High school students are planning a day of special activities with the theme “Find Your Balance: How to Cope Workshops” on Monday, April 1 for their fellow students in grades 6-12. Nine Juniors in the Educational Service Center of Northeast Ohio’s First Ring Student Leadership Academy are coordinating the event as a part of their project on mental health, specifically learning to deal with daily stressors such as school, activities, sports, family, friends, and relationships.
Students will have the opportunity to participate in four 25-minute sessions throughout the day. Topics include mindfulness and meditation, outdoor walking, art and drawing to relax, journaling, therapy dogs, board games, healthy eating, yoga, journaling, and more.
Teachers and staff will lead the sessions.
A special presentation from Jessie Funk, a nationally-recognized motivational speaker, author, and musical artist will present to the students during the day. Then that evening, she will headline an event at Gilles-Sweet Elementary at 6:30 p.m. This event is geared towards both parents and students.
Jessie Funk holds a leadership certification from the University of Notre Dame, is a certified life-coach, holds a B.S. Degree in Psychology, as well as a M.A. in Theater- emphasizing in how to use the arts as a healing modality for teenagers. Jessie is a former leadership facilitator for Franklin Covey and has also been a professional youth speaker for fifteen years, speaking for high schools and leadership conferences all over the country.
She is a 6-time published author and her passion to help teens led her to start an international non-profit organization called “Ivy Girl Academy,” a confidence and leadership training program for teen ladies.
As a professional vocalist she has released five solo albums, has toured 36 states with the Broadway musical “Footloose,” has also been hired for hundreds of recording sessions as a studio vocalist including songs heard on TV’s “America’s Got Talent,” ESPN and “The Biggest Loser.” Jessie has walked away from three record deals unwilling to sell her soul for fame. She chooses to use her voice to lift and inspire in positive ways.
She also just began a life-long dream of pursuing a doctorate degree. She is earning her license as a clinical social worker and focusing on therapeutic leadership training practices for her dissertation. Jessie’s favorite role in life is that of adored wife and mother to two.