Calmer Choice envisions a world in which young people lead lives of kindness and compassion towards themselves and others.
Calmer Choice is a universal prevention program committed to teaching young people how to effectively and safely manage stress and resolve conflict so that they live happy, healthy and successful lives. Our goal is to provide skills that will diminish the risk of violence, substance abuse, and other self-destructive behaviors.
Calmer Choice values the inherent dignity and worth of all human beings. To that end, our core set of values also includes the following: compassion and open mindedness; transparency, integrity and honesty; accountability; inclusiveness and a commitment to social justice; responsible stewardship of resources; respect for diversity; and a commitment to excellence while maintaining the public trust.
What is mindful awareness?
Paying attention in a particular way on purpose to what is happening right now, both internally and externally, with kindness and curiosity. By simply being aware of what is happening - "What sounds are here? What emotions are here? What thoughts are here?" - along with using ways to stay in the moment (focus on breath, focus on sensation or focus on kindness and gratitude) gives students the ability to regulate themselves; in this awareness they realize they have choices in how they respond to internal and external events.
About Calmer Choice's programs
- Calmer Choice is a community-based organization that partners with local schools to teach students personal and practical skills that can help them to increase their inner resilience, manage and reduce the impacts of stress, strengthen their ability to control their own emotional responses, increase their sense of well-being and improve their academics. Using these skills in real life situations may empower and protect children and adolescents against the negative effects of stress, violence and bullying, thereby diminishing the risk of violence, substance abuse and other self-destructive behaviors which can end with tragic results.
- Since it was founded, Calmer Choice has successfully provided this universal/primary prevention program, to more than 15,000 Cape Cod school children in programs held at 23 different schools across 8 separate school districts.
- Positive benefits of the Calmer Choice program for Cape Cod students have been identified by researchers from Yale University.