Armed to Know, a year-old, non-profit organization aimed at “arming” teens and parents with need-to-know information on contemporary concerns, will kick off the New Year on Monday, Jan. 28, with a free-to-attend session revolving around teens’ emotional intelligence quotient.
Nationally known comedian and teen motivational speaker David E. Garcia will be the headline speaker for the two-hour program to be hosted in the Prescott High School Ruth Street Theater beginning at 6 p.m. Garcia will help teens and parents explore and converse about the topic that will focus on identifying emotions and how to process those in one’s interactions with self and others.
“We will be talking about the difference between IQ (intelligence quotient) and EQ (emotional quotient) and why EQ is so important in being successful at life,” said Armed to Know founder and leader Raynee Schneider. “We will have our regular breakouts with parents and students with master level therapists leading both of those presentations.
“Our keynote, David E. Garcia, has been voted America’s Top Youth comedian speaker and will be talking to us about navigating hard emotions and pushing through to find our greatest potential.”
Garcia is a five-language speaking, master’s degree-holding comedian and motivational speaker touted as a one-time “at-risk student” who channeled his experiences into a career where he is able to empathize with students’ emotional challenges and empower them and educators to channel those emotions in positive directions.
His website suggests that each of his presentations is a “motivational comedy party that you will never forget.”
Prior to the evening how – each Armed to Know event has attracted between 200 and 400 teens and parents - Garcia will visit Prescott High during lunch hours with free pizza to be distributed.
Armed to Know leaders want to encourage as many students as possible throughout the area to attend what they know will be an enlightening, and laughter-filled, evening, Schneider said.
In the last year, Armed to Know rallied parents together to offer four different events – three were spread over the course of the 2017-2018 school year with an extra emergency program in December. That program was a conversation with local experts, and an incarcerated teen drug abuser, on the local fentanyl crisis.
Two of the events included national guest speakers who are experts in their fields: the addictive nature of pornography and the impact of social media on the self-worth of today’s younger generation. The first event focused on substance abuse, and relied on experts to talk about trends and prevention strategies.
All Armed to Know events are rooted in science-based methodology and not espouse any particular religious or political belief.
As with all of its programs, Armed to Know leaders assure this will ignite further dialogue between teen, parents and other adults in their lives. The goal behind each of these events is to build relationships that enable this generation to navigate the “hard topics” so they will grow into independent, thinking adults able to make good decisions about their future.
For more information, visit the website: www.armedtoknow.org.