Does your middle school need a Social Leadership Curriculum? If social drama eats up valuable learning time, and if you want to build strong leadership skills among your students, our programs can help! Athena’s Path (for girls) & Hero’s Pursuit (for boys) teach students skills and processes that help them learn to resolve conflict, handle stress and develop a stronger sense of self.
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
My staff and I are happy to talk with you by phone or email about any questions you may have, but here are some of the questions I get asked most often about the curriculum.
How do schools fit this into the day?
Most public schools use Athena’s Path and/or Hero’s Pursuit curriculum as a rotating elective, along with courses like band or art. Some private schools have also taught the program during advisory, extended lunch, or as a retreat before school begins. Many schools also use the curriculum as part of the guidance program.
Can this be an after school program?
Yes, but…we recommend in school programming. Obviously your school will reach fewer students after school (due mostly to transportation issues and sports/activity conflicts). We have found in general that in-school programming is much more effective and reaches a broader audience. Having said that, in Idaho the program was implemented as an after school program in conjunction with Americorps. It was a huge success!
How much does it cost?
The only cost associated with starting an Athena’s Path 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 1 to 3 leaders. If suitable for your institution, 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?
To purchase the curriculum, just click here to fill out our order form.
How do we select the right teachers?
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 speaking, we say “yes” to community members and “no” to parents at the school. Community volunteers work well. Our teachers’ manuals are easy to follow. We’ve worked with schools who’ve used student teachers, faith leaders, police officers, and social workers. However, we discourage you from using parents at your school as instructors. Even if a parent doesn’t have an obvious connection to your group, the students will 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.) and none of these are good for the group.
Can I see a sample lesson?
Is teacher training available?
No. The teachers’ manual is written in a step-by-step manner that makes the curriculum easy to teach with little advance preparation. However, we’re happy to answer any questions and help in any way.CURRICULUM FAQs