fit in, to work through personal issues, to become friends with her children’s friends, etc.) which could skew the group dynamics.
Can I see a sample lesson?
Is teacher training available?
The teachers’ manual is written in a step-by-step manner that makes the curriculum easy to teach with little advance preparation, so training isn’t necessary. However, if you would like a custom training for your group, we can work with your school. Michelle often offers teacher training in conjunction with her parent speaker events at schools.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.