Cultivating character, confidence and compassion in young people, Nebraska and beyond!
Inspiring more youth in more places to create a more respectful, thoughtful and kinder world by providing fun, accessible curriculum that teaches manners, leadership and emotional intelligence for LIFE.
"Let it begin with me."
*Courteous Kids was created in 2006 after determining that a love of children, the gift of teaching and a desire to teach hands on life skills affordably to ‘everyday kids” would become the mission for its Founder.
*With the assistance of Creighton Law School, Courteous Kids became a recognized 501C-3 non-profit in October 2013.
*Life Launch was introduced in 2018 for our more mature audience which still includes social skills basics, but adds a focus on leadership, service and grit.
Our name has changed in 2020 to Life Launch Academy and the brand now includes a continuum of character building courses to prepare all ages for life's challenges..
The mission of Life Launch Academy is to provide fun, interactive curriculum to assist in building a continuum of competencies from basic everyday social skills to emotional intelligence, leadership and service for ages 4 through young adults. Life Launch Academy is designed to be an affordable resource for both families and organizations serving primarily low to moderate incomes.
WHY IT MATTERS
*According to The Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention and Treatment, “there are 4 to 6 million students who are at risk for developing anti-social behaviors. No school can afford to neglect basic etiquette and social skills. Not only can etiquette programs help curb anti-social behavior, but they also teach students the skills they need to be successful in various social milieu.”
*85% of work promotions are based off of positive social skills and the ability to be a good team player.
A high EQ (emotional intelligence) translates to dollars in the work place. People with high EQ's can make up to $29,000 more annually than workers with low EQ's (Emotional Intelligence 2.0).
*Fewer than half of high school students across the country feel they’re ready for college and careers (YouthTruth, 2015).
*In a study by Harvard writer and educator, Richard Weissbourd, more than 50% of teens feel it 's more important to have good grades rather than be a good person.
LIFE LAUNCH ACADEMY: PROVIDING THE FUNDAMENTALS OF SOCIAL SKILLS AND CHARACTER
Life Launch Academy is an educational continuum designed to provide the necessary tools to build young people’s confidence for a variety of social settings and is designed to reinforce what is taught in the home. From deciding which fork to use, to safely navigating social media, to preparing for a job interview and providing service work in our communities, students learn how to express themselves thoughtfully and respectfully through an interactive, hands-on approach to etiquette that makes it fun to learn and easy to remember for LIFE!
Classes are constructed by age bracket and professionally written by teachers. Classes are offered as a one-time class or as a continuum. To keep program affordable, our programs depend on the generosity and of churches, schools, community centers and similar venues. If you have a potential classroom spot where you'd like to have one of our programs, please contact us.