Leverage your biggest asset: parents
Social-emotional learning (SEL) starts at home, yet even the best classroom-based programs struggle to tap into this valuable resource. Odyssey recognizes that parents are the biggest influencers on children, so we complement your school’s efforts by expanding SEL to the family setting, making it fun and easy for parents to play a leading role in growing their child's emotional intelligence (EQ).
The magic words: budget neutral
We understand budgets are stretched pancake-thin, so our unique model makes Odyssey available at no cost to schools and students' families. Our sponsorship structure lets you connect with businesses who share our mission to empower as many kids as possible with EQ skills. We strive to tear down socio-economic barriers and bring SEL to families who need it most.
Create a ripple that starts at your school
In just 10 minutes a week, our step-by-step program teaches families proven techniques used by psychologists to stamp out family conflict and pave children's way to happiness and success.
You play the critical role of jump starting the process until it becomes self-sustaining. Schools and teachers promote Odyssey, empowering parents to take the first step and start the program. Then our incentive structure motivates families to push forward. Eventually all that EQ practice deepens family relationships, creating positive reinforcement that generates more skill-building practice. Your school is integral in bridging that transition from external to internal motivation and instilling life-changing emotional habits in your students.Bring Odyssey to Your School
How does it work?
Odyssey guides families through dozens of fun activities designed for parents and children to do together. Activities can be done in 5 minutes or less from a phone, tablet, or computer. Perfect for families on the go!
Families earn points for each activity completed, and each point is a chance to win prizes. Teachers get a piece of the action by getting credit for their classroom points so they can win prizes too!
Exciting prize drawing events get students pumped up to earn points by practicing EQ. The brain is shaped by experience, and Odyssey uses guided repetitions to promote positive behavior changes.
A plug-and-play complement to your SEL and family engagement initiatives
Whether you already have a robust SEL program in place or you’re looking to implement your first initiative, Odyssey adds value by closing the loop between classroom-based learning and the home. Unlike most SEL programs, Odyssey’s unique approach doesn’t require training your teachers or staff. We give you all the tools necessary to activate parents with engaging communication templates and schedules that will maximize impact.
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This is a wonderful program that has allowed me to spend quality time with my son doing fun exercises that help him to develop his emotional intelligence. The exercises are short, simple, and fun. He is learning how to identify, describe, and resolve feelings which is something that is not taught enough, yet is so important to being able to navigate situations effectively. Thank you for this wonderful program!
Diana (school counselor)
Thank you so much for creating a program that gives families the opportunity to connect and dialogue in real, genuine and meaningful ways. Odyssey is powerful!
We did have a lot of fun. We had a random pack of different sized balloons so we made a few and then had a balloon fight after with the ones filled with air. It was a fun night and without the original task of making our stress ball, we never would have pulled the balloons out of the drawer. So thank you for encouraging an out of the norm fun Friday night for our family!
Heidi (school counselor)
As an elementary school counselor in VUSD for fourteen years, Odyssey has been the long awaited, evidence based Social-Emotional Learning resource that I've been waiting for! Odyssey is innovative in nature, engaging to students, and is designed to equip families with tools to nurture skills like, empathy, confidence, compassion, resilience, and more! Now more than ever, social and emotional development is essential to educating the WHOLE CHILD and I'm so grateful that I can finally share this amazing program with my student's and families. WELL DONE TEAM ODYSSEY!
Amy (parent and teacher)
As a mother and a teacher, I am so appreciative of the impact Odyssey has on children. While we are sheltering in place, my son and I start each weekday with an activity that will help our mindfulness and gratitude ... and Odyssey is perfectly aligned with this goal. My son loves being the hero and having me as his guide. Because of the kindness path in Odyssey, he has brought joy to many people in our lives who need extra love right now, especially through the letter he wrote to his aunt who is an ICU nurse helping COVID-19 patients. She said the letter brought her tears of joy and was exactly what she needed to keep going. Another part of his Odyssey path was to write letters of encouragement to two friends and deliver them at school. Since school is closed, we delivered the letters to his friends’ porches, along with a few treats. The feeling of joy my son felt in doing this inspired him to write more letters to brighten the days of more friends. The positive impact that Odyssey has on our emotional intelligence is incredibly powerful ... and now, more than ever, it is absolutely critical. Thank you for creating this opportunity for my son and I to develop our EQ each day, while bonding with one another and spreading kindness.