The nationally acclaimed program, socialsklz:-) tools to thrive in the modern world kicked off its first ever programs outside of New York City in Greenwich in June.
Workshops were taught by founder, author and Today Show contributor Faye De Muyshondt at the Stanwich School.
“Beyond academics, these are the skills that every child need for life success starting at the playground and ultimately at the workplace,” Ms. De Muyshondt explains. “They are teachable and learnable and it’s important that we don’t just assume that kids will pick the skills up along the way.”
Designed for neurotypical kids and young adults, the program has been called “not your mother’s manners classes” by MommyPoppins.com.
Ms. De Muyshondt founded the program while teaching at New York University at the Steinhardt School in the department of media, culture and communications.
She noticed that while her students were often brilliant academically speaking they were often missing the soft skills that are vital for a job interview and workplace readiness.
She began teaching a class there, entitled The Brand Called You and quickly saw how responsive her students were and how self-confidence-building these skills were.
“Just like anything else in life, when skills are taught, they can be mastered with practice and repetition,” Ms. Muyshondt said
However, she said these are the skills that aren’t taught in school and often the closest lesson in this subject matter is a critical remark from a parent in public. Ms. De Muyshondt teaches skill such as how to make a good (and authentic) first impression both in-person and digitally, conversational skills, dining savvy, persistence and perseverance, gratitude and attitude as well as independence skills.
Ms. De Muyshondt is the author of the award winning book socialsklz:-) for SUCCESS: How to Give Children the Tools To Thrive in the Modern World. Parents magazine calls it a “cutting edge manual for raising polite and safe kids in the digital world.” socialsklz:-) workshops, camps and back2school programs will continue to run throughout the summer, fall and winter at different locations in Greenwich.
For more information call 212-579-5300 or visit Socialsklz.com.