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CIJ: Insight for Life

What is the CIJ Insight for Life for Kids and Teens course?


A powerful course created for kids and teens where they are able to discover their unique talents, learn valuable tools and self-empowerment techniques that prepare them for success at school and in life.

This awe-inspiring course focuses on mindfulness and emotional intelligence. Based upon methodology first taught at Stanford University’s famed Creativity in Business Course (CIB), the 8 week program is designed to take kids and teens on a profound journey into unearthing their creativity, tapping into their purpose, and thereby activating their full potential. Using practical tools and techniques the CIJ Insight For Life Instructor will empower kids and teens to understand who they are and how to empower resilience in their lives. Ultimately, the course helps kids realize their true potential while learning life skill practices they can use for their entire life.

Here Are The Results

The Program

This 8-week course is designed to provide students with a competitive edge by helping to foster and develop the powerful creative potential within them.

Specific benefits and outcomes often include the following:

  • Innovative problem-solving and consistent breakthrough thinking to find creative solutions to complex problems.

  • Communication skills that foster self-confidence so kids can stand up to peer pressure/bullying, and better communicate with family and friends.

  • Mindfulness tools to cultivate focus and attention for better results in academics and sports.

  • An understanding of life purpose and creative passions.

  • Tools and techniques to help develop a new relationship with organization for dealing with time management and stress.

Each student walks away with:

  • A deeper understanding of who they are

  • Practical approaches for creating what they want

  • Tools and techniques to help guide and support them into middle school, high school, and/or college, and into life with motivation, direction, and self-reliance.

Program Structure and Themes

The first 4 weeks are spent on building a foundation in essential tools for creativity and problem solving:

Week 1: Faith in Your Own Creativity – Cultivating Creativity
Week 2: Absence of Judgment (Anti Bully work) Cultivating Confidence
Week 3: Mindfulness – Cultivating Focus and Attention
Week 4: Powerful Questions – Cultivating Intuition

The next 4 weeks are spent on moving more deeply into the tools as students apply them to four general school/life challenges:

Week 5: Purpose and Vision – Cultivating Gifts and Talents
Week 6: Time Management – Cultivating Organization
Week 7: Relationships – Cultivating Compassion
Week 8: Bringing Your Creativity and Vision into the world- Cultivating Courage


Each student will come away with a deeper knowing about who they are, practical approaches for creating what they want, and the skills to move on to high school, then college, and into life with motivation, direction, and self-reliance.

Here is what the science says, according to TIME MAGAZINE, about the effects of mindfulness on children in the September 2016 Special Issue:

Fourth and fifth graders who participated in a mindfulness and kindness program showed better social behavior than their peers and were less aggressive and better liked.

The mindfulness group had math scores 15% higher than their peers’. In a separate study 41% of meditating middle school aged kids gained at least one level in math on state standardized test.



Even third graders can get Zen. Eight weeks of mindfulness and yoga resulted in fewer ADHD symptoms and less hyperactivity- and the effects lasted for months after the program ended.

Three years after a meditation program was implemented at a troubled middle school; suspension rates dropped from 28% to 4% and teacher turnover plummeted.

At a school in Richmond, CA teachers reported better focus, self-control, class participation and peer respect in kids who followed a mindfulness program, compared with their levels before the program.

Just 9 lessons of a mindfulness program led to lower depression scores, less stress and improved well-being in British kids ages 12-16, compared with students who didn’t participate in the program