Values matter. We know we will all face challenging times - when we are in the battles of life, we have to choose how to live and how to get out of the pit of darkness and hard times. Our values serve as a shining light by creating a pathway and giving us a foundation to stand on. We believe everyone should be clear on what their values on since they will dictate what we do and how we do it. Here at SBC, our values are connection, empathy, authenticity, and courage. You will see Brene Brown, social worker and author, quoted throughout the section below. She is a champion of values in general, but also many of the values we believe in here.

Connection

“The energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationships.” ~Brene Brown

Sharp Brain Consulting works with youth and the adults who support and serve them. Research consistently tells us that all young people need at least one non-family member caring adult in their life to be successful. We believe in the power of relationships between youth and between youth and adults - without this connection, we will fail to make changes in the lives of young people.

Empathy

Empathy is about human connection. The four attributes of empathy:

  1. Perspective taking

  2. Stay out of judgment

  3. Recognize emotions

  4. Communicate that emotion to others

More about empathy…

What is empathy and how to practice it on a daily basis: https://gentwenty.com/what-is-empathy/

Empathy video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Evwgu369Jw

Authenticity

“Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we’re supposed to be and embracing who we are.” ~Brene Brown

We want everyone to live their most authentic lives by owning their story and living their truth. We believe living any other way is not only exhausting, but does not set up our youth or adults for success.

Courage

Courage is about doing what is right instead of doing what is easy. We believe courage is required before you can live out your other values. Brene Brown describes courage as…

  1. Asking for what you need

  2. Speaking your truth

  3. Owning your story

  4. Setting boundaries

  5. Reaching out for support