The following came by email from the mom of an Athena’s Path™ graduate. Her name has been changed.
(More importantly her life has been changed.)
Rachel had a girl that she met the first day of school and considered her a friend. A series of fairly minor events happened that exploded into Rachel being the recipient of bullying from this girl. Because she had considered her a friend, it completely blindsided her and she was so hurt. She didn’t tell me about it for about 2 days but finally came to me and talked about it. We had a very good conversation which of course broke my heart but I was SO impressed and proud of her perspective and she referenced several techniques that she had discussed/learned during camp.
I mentioned the situation to her teachers during our conference but asked them not to get involved yet, just to be aware and I wanted to see if they could work out the situation on their own.
Rachel didn’t mention anything for several days and I asked her about it again early this week. She said she wasn’t worried about it anymore, she had gone to the girl and used several of the “tools” she learned at camp and we had talked about and the girl ended up coming back to her apologizing and telling her how sorry she was that she had hurt her feelings so much.
I am positive she would not have had as much confidence to handle the situation without having attended camp this Summer.
I feel certain there will be other issues we encounter over the next several year but I am so grateful she has these “tools” to help her navigate these next several years. What an incredible program Athena’s Path™ is!