“Be the change you want to see in the world”
SFK IN NUMBERS
We go straight to the heart of it
In just 12 weeks, from the comfort of your home, your child will learn practical social-emotional tools that will strengthen their confidence in themselves and ignite compassion for others. SFK teaches children more than just how to improve their behavior – it teaches them to take a global perspective. It helps them see the ripple effect their individual choices have, not just on those around them, but on the world. At SFK we go straight to the heart of what helps children thrive. We help children – and their parents – connect with the deeper truth of who they are, why they are unique, and why it is important to share their gifts with the world. We help them to pause before they react, to manage their emotions with practical tools, and to make better choices.
Spirituality is a tricky word:
Here is what we mean when we use it.
At SFK we are aware that the word “spirituality” means different things to different people. When some think of “spirituality” it relates to ancient religious traditions rooted in faith. To some it means secular meditation and a practice of mindfulness in day to day life. We honor and celebrate whatever it means to you currently! Nothing we offer in our lessons will conflict with anyone’s belief system on the full spectrum of orthodoxy to atheism.
What we refer to as “spirituality” is simply the part of the child that is not the body and the mind. The ineffable, beautiful, unique “spirit” (in SFK we call it “Light”) that is inside of every child. It is the deeper, purpose-and-compassion driver core of who they each are. OR The Light is one’s core – where purpose and compassion reside and one’s character is defined. We seek to educate and nourish this part. So when we named ourselves Spirituality for Kids, we simply intended to communicate that we are a program that tends to the spirit the way a great school and healthy food nurture their minds and bodies. To raise a fully balanced child we need to tend the inner garden of each part of the child – mind, body, AND spirit.
SFK is a global non-profit that seeks to spread social-emotional education to every child, everywhere. In accordance with that mission, SFK charges those in communities (like the US) where the population can afford to pay and uses that revenue to subsidize the programs they offer for free in developing nations where children need to not only be offered the classes, but internet and laptops as well.
No, SFK is not religious. It is a secular social-emotional learning program. From the beginning, SFK has served all faiths and those who do not have a faith affiliation equally. Children from families that identify as Muslim, Christian, Jewish, “Spiritual but Not Religious,” and atheist have all participated and had the same positive outcomes.
Every child is equally at risk in this complex and ever changing world, and the SFK program was developed to serve them all equally. From affluent areas of Miami, NYC and London to the slums of Rio De Janeiro and rural villages in Africa – SFK has improved lives. It is considered best for kids between the ages of 6-12.
Most families say they spend 45 minutes per week for 12 weeks on the program, but everyone can choose their own pace. In Level One there are 12 short videos between 5-10 minutes in length with student activities that follow. You can go as quickly or as slowly as you choose.
“A child’s mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.”