Four questions for schools with heart …
What if you could raise money for your school
AND support a charitable cause
AND spread courage, love, hope and kindness
AND support this with resources and a training program for teachers called Dare to Lead™#daringclassrooms based on the research of Dr Brené Brown?
We may just have the answers!
Raise money for your school:
Little Courage Hearts is a giving program and we’d love you to consider these small, fabric hearts as a way to raise funds for your school, to help support the disadvantaged communities who make them, and to spread the message and values of courage, love, hope and kindness that are so needed in our families, schools and wider communities.
Support a charitable cause:
Little Courage Hearts are small, fabric hearts filled with volcanic sand from the lava rock of Mount Batur in Bali. In the mountains north of Ubud, a group of young people who are deaf, stitch together unique and perfectly imperfect hearts! There is a significant stigma associated with a disability in Bali and many of the youngsters are orphaned. Building their skills to enable them to run a small business making Little Courage Hearts means they can generate sustainable livelihoods. Each heart comes with a beautiful card which tells this story as well as space to write your own message.
Spread courage, love, hope and kindness:
A Little Courage Heart can be kept in a pocket, placed under a pillow or in children’s school bags and squeezed when comfort or courage is needed. They can be given to friends, parents, grand-parents, teachers or even strangers to show them you care, to celebrate an occasion or to simply say ‘thank you’.
Much more meaningful and for the same price as a greeting card, Little Courage Hearts could also complement or replace the chocolate, hot-cross bun and fun runs that so often form part of school fundraisers. Why not encourage all your students to take some home to share with friends and family?
And why not have some always available at your school so that this important message can continue to spread throughout the year?
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about how this giving and fundraising program can work for your school community.
Little Courage Hearts also provide an opportunity to integrate or use the fundraiser to support relevant activities in the school curriculum.
Here are some examples:
- Learning about values such as courage, love, hope and kindness and embedding them in the classroom and school culture
- Learning about the culture of our closest, neighbouring country – Bali/Indonesia.
- Finding out about what life is like being deaf and perhaps learning some sign language.
- Learning about geology, geography, volcanoes and their impact.
- Teaching courage building skills (see information below on training teachers in Dare to Lead™#daringclassrooms).
What we also know is that ‘Courage is Contagious’
Dare to Lead™#daringclassrooms:
Based on the work of well-known researcher, storyteller and best-selling author Brené Brown, we offer the curriculum Dare to Lead™#daringclassrooms for your staff and school community. This is delivered by our Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator (CDTLF) who is one of only a few to be qualified and trained to provide this in Australia.
You and our staff may be familiar with Brené, who is a research professor at the University of Houston. She has spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy, and most recently completed a seven-year study on courageous leadership. She is the author of five #1 New York Times bestsellers: The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, Rising Strong, Braving the Wilderness, and Dare to Lead, which also debuted at #1 on The Wall Street Journal and Publisher’s Weekly lists. Her TED Talk – ‘The Power of Vulnerability” – is one of the top 5 most viewed in the world and her Netflix special – ‘The Call to Courage’ – has been highly acclaimed.
The most significant finding from Brené’s latest research is that courage is a collection of four skill sets that are teachable, measurable, and observable. The Dare to Lead™ program focuses on developing these courage-building skills and ideas for implementation in the classroom.
Principals and teachers who successfully complete the Dare to Lead™ program conducted by our Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator (CDTLF) will receive a Certificate of Completion and a Dare to Lead™ Trained badge that can be placed on their LinkedIn account.
We share Brené Brown’s view that teachers are some of our most important leaders and if you would like to find out more about this program, please contact email@example.com.
“We can’t always ask our students to take off the armour at home, or even on their way to school, because their emotional and physical safety may require self-protection. But what we can do, and what we are ethically called to do, is create a space in our schools and classrooms where all students can walk in and, for that day or hour, take off the crushing weight of their armour, hang it on a rack, and open their heart to truly being seen….. and what I know from the research is that we should never underestimate the benefit to a child of having a place to belong… it can and often does change the trajectory of their life.” Brené Brown
Thank you for allowing us to answer some questions you possibly didn’t even know needed asking! We’d love to help you raise money for your school AND help turn your children’s classrooms into ‘daring classrooms’.