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Youth Leadership and Mindfulness

June 26th-July 16th 2024

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Why leadership and Mindfulness program?

To go beyond learning and practicing English!


It's time to help inspire a mindful education for students to embrace their natural talents, build self-esteem, and confidence, and learn new skills of communication, awareness, leadership knowledge, entrepreneurship, sustainable living, volunteering and community building, and creativity!


So students can learn to become a leader in their own education and help make a difference in this world.

Whats Included?

This program combines ESL, workshops, and SDGs-related activities that integrate these topics.



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Our program consists of 3 main topic: Mindfulness, Speech and Communication, Community, and Leadership Building.


 “Power of words and communication” Learn how it affects the mental state as well as external experiences.

◆ Our own individual word choices and communication (both internal and verbal external) can affect and create the mental states of each person.

◆ Each word and the way you communicate can change your mood;
Sad, happy, frustrated, mean, or empathetic can all be influenced by internal and external words and communication choices.

Speech and Communication 1&2

“Discover why speaking with confidence is needed for all great leaders”

Learn how to communicate with important internal powerful beliefs that build

confidence and allow you to communicate with power

◆ Examples of compelling speeches and compare to bad ones for contrast and comparison.

◆  Practice debating speech topics

◆  Broken down into groups and rotated throughout the duration of the class. Different impromptu games will focus on different beliefs and topics for students to perform.

◆  Broken down into groups, and each student performs their speech to their group.

Leadership Building 1&2

“How to influence others and understanding the 6 human needs.”

Learn how to communicate with important internal powerful beliefs that build

confidence and allow you to communicate with power

◆ Discuss how leaders lead by understanding the needs of other people and developing important relations and influencing by understanding the needs of other people

◆  A Goal Building game is introduced to help bring out goals for students. Example “Hot Potato in a goal basket” A ball is passed around the room, and each student must yell out a goal they may have, and it must sound goal worthy, and they only have 5 seconds to say anything goal related.

◆  Students are instructed to brainstorm ideas on personal goals, academic, and future education or professional goals.

SDG meaningful activities

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Renewable Farms

Learn about Sustainable farming, and how you can grow your own food anywhere you live!

Learn about energy consumption, bugs, conserving water, composting, plant maintenance, and much more. learn the importance of sustaining our planet. 


Soup Kitchen


Help our local community by preparing healthy tasty meals for the ones who cannot afford them.  


Soup Kitchen provides a daily nutritional meal to homeless, working poor families, senior citizens, the unemployed or under-employed, the mentally and physically challenged, and most important... the children. We believe that no one should go to bed hungry on the street or otherwise. Therefore, the Soup Kitchen provides meals seven days per week at our facility in Orange County. 


Second Harvest Food Bank


Volunteer by helping to prepare nutritional food for our community’s well-being. Steady, consistent access to nutritious food increases food security and helps build more resiliency for adults and children. Second Harvest provides nutrient-dense food in convenient and dignified locations throughout the county so that we can set those in need up for success in school and at work.  


Daily ESL Classes

Learn and practice English with our daily ESL  classes based the focus on Mindfulness, Communication, and Leadership.  This is the time when the emphasis is to practice English no matter what level the student is at. 

◆ Teachers are experienced and help inspire each student to speak English right away

◆ Each student will learn to become comfortable with their English skills by staying active in their learning. 

◆ Closed class at 18 students MAX (communication-based class)

◆ Class materials provided

◆ Classroom will be located at one of our locations: University of California, Irvine, or Vanguards University


Fun Activities

Get a full tour of our exciting adventures, landmarks, and beautiful locations in Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego. 

Fun Activities

Huntington Beach

Visit one of the most famous beaches in Southern California. Surf City USA! 

Check out the beautiful waves and local surf life, then head over to the nearby shopping center where there are surf apparel shops, food, and more. All are within walking distance. 


Knotts Berry Farm


It's time to have some fun play at  Knott’s, fun is always in season with dozens of thrilling rides, shows, and attractions in four themed areas inspired by the history and culture of California.


A day at Knott’s Berry Farm means riding exhilarating roller coasters, Old West adventures in the authentic 1800s Ghost Town, paying tribute to California’s Hispanic roots in Fiesta Village, experiencing the Southern California beach lifestyle along the Boardwalk, and going on a High Sierras adventure with the world’s most loveable beagle – Snoopy!


Hollywood & Santa Monica 

Visit the legendary Hollywood and walk on the Walk of Fame,  place your hand's hand in the celebrity hand prints by the Chinese Theater, and visit the beaches of Santa Monica. 

Experience what has been seen in movies for decades, and let your imagination open to a new world!


San Diego

A day trip to San Diego is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the country. There are 70 miles of shoreline and a diverse selection of beaches to explore. From  Old town San Diego to the main city right off the shore, this city is rich with culture and history! It's the oldest City in Southern California and has a unique diverse expression of theme parks, dining, and outdoor attractions. 



Live with an American family to experience the life stay of Southern California. 


All students will have the chance to live with local American families as part of our homestay program.  All host families live in the safest Orange County communities such as Irvine and Huntington Beach. 


At-home interactions with families will enhance cultural and English language experiences for students. 


Host families provide home-cooked breakfast and dinner on weekdays.


Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided on weekends and holidays.

Students can be single or double-placed.

Click here to learn more about our Homestay Program.



  • Greeted at the airport by an FOA Staff member

  • Coach Buses for airport Pick up and Drop off

  • Buses to and from the study center and activities 


What's all included again?


This is a fully immersive All-Incusive program!

  • Airport pickup by coach Bus, FOA staff to help assist and greet each student. 

  • Daily ESL Classes

  • All class material

  • Daily bus pass to our location 

  • Workshops focusing on Mindfulness, Communication, Leadership

  • Volunteer activities and community help

  • Fun activities to attractions and landmarks

  • FOA Chaperone to guide each excursion and adventure

  • Accommodations with our homestay program

  • Meals breakfast, dinner, and lunch on weekends

  • Experiencing real change and making a difference in this world

Not Sure?

If you are an individual and would like more assistance please feel free to contact us directly!

Also, if you are an agent or school we can also help facilitate your needs for this program.  

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