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The Case for Fear: Teaching Kids to Play Outside of Their Comfort Zones

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

The Case for Fear: Teaching Kids to Play Outside of Their Comfort Zones

Presented by Crista Samaras, Founder and CEO, Brave Enterprises; and Katie Carroll, MPH, Research Analyst, Brave Enterprises

Sponsored by Brave Enterprises

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In this edWebinar, Crista Samaras, the founder and CEO of Brave Enterprises, and co-presenter Katie Carroll, MPH, Brave’s Research Analyst, discuss the most critical element of bravery itself: Fear.

Fear is the key to the bravery conversation. Brave develops programming to provoke feelings of fear in a controlled environment so that kids can better build the tools to navigate those feelings. Where many focus only on resilience (stamina), Brave focuses on the practice of resourcefulness (strategy).

Learn about the Fear Inflection Point, a remarkable finding from Brave’s research, that occurs for girls and boys between the ages of 11 and 13. Learning about how fears shift and change in both origin and type has influenced how we design and build the most effective programming. Girls and boys interact with fear in notably different ways, which has helped us discover and devise a robust list of best practices to help kids practice acknowledging their fears and to learn how to take action in the face of them.

We include fear and bravery “workouts” as well as a system to mix and match exercises (practice plans) to keep kids engaged. The presentation consists of four major parts:

  • Fear and the comfort zone: definitions and dimensions
  • Fear Inflection Point
  • Three ways to get more brave: girls vs. boys
  • Bravery and fear workouts for teens
  • Q&A

This recorded edWebinar is vital to anyone who plays an important role in the life of pre-teen and teenage kids and who is eager for more ways to positively impact their ability to manage their fears and take action.


About the Presenters

Crista Samaras started Brave Enterprises in 2016. A graduate of Princeton University, Crista was selected Rookie of the Year, was a 3x All American, 4x All Ivy League pick, 2x Ivy League Player of the Year, and still holds the record for number of career points at Princeton. Crista was on the US Women’s Lacrosse Team from 1995-2007 and competed in both the 2001 and 2005 World Cup Games winning gold and silver medals. In 2005, she was twice named Player of the Match (vs. Canada and England).

Crista coached at Yale University before she started her own lacrosse companies in 2004, which focused on empowering female players. In the next ten years, Crista coached thousands of junior women before she sold her teams in 2014. In 2012, she was the interim Head Coach at the University of Richmond and led the team from a #33 national ranking to a #13 national ranking in just three months. She lives in New York City.


Katie Carroll

Katie Carroll, Research Analyst at Brave Enterprises, graduated from Georgetown University in 2009, and from The George Washington University in 2016 with a masters in public health. She came to Brave Enterprises after witnessing the character programming as a coach and experiencing the impact in her own professional and personal life. Katie examines the data generated in the live sessions to monitor, evaluate, and influence the growth of Brave’s programming. She lives in Baltimore, MD.


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Brave Enterprises is company that designs and facilitates programming to help people respond to fear with brave action. Brave offers short- and long-form programming to schools, teams, and companies.

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT
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