Athena’s Path and Hero’s Pursuit Curriculum FAQ
Curious about Michelle Icard’s award-winning curriculum for students? Athena’s Path and Hero’s Pursuit social leadership programs prepare students for the challenges they’ll face in middle school and beyond. Here’s what you need to know to implement as part of a before or after school program, or a summer camp opportunity in your group or school.
How do schools fit this into the day?
Most schools use Athena’s Path and/or Hero’s Pursuit curriculum as a rotating elective, along with courses like band or art. Some schools have chosen to offer the program during advisory, extended lunch, or as a retreat before school begins. Many schools also provide the curriculum as part of the guidance program.
Can this be an after school program?
Each situation is different, but we recommend in-school programming since your school may reach fewer students after school due mostly to transportation issues, sports or activity conflicts. We have found 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. You will want to purchase enough guides to keep your group size functional. We recommend 8 to 15 kids per group for ideal interaction and bonding, with one to three leaders. In order to use the curriculum and have rights to use the name of our program, a Leader’s Guide is required for each leader. 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. Most schools require a purchase order, which we can provide to you after you give us basic information.
How do we select the right teachers?
The right teacher is critical to the success of this program. For the best possible 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?
We’ve worked with schools of all sizes. Sometimes a school simply doesn’t have enough available staff to teach this program. You can certainly use community volunteers to instruct this program. We’ve trained everyone from student teachers, to clergy, to police officers, to 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 may 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. Generally speaking, we say “yes” to community members and “no” to parents at the school.
Are sample lessons available?
Is teacher training available?
Yes! If you would like custom training at your site, please contact us.