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Spotlight on Excel Arts Academy, upcoming events and this week tips

Posted on May 14, 2018 at 2:55 AM

In this week’s blog we will share with you an interview we had with the founder of Excel Arts Academy Mrs. Shelomi Doran-Bakhuis, another example of a Transformational Leader in Curaçao; we will invite you to the upcoming Master Your Mind-platform session on the 17th of May; we will invite you to our next Top Habit workshop at Chit Chat Mensing's Caminada on the 24th of May; we will invite you to attend a workshop Mastermind Book discussion on the book The TOOLS that will start on the 29th of May till the 3rd of July and we will end with some personal uplifting tips as video links. We will upload one every single day on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

Excel Arts Academy, an example of Transformational Leadership
The vision of Excel Arts Academy is to: “Offer to children, youth and young adults an education so that they can discover and develop their life goals, their talents, character and skills to become excellent and exemplary citizens, that are able to actively be involved in the development of their society, as role models”.

We asked the founder of the movement Shelomi Doran-Bakhuis how it all started
“The Excel Arts Academy movement was founded in Curaçao in 2000 and it became a foundation in 2006. Based on my own experiences as a child and student, as a young girl I was very shy and insecure and I didn’t excel in the more cognitive curriculum, but I did very well in arts, singing and dancing.

I was able to overcome my shyness and insecurities by expressing my creative talents, resulting in improved self confidence and as a result of that, improved school grades. I concluded that the traditional educational system basically doesn’t enable students with artistic talents to develop their potential. Based on my own experiences, I became more and more determined to start my own Academy for children and youth with a more artistic profile and intelligence. This became my passion. My own experiences have proven to me, that if you can develop students whom are more talented in arts and culture, this can help them develop and increase their self confidence, perform and achieve better grades at school and ultimately achieve more in life. They can then help others in their development”.

30 Graduates of the Excel Arts Academy, biggest milestone yet
After a long journey of learning while we were teaching as the Aacademy, on the 13th of April we had our graduation ceremony of the first cohort of graduates of Excel Arts Aacademy. Almost 30 Youth Leaders whom were relatively unknown to the general public graduated. Most of them work or they are students in the educational sector and/or social sector or as teachers or they are involved in social work or they are social pedagogic counselors etc...but quite a few of them are “young entrepreneurs”, having their own creative businesses. These graduates participated or have guided different artistic, cultural, social and educational events, aimed at planting deep seeds in the heart and souls of people. Some of these leaders up to this day are investing time in Excel Arts Academy and others excel in the society as responsible employees, business men, creative parents and as role models in the society. The academy has contributed to create champions of change, pioneers that can lead in a creative way and according to high standards, any kind of organisation, family, even a nation in the realisation of their vision or whatever BIG goal they might have”.
(Picture Extra.cw > Facebook Page of Excel Arts Academy. For more pictures of the ceremony: /binwak.com/gallery/#2018/April%202018/Gruaduation%20Excel%20Arts%20Academy)

We asked Shelomi about their new slogan: “Excel Arts Academy More than Arts, It’s a lifestyle”.
“Their abilities and skills levels that were honed over the years, going through an intensive proces of individual change, has made them bright shining torches, role models and examples for the whole of the society. This while Excel Academy as an organization itself was also learning along the way in this journey. We considered it appropiate and important, to give them a diploma after all these years and present them at the same time to the larger public of Curaçao. They not only finalized the curriculum successfully, but also showed their dedication and commitment to the larger vision of the Academy, to help a larger number of children, youth and young adults, by working consistently on their own continuous development, to make this possible”.

The next level of leadership development
“During the graduation ceremony of the abovementioned first cohort of leaders that graduated, we launched the next level of leadership development phase called: “The Change Champions Leadership Academy”. Its aim is:

“To bring their leadership skills to an even higher level”. CCLA just as “Excel Arts Academy” is a personal initiative and vision that I have. Its mision is: “To equip and transform leaders, youth and adults to enable them to live a life with high ethical standards and enable them to use their talents and skills to educate and equip others to become excellent and dignified citizens in our society”. Considering the high number of youth involved in crime, we would also like to focus on prevention towards socalled “At risk youth”.

We want to approach youth in certain neighborhoods and schools to be part of this new Academy. We will train more mentors and teachers/coaches so that we can address this matter in a more focused and professional way”.

“We recruit newbees from 3 – 5 years old; 6 – 12 years old and youth from 12 – 30 years old. We give presentations to the public in general, by spreading leaflets at schools and certain neighborhoods and via social media.

We also get the parents involved in the artistic development of the students, in some cases as mentors, and as they experience the positive changes in their children, they share these stories as ambassadors with their family, friends, colleagues and others, because of the strong positive messages and influence Excel emits”.

What is the strategy being used?

“Art is an integral part of the daily life of youth and it plays an important role in the development of their own identity as a individual. It is part of the life of a “Yiu di Korsou”. At the Academy, art as a curriculum is presented in a lively and experiential way. This triggers students as individuals to go and seek ways and means to experience arts and culture. Because the youth are very much into experimenting, arts and culture is an excellent way to help and support them in their own internal journey to develop their talents, to help to express their feelings and thoughts and to become aware of their emotions. The teachers and mentors of the Excel Arts Academy are very focused to enable students, based on a positive approach, to become aware of what they feel in themselves, how they interact with others social-emotionally; they are also focused on acquiring knowledge, skills and the right attitudes”.

“In this coming academic year we will focus again to close the gap in the development of the mental, social-emotional and physical development of those under priviledge children, youth and young adults, so that we increase their chances of becoming worthy citizens, able to participate fully in our society. We aim to reach at least 80 parents, foster parents, family members or people living in the neighborhoods attending our artistic shows and programs, that we will offer to certain neighborhoods. We will offer 3 times a year presentations to a group of at least 20 parents, foster parents or family members to inform them and stimulate them to uplift their educational skills levels. Involvement of these groups is important, because of the need for sustainable development and support needed to learn new attitudes, values and norms, that students agreed to adapt as part of being in the Excel Arts Academy-program’.

How important is it to create behavorial changes that stick?
“My goal is to reach as much people as possible to enable lifestyle changes so that they can gain better mastery over their lives and become better citizens. For these changes to be sustainable I coach some of them “One-on-One”.

“The curriculum of the Academy is based on core values that forms the foundation of their education and development. We teach the importance of having an exemplary life in all areas of their lifes. Positive peer pressure and a family feeling among the students and we entice them to be exemplary role models. On a continuous basis, coaches and mentors have group meetings where in and open and transparent way, they discuss with one another and support one another. This is happening for years now.

Our mentor program is based on peer mentoring & cross-age-mentoring. The program consists of 6 phases divided in 3 cycles. The student is being guided in different areas of their life and the mentor/guide walks one-on-one with the trainee/student. The Excel Arts Academy-program and method is based on experiential learning and “Art-therapy”. All the participants in the project via this method has the opportunity to learn from their own perspective, responsibility and authority aimed at realization of their personal development goals. At the end of each year, we have an event or play where all students of the Academy can participate. From April on, every class starts with their preparations for the event that this year will be on the 16th of June. This year it will be in collaboration with Hoben On. Regarding collaborations, we collaborate with different boarding schools and other orgnizations. We intend to, as of this year, expand our collaborations by working more focused and with an emphasis on prevention in some neighborhoods and schools in Curaçao.”

Appeltje van Oranje award
Shelomi, we would like to congratulate you because Excell Arts Academy has just won a so-called “Appeltje van Oranje”-award. This is a very prestigious award for organizations in the Kingdom of the Netherlands. We hope that you stay the course and keep leading Excel Arts Academy and the newly formed Change Champions Leadership Academy (CCLA) to new levels of depth and also expand your wings laterally, to transform growing numbers of leaders to influence our society in a positive way. As Share2uplift we totally support you efforts and are totally aligned with your goals.


The goal of the core group of Share2Uplift for 2018
As the Share2Uplift movement our goal for 2018 is to identify 250 ethical leaders to be empowered by 21st century mindsets and are connected and collaborate with one another to create value for the whole of the society. As Share2Uplift we are fully trying to align with this thinking of Center for Curriculum Redesign to promote this agenda in our educational systems and workplace. So in that sense we fully support any initiative to make our educational system 21st century proof.

Share2Uplift aligners are those that:
– Create an inspiring vision of the future;
– Motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision;
– Manage delivery of the vision;
– Coach and built a team, so that it is more effective at achieving the vision.
These criteria are now being polished.

We also consider these 5 values of the most important ones for Share2Uplift aligners. They are:
• Peace from within;
• Compassion;
• Respectfulness;
• Integrity;
• Responsibility.

As we will progress towards this goal we will update you on the progress.
Visit the website for more information.

Our next MYM-platform session
We would like to invite you to our next MasterYourMind- platform session, that will be this Thursday, 17th of May (3rd Thursday of the month).
Time: 7 - 8.30 pm sharp.
Venue: Biblioteka Nashonal Korsou
Entrance fee: FREE
Books to be presented:

In this upcoming sessions Eelco Baak and Ivan Kuster will present these two books:

“The seven habits of Highly Effective people, powerful lessons in personal change, by Steven Covey. Presenter: Eelco Baak eelco@eelcobaaklifecoaching.com

And “No Sweat, how the simple science of motivation can bring you a lifetime of fitness, by Michelle Segar. Presenter: Ivan Kuster ivan@upliftingcuracao.com

Our goal as the Share2Uplift movement is to enable changed mindsets in Curaçao. One of the most effective ways is reading. Hope to see you and bring along a friend whom is also interested in personal development. Click to attend! 

Our next Chit Chat Mensing's Caminada workshop Haydee Hermans and Ivan Kuster on the 24th of May

Click to attend and more info @ www.facebook.com/events/2119026144979265/

Workshop Mastermind session (NEW ACTIVITY) on the book The TOOLS
We would to invite you to a Workshop Mastermind session on the book The TOOLS, to be facilitated by Haydee Hermans (Soul Garden) and Ivan Kuster (Uplifting) as of the 29th of May till the 3rd of July (5 sessions). In 5 weeks we will facilitate and discuss in this bookclub the 5 tools presented by Phil Stutz and Barry Michels in their book. It will help you find courage, creativity and willpower. So don’t miss this opportunity and reserve your spot in this group.

Time: 7 - 9 pm sharp.Venue: Soul GardenEntrance fee: Ang 475,-

Join these workshops!

Personal coaching tips
This week we will continue focusing on some personal tips aimed at changing your mindset as video-links to uplift you. Every day we will upload one of these links on our Facebook.com/share2uplift page.

Fault Vs Responsibility by Will Smith FULL SPEECH - YouTube

SUCCESS PRINCIPLES - Motivational Video 2016 - YouTube

LOVE YOURSELF | Positive Morning Motivation (very motivational) - YouTube

The Science Of Happiness - Motivational Video - YouTube

How To Stop Caring What Other People Think - MOTIVATIONAL VIDEO - YouTube

RETRAIN YOUR MIND - NEW Motivational Video (very powerful) - YouTube

Categories: Share2Uplift, 21st Century Mindsets, Influencers