Youth Programs

ArtEsteem - Attitudinal Healing Connection (AHC) - Oakland, CA

AH Innovations educationSince 1995, AHC’s award-winning art and literacy program has helped develop creative, engaged and successful children/youth through building knowledge and emotional, social, academic and intellectual skills.

ArtEsteem engages students and supports their positive development – body, mind, and heart. The program help keep children and youth interested in school through creating individual and collective educational excellence across academic subjects.

In addition to art classes for children and youth, ArtEsteem Art Instructors provide professional development consulting and hands-on training for educators in art curricula –and also in support of academic subjects (e.g. science and social studies) – to help teachers develop visually engaging and hands-on methods that improve student involvement, comprehension, and critical thinking.

Participants discover how to self reflect and dream, as well as focus on their tasks and “follow through” by completing their art projects. Methods used by ArtEsteem guide students to think practically about the world and their abilities to manifest positive and creative outcomes. Classes also build students’ language and math literacy, aesthetic appreciation, listening and performance skills. Students learn – through dialogue, reading, and writing – conceptual understandings of social, historical, and cultural topics to engage and inform their minds, and develop the whole child, in expansive ways.  

For further information please contact Amana Harris, Executive Director, at [email protected] or 510.652.5530

Children’s Wilderness Day - Centre for Attitudinal Healing - Perth - Perth, Australia

Children's Wilderness DayThe Children’s Wilderness Day, a camp for children living in refugee camps or recently released from detention centers.  In 2013 the program had 32 children from diverse cultures between seven and nine years of age. 

In Co-Founder Meneesha’s Machalka's words, “It was something we have been dreaming and planning for a few years now, and it was absolutely magical.  Through free play, cubby building and exploring out in the bush the kids were able to start to share their stories, explore their feelings and also just be kids. They were enjoying, many for the first time, being safe and playing."

To learn more about this innovative program, please contact the Centre for Attitudinal Healing - Perth at [email protected]

Elige - CECURA Guadalajara - Guadalajara, Mexico

eligeLucero Aguirre, Founder of CECURA Guadalajara, is currently in her third year of implementing the Elige Program along with a leadership team of 7, the program is a cultural adaptation of the Power to Choose. The program was piloted in 2013 at a local elementary school serving over 500 children and 100 parents and teachers.

The leadership team made cultural and structural adaptations to the program in order to work directly with students, parents, and teachers. The success of the pilot led to requests from other public and private schools at which the program was successfully implemented.

The CECURA Guadalajara leadership team has successfully trained teachers at a number of schools to implement the program. This team made the program culturally relevant and accessible to children, teachers and parents by introducing other elements such as storytelling, arts, and consolidating the manual.

For further information please contact Lucero Aguirre, Program Facilitator, at [email protected]

Oakland Super Heroes Mural Project - Attitudinal Healing Connection (AHC) - Oakland, CA

superHeroes 285x168The Oakland Super Heroes Mural Project is West Oakland and Emeryville’s first large scale mural revitalization and beautification project. As part of the planning process, AHC surveyed residents of the Hoover Corridor Neighborhood where the murals will be immediately located. Community members were asked to describe positive and negative aspects of the neighborhood as well, as their hopes and dreams for the community and future public art pieces. Responses determine the content of the murals. AHC will be hiring mainly Oakland based artists to paint the murals, as the whole process will promote and exemplify community collaboration from beginning to end.

The murals will be designed and conceptualized by local middle and high school students. The project is giving youth the rare opportunity to be critically engaged in a public forum and really allowing their voices to be heard.

For further information please contact Amana Harris, Executive Director, at [email protected] or 510.652.5530



Power to Choose

gambiaPower to Choose is an innovative curriculum for children and youth with Attitudinal Healing as its foundation. It was first developed at the founding Center for Attitudinal Healing in Sausalito, CA, in a support group format. The curriculum was then further developed by the Hawaii Center for Attitudinal Healing.

Power to Choose aims to tap into the inner potential of children and youth in order to create leaders that make healthy and positive choices in their every day life. Children and youth will be equipped with an array of tools to enhance their decision making process, uplift their self-esteem, cultivate their leadership, and empower them to be agents of change.

Power to Choose is a versatile curriculum that is adaptable for in-school and after-school programming along with flexible time frames that adapt to the needs of children and youth. The curriculum integrates Attitudinal Healing, youth and leadership development into one unique model that builds healthy and safety communities where children and youth can thrive and feel empowered by the decisions they make.

Attitudinal Healing International offers direct support for Power to Choose program design, setup, launch, and evaluation. In addition to the ongoing support, AHI, also offers Facilitators Training for the Power to Choose program.

For further information please contact Diana Alonzo, Youth Programs Coordinator, at [email protected] or 877.244.3392 ex.705



Power to Choose - Center for Attitudinal Healing - Mongolia

ptc mongoliaThe CAH-Mongolia under the direction of Founder, Undarlaa Battogtokh successfully implemented the Power to Choose program in five schools in the capital, Ulan Bataar. The youth in these schools are ages 12-15. The program met weekly for 3 hours and served a total of 66 participants during the 12 weeks.

The CAH-Mongolia applied for funding from Swiss Development Agency for the Power to Choose program implementation and received funding.

For further information please contact Trish Ellis, International Communications Coordinator, at [email protected]



Power to Choose - Hawaii Center for Attitudinal Healing - Honolulu, HI

The Hawaii Center for Attitudinal Healing implemented the Power to Choose program for eight consecutive years until 2012 in a public high school serving grades 9-12. During those 8 years, over 1000 students were impacted by the Power to Choose program via the 12-week session, the support group model, and/or the freshman orientation program. Vicky Schneider re-launched the Power to Choose program in 2014 and is currently working with the second cohort of the program in a middle school.

For further information please contact Vicky Schneider, Youth Programs Coordinator, at [email protected]



Youth Leadership - Cameroon Center for Attitudinal Healing

Abdou Tasha, Founder of the Cameroon Center for Attitudinal Healing, is currently in his second year of implementing the Youth Leadership Program, a cultural adaptation of the Power to Choose. The program piloted in 2014 and is currently active. Abdou works directly with 14-18 year olds at the Governmental Bilingual High School Deido in Douala Cameroon.

Abdou has offered the Power to Choose Facilitators Training in Douala, during which several youth participants from the first Youth Leadership Program attended. Once trained, youth participants served as Youth Assistant Facilitators during the second cohort.

Abdou looks forward to the expansion of the program and more opportunities for youth to develop their facilitation skills.

For further information please contact Abdou Tasha, Program Facilitator, at [email protected]