Bounce Back Families UPower Presentation
‘Sara helped bring a clear understanding of the importance of resilience and developing the need to have the courage to face the challenges as a family.’
Cynthia Martino ~ Principal ~ Stoney Creek ON
Cynthia Martino ~ Principal ~ Stoney Creek ON
‘Believe in You!’ Most of us have said and heard these words – words of advice that are given so easily. As simple as ‘Believe in You!’ sounds we all know it can be hard to put into action, especially if we hear negative opinions and are faced with challenging circumstances.
It’s important that we help our young people figure out who their “You” is, so that when we say ‘Believe in You!’ they know what that means and how to do it.
In this fun, interactive, meaningful presentation, which includes both speaking and singing, I share three activities that will help you support your children in figuring out who their ‘YOU’ is.
This will help them develop their Confidence so that they can Bounce Back from challenges. Just because they may not have the confidence and resilience they want right now, it doesn’t mean forever – it just means they don’t have it YET.
‘What a pleasure it was to have Sara Westbrook as our opening attraction to our ‘Meet the Teacher’ evening. Her message of building Resilient and Confident children as well as giving our students and their parents the tools to develop their goals and dreams was absolutely engaging through her beautiful music and heartfelt personal stories. By far one of the most amazing performers we have had who instantly connected with parents, students and staff.’
Principal – St Clair Catholic Board of Education
‘Our students were pumped with Sara’s interactive and dynamic UPower concert. Sara’s simple yet powerful message deeply resonated with our students, parents and teachers. She reminded us that when faced with difficult circumstances that we have a choice in how we respond to each situation and that our choice affects the outcome that we want to have. She challenged us to reflect on our choices to determine if we will achieve our desired ‘end results’.
‘Sara Westbrook’s performance is outstanding! Through her talents she is able to captivate the audience and deliver a lasting message that students will take with them throughout their lives. She builds a positive rapport with them and this is evident in her ability to maintain their attention throughout her performances. She has had a lasting impact on our school.’
"What a pleasure it was to have Sara Westbrook as our opening attraction to our ‘Meet the Teacher’ evening. Her message of building Resilient and Confident children as well as giving our students and their parents the tools to develop their goals and dreams was absolutely engaging through her beautiful music and heartfelt personal stories. By far one of the most amazing performers we have had who instantly connected with parents, students and staff."
We have been using UPower journals in our classes for a couple months now and they are a big hit! I keep them very private (locked away in a cupboard) so students know that no one else can read their private thoughts. We use them almost on a daily basis and the students get very excited to write down what is on their minds; the class is never more quiet. It is a great release for them and with the small personal stories and activities from Sara, it helps focus their thoughts but also reassures them that they are not alone. The positive messages in the journals keeps my kids smiling in the morning and I often hear them talking about what they have read. I could say so much about the journals, Sara, we really do love them!
Using the UPower journal with our students has given us the opportunity to teach them the importance of being resilient. Students bring many issues with them to school each day, some we are aware of and others we are not. Journaling gives them the opportunity to write openly about their own experiences and feelings. Sara’s personal stories and writing prompts and encourages students to think about the importance of being “themselves” and understanding that they do not have control over all of the situations they are faced with but they can control the way they choose to respond to them. The UPower journal’s activities helps them understand how to make choices based on their character and not based on their feelings all the time. It allows them to reflect on their days and teaches them that their choices are important. Finally, the UPower journal helps students to think about the people they want to be and the steps they must take to accomplish their goals.
"Throughout this school year we have been fostering a growth mindset among our staff and students. Learning to set goals, work hard and to bounce back has been part of our character growth process. Sara reinforced all these messages. Sara’s positive energy, personal storytelling and music engaged our children and inspired them to respect themselves, others and their dreams. Many of our students exited saying 'that was the most inspiring experience I have ever had.' Thank you Sara for a day we will never forget."
"Sara shared a powerful and effective choice-making ‘formula’ that we hope will make a positive impact on the lives of our students. Sara inspired students to demonstrate respect for self and others through UPower understanding that no matter the circumstances, we have the power to own our choices and respond with respect, even in the face of disrespect."
"Our students were pumped with Sara’s interactive and dynamic UPower concert. Sara’s simple yet powerful message deeply resonated with our students, parents and teachers. Sara engaged our students with music, interactive movement, storytelling and an empowering life message. She reminded us that when faced with difficult circumstances that we have a choice in how we respond to each situation and that our choice affects the outcome that we want to have. She challenged us to reflect on our choices to determine if we will achieve our desired ‘end results."
"Sara Westbrook is a voice that must be heard by all your FDK- Grade 8 students. She presented two concerts at our school;( for FDK-Gr.3 students the ‘Reach for Your Dreams’ UPower Concert and for our gr. 4-8 students the “Respect and Resiliency’ UPower concert). Her concert gave our students hope and a sense of control that they sometimes feel they don’t have. Our students felt that anything is possible with the right amount of confidence, risk taking and attitude. This concert definitely fit into our school’s annual Safe School Plan and Health Action Plan. Sara’s upbeat personality, beautiful singing voice and original songs kept the students engaged throughout the entire concert. This concert is truly a great investment in helping to create a positive school climate that supports every child!"
"Sara’s enthusiasm, genuine warmth and energy immediately engaged our students. She was able to connect with so many through her dialogue, music and the authenticity of her story. Sara’s message about “personal choice” and being “who” you want to be, certainly resonated with our student body. Since Sara’s presentation I have heard a lot of positive feedback from parents, students and staff about how “real” her presentation was and how empowering her message of “choice” was. Sara’s presentation and her ability to connect with students is outstanding."
"It is with great pleasure that I write this note of endorsement for Sara Westbrook and UPower. Our community was engaged by her energy, enthusiasm and most importantly her vital real messaging. She connected with the students from the onset, whether it was through dialogue, song or storytelling. She is a natural and great inspiration to those that are fortunate enough to hear her message. Sara is the U in UPower, great work and hope to connect once again. By far this was one of the most impactful presentations I have been a part of!"
"In a world where growing up can be incredibly tough, Sara Westbrook delivers a message to children and adults that reinforces that ‘We are Somebody’ – that our God-given dignity and enormous potential deserves to be recognized and celebrated. Her message reinforces that we all have the ability to be resilient, even when things are tough. Sara’s interactive and energy-filled presentation captivates audiences from kindergarten to grade 8. I would recommend Sara’s presentations and workshops to anyone who wants to build a culture of resiliency and respect in their school."
"Sara Westbrook was able to engage our entire student population by using her musical talents and her personal story! Our students were fascinated by her voice, obvious talent, and by the strategies she personally uses in her own life to overcome rejection, challenges and struggles. We love the fact that her message aligned with our "I Choose" anti bullying campaign, and also with our focus on cultivating a Growth Mindset. Further to all this, Sara did not leave our gymnasium until she had interacted with the several students who were waiting to connect with her on a one on one basis. We appreciate her time, enthusiasm and contagious energy."
"Sara is an authentic presenter who connects to students of all ages. Intermediate students related to her personal stories of struggling with self-confidence, negative thinking, and dealing with others' judgements. They enjoyed hearing her messages about her real-life challenges and the strategies she shared to overcome these challenges. Students of all ages loved her energy and enthusiasm and she had them up dancing and moving. She is an engaging and motivating presenter."