EVERY program is dedicated to building on what kids are learning at home. These lessons are designed for parent/child discussion. Discussing the lessons and what the kids learn in class or camp is highly encouraged. Please use these opportunities to connect with your kids. That is what they are for. IPC is a stand alone program and does not subscribe to any agenda, religious, class based, or otherwise. All IPC programs are made for ANY and all type of child. A portion of all funds received through classes, camps and merchandise sales are used to "pay it forward" to bring the program to disadvantaged kids in the community such as children who's parents are in recovery from substance or achohol abuse, or victims of child abuse or neglect. If you are aware of an organization that could benefit from the IPC program please contact us using the form provided below.
Since IPC is so different from anything else out there I have included an FAQ. If your question is not addressed, please use the contact form below and ask - all submissions go directly to my email and do not show up on the page. I encourage and appreciate feedback!! These are your kids - you are their caregivers, their sounding boards, at times (in their minds at least) their mortal enemy. But above all you are their advocates and their guides. Although they are yours, they are precious to me. I appreciate the opportunity to work with them and get to know them.
~ Deborah Antich, IPC Founder and Facilitator
F A Q
Where did you get the idea for IPC? I have volunteered and worked with children for over 10 years. It seems that in that window of time, community has slipped even more to the wayside, being replaced by video games, running all over town, dropping kids here and there, and an overall loss of connectedness. How many people know all the kids in their neighborhood by name? How many kids check in on elderly neigbors to see if they need a hand? There are friendships and wonderful relationships - a sense of COMMUNITY being lost every day. I thought, what can I do to make a difference? Confidence and self-understanding is something any kids could use more of. Understanding key elements about themselves, their gifts and strengths, their part in the community are all important. So I created IPC to help kids learn something about themselves as individuals, as well as their importance in the community. I thought, create a confident kid, and you create a confident community. That is what the core of I Project Confidence is about.
What makes IPC different from other programs and camps? IPC is a very personal program that is different every time. The size of the group, overall feel and attitude of the group really is the deciding factor of the direction each class or camp takes. Some groups are laid back, some require more direction. Some kids don't want to open up, and some I can't get to shut up!! Eventhough they are all different, my top priority in each program is that everyone is heard, respected, respects others and learns to work together. I have spent over a year (and counting) writing and refining the lessons, creating the handbook (for girls) and developing the programs. It has been in my head for at least 5. Lessons are presented in an interesting way that kids can connect with and relate to. Although some of the safety and observation lessons present difficult situations, none of them are presented in a fearful or scary way. On the other hand, nothing is sugar coated. I can't stand it when adults talk down to kids, so I speak to and connect to them on their level with age appropriate lessons and language that they understand.
We are newly divorced and my child is having a hard time with it. I would like for her to attend a program, but I don't want her to feel singled out or weird because of our marital status, although I know tons of households are single parent. All kinds of kids from ALL kinds of families are welcome at any IPC program. This may be an opportunity for your daughter to bond with someone else with divorced parents and understand she is not alone in the feelings that she is having. And actually, with all my work with kids, I have learned that the "Nuclear" family is hardly the norm these days. Families are such a mix, nothing is! A family is a family - and should supply love, support and a safe place, no matter how many people are in it or where those people live. It's actually interesting to learn about each other's different lives and lifestyles. It only helps each kid grow and understand the community a little more.
Our church / organization have enough kids interested in a camp / girls program that we would like for you to come to us. Do you do that kind of thing? YES! IPC is designed a few different ways: to be held at set locations for people within the community to attend. IPC is also designed for groups at your facility for a private event, and as an enrichment program for private and public schools, home school or church youth groups.
My church / women's group / school / organization would like to have you speak at a lunch / meeting / retreat / event. Do you do that? Yes. Please contact me through the contact form below or call the office at 512-496-4284. I am delighted to be a part of your program if my schedule allows.
I know a child that could benefit greatly from a program like this, but his/her family doesn't have the money to pay for it. Do you ever take kids on a scholarship basis? Yes. To be considered for acceptance on a scholarship a child must be nominated. There are only a few spots available throughout the year for scholarship. If a child does not qualify for a scholarship into one of the programs, he/she may be placed on a waiting list for a future class or camp.
Can I pay for someone else's kid to attend a program - like a gift or a gift certificate? Yes. Please contact the office for more information on gifting a child a camp or class. His/her parents or guardian must fill out the necessary paperwork and approve the gift with IPC.