About us

About Spirituality for Kids International, Inc

Spirituality for Kids International Inc. (SFK) is a 501(c)(3) educational non-profit organization founded in 2001, that develops online spiritual social emotional learning (SSEL) programs for kids, based on engaging videos, animations, games, art activities, journaling and more. By fostering universal spiritual intelligence in addition to the core competencies of SEL, children have been shown to grow into more balanced, happy and responsible individuals and citizens of the world.

Our award-winning video-centric curriculum is comprised of two consecutive courses, geared for children ages 8-12: Winning in the Game of Life™ and Exploring the Journey of Life™.  The courses helps kids develop inner strength, recognize their potential, overcome challenges, develop a sense of purpose in life, and grow their belief in themselves.  

The program is available online for at-home use, and on DVD and printed workbooks for classroom or professional use. Spirituality for Kids’ charitable arm empowers volunteers around the world to teach group classes to children in foster homes, prisons, hospitals, afterschool programs, and in schools and organizations in underprivileged areas (see locations here).

Vision

We believe every child in the world, regardless of their background or faith, should have access to spiritual social emotional education early in life so they can make better life choices for themselves and the world around them.

Mission

Our mission is to develop more programs, translate them into more languages and bring Spirituality for Kids’ tools to as many children as possible around the world, in order to help them manage life’s challenges and make better decisions and in so doing, change the course of their lives and benefit future generations.

Goals

The goal of our program is to encourage children to:

  • Develop self-awareness;
  • Reflect on their purpose in life;
  • Make wise decisions and understand the impact of their choices;
  • Build resilience and treat challenges as opportunities;
  • Learn behavioral tools to bring more fulfillment into their lives;
  • Tap into their inner strengths and develop self-esteem; and
  • Awaken their desire to make a difference in the world around them.

History:

Starting in 2001, SFK classes were taught in schools and community-based organizations in major cities in the US. In 2007, after an outcome study by RAND Corporation confirmed that Spirituality for Kids programs were having a positive impact on children’s behavior, the program expanded to seven countries in eight different languages.

In 2012, the SFK program moved to an online model, so that any child(ren) and adult(s) can do the program together, at home or in classroom settings.

About Our Programs:

The two levels of the Spirituality for Kids curriculum are Winning in the Game of Life™and Exploring the Journey of Life™.

LEVEL 1: Winning in the Game of Life™

Winning in the Game of Life™ uses the analogy of a game. In life, just like in a game, we have rules, goals, players, and challenges. In this level of the curriculum, children discover the basic guidelines to win in the game of life:

  • Life is like a game and also has a goal, rules, challenges and an opponent.
  • There is an ultimate goal in the game of life: to achieve spiritual fulfillment.
  • There are rules in the game of life: the universal spiritual laws of the universe.
  • There are two players in the game of life: our two inner voices – our True Voice and the Opponent Voice.
  • There are challenges: these are opportunities to help us become the best we can be.
  • We all have a spark of Light (the source of all positivity, strength, clarity and certainty) inside of us.
  • This source is always available to us.
  • We can choose to listen to our True Voice at any time.
  • Greater effort leads to greater fulfillment.
  • Sharing has power and makes room for us to receive more.
  • We are all connected. Our choices affect everyone, not just us.
  • Change begins with me.

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LEVEL 2: Exploring the Journey of Life™

Exploring the Journey of Life™ uses the analogy of a journey with the help of a compass and a map, and takes children on a deeper exploration of the universal spiritual laws. In order to achieve our goals – personal or global – we first need to know where we are and where we’re going.

  • Every cause has an effect and every effect has a cause.
  • When we take responsibility we are being the cause. When we choose to blame others we are being the effect.
  • Each one action that we do can affect he people around us and the world.
  • When we share outside of our comfort zone we are able to receive more Light.
  • When we judge other people or situations, we don’t see the whole picture and might not make the best choices.
  • We all have a spark of Light (the source of all positivity, strength, clarity and certainty) inside of us.
  • Resistance is when we stop our impulse and make sure our actions will lead to long term fulfillment.
  • When we overcome our fears, doubts and insecurities, we can reveal our hidden gifts, talents and skills.
  • Our words have power and determine the type of effects we have in our lives.
  • Appreciation helps us hold on to the blessings we have in our life and make room for even more.
  • Challenges are opportunities that show us how we can improve and grow.

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Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. (casel.org)

Through our programs, children develop the core competencies of SSEL, taking SEL to a deeper level. By fostering spiritual intelligence in addition to the core competencies of SEL, children have been shown to grow into more balanced, happy and responsible individuals and citizens of the world, enhancing their own faith or spiritual beliefs.

How we define Spirituality

  • Looking inward to fulfill our potential to achieve happiness, love and joy.
  • Looking outward to foster positive connections with other individuals and with the greater community.
  • Instead of using ethics and morals to encourage positive behavior in children, true spirituality teaches children to understand and recognize the chain of cause and effect.
  • Being aware of the interconnectedness between ourselves, others, and the world.

programs

Winning in the Game of Life™ and Exploring the Journey of Life™ make up a stepped, fun and interactive program that can be adapted to the needs and pace of every child. The adult determines the amount of time needed for each lesson. On average, each lesson can be taught in 45-50 minutes and serves as a foundation for the next lesson, so learning must take place in the presented order.

The curriculum is designed to meet the needs of each student, employing a variety of learning approaches such as visual, auditory and kinesthetic, through the use of engaging videos, animations, games, art activities, journaling and more.

Video lessons are the centerpiece of the program. The videos take the role of the teacher, which allows the parent or classroom teacher to become a facilitator, guiding the kids through the activities and encouraging self-reflection and deeper thinking. Through questions, the teacher allows the child to reach their own conclusions and apply the concepts to their lives.

Each video lesson is supported by a variety of fun activities, such as art projects, journaling, animation skits, games and recommended literature, which all reinforce what the child has learned and allow for the transition from knowledge -> change in attitude -> change in behavior to occur.