Janet Bauer is an international trainer, program teacher, and speaker. A communications professional with over 20 yrs. experience, Janet has shared her talents with CEOs, executives, directors, teachers, and staffs, as well as teens and children.
Her client list includes more than 100 non-profit organizations, corporations and universities. Some of her clients include Michelin North America, Nissan North America, Edelman Public Relations Worldwide, Duke University, University of South Florida, HOPE Worldwide, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Upstate, PalmettoPride–a South Carolina Governor’s Council, Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence, American Cancer Society, Hospice of the Florida Suncoast, Arcadia Elementary School, and Prevent Child Abuse South Carolina. Janet also served as the Executive Speechwriter and Corporate Image Manager for Michelin. One of her programs, "The Natural Speaker In You", trains professionals, teens, and children to speak with confidence and ease to audiences of one to over a thousand.
Her specialty for more than 15 years has been working with vulnerable teens and children in the United States, South Africa, Kenya, and Botswana. She founded and developed the I’m A Great Child Worldwide program designed to give each child a chance to be heard, to have their natural strengths identified by others, to receive peer affirmations, and to participate in other activities to enhance confidence, resilience and connections. Children, then, on their own initiative, identify their challenges and change their lives. The program has been taught in eight languages in eight countries. In the United States, Janet has taught in shelters for homeless youth, clubs for vulnerable children who are at risk, schools where most students come from poverty, domestic violence centers for women and their children, and for children impacted by HIV/AIDS. She has also volunteered her program in prisons for women and mothers.
The program in Africa has taken her to schools located in large slums where poverty is extreme, centers for orphans and vulnerable children, centers for homeless children, informal settlements, and rural villages. She has held workshops for parents and caregivers in the U.S. and Africa. In addition, Janet conducts training sessions for teachers, staffs, and volunteers. She also facilitates staff development sessions. In 2005, Janet received the Woman & Youth Award presented by the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Upstate in South Carolina. She is the author of the book "What’s Great About You! For All Children in the World."
"We've seen emerging identities, bonding, and confirmation happen across diverse groups of young people -- every time we do it. It’s the most impactful program I’ve seen work in the shortest amount of time and with the least amount of adult effort.” Greg Tolbert, President, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Upstate, S.C. serving 1,300 youth
"Your course is based on the strong belief that children and teens are special and that there is indeed something great about each one of them. Through your efforts, they have started to see their worth and have identified their unique natural strengths, which has allowed them to blossom and respect themselves and others. Your work here has helped both youth and field staff realize this, and has truly transformed all of us. Thank you for pouring yourself into the lives of these children and teens. You have really made a difference." Dr. Marc Aguirre ANCHOR Program Manager, HOPE worldwide Africa
"Every time I get in front of a group to speak my body feels weird. And I stutter mostly because I’m afraid people will laugh and talk about me. For the first time, I did not stutter because of the connection in this class and everyone made me feel good about speaking”. A 10 year old boy who reported he has not stuttered since the class.
Janet Bauer- Confidence, Resilience & Connections
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