To eliminate the cognitive bias toward violence in order to bring peaceful solutions within two generations by unplugging a plugged in generation.
We began from a place of looking at the world, the damage we, as a human family are causing, the chaos, the violence, the fast paced dopamine overdosed world of digital, and we are seeing our kids (our future caretakers of this planet) being handed all of this. When you take a look at the world it can be overwhelming to try and figure out where does one start with undoing this mess we created? We believe it starts with the neuroscience of mindfulness and emotional literacy.
Our answer was with children, aligning this with our love of neuroscience and the proven outcomes of early intervention. This formed the basis of The Emotional Literacy and Mindfulness Academy for Kids. Our team and family are growing and evolving as the company evolves.
Tenille Bentley is the founder of The Emotional Literacy & Mindfulness Academy for Kids, Children’s Author and Award Winning Community Leader with a passion for supporting our next generation with the tools she wishes she could have had access to as a child.
As a child she suffered severe anxiety and emotional traumas as well as bullying which left her feeling isolated, and unable to understand why she was feeling the way she did.
However, emotional literacy wasn’t in the narrative in her generation.
Today, we have evolved, science has caught up and we now understand the important role emotional intelligence plays in our every day lives.
She didn’t know how to express her emotions, or why she felt these big emotions as a kid.
She couldn’t socialise properly and found herself carrying a lot of self hatred, blaming herself for trauma’s that occurred around me that were out of my control.
This resulted in her going from a straight A student to partying and drinking as a way to numb the feelings she didn’t know how to process. In her early adult years, it resulted in poor decisions in life that weren’t healthy for her.
So, she searched high and low, studied, spent thousands on courses until she arrived at a place where she knew how to potentially change the trajectory of a child’s growing years for the positive.
After using these tools to turn her own life around she went on to build a multi million dollar company in under 2 years, a global charity that touched the lives of more than 30K children in 5 different countries.
She was recognised by the Australian Prime Minister with ‘The Australian Leadership Award’ which is only presented to 20 people in Australia, she was awarded the ‘Australian Financial Review Top 100 Australia’s Women of Influence’, State Finalist in the ‘Telstra Business Woman of the Year’, inducted into the Western Australian Women’s Hall of Fame by The Governor and awarded the Top 3 Australian Institute of Management Excellence Awards.
Pretty good turn around when you have the right tools?
Like you, she has seen so many parents have anxiety and stress over how to support the emotional growth of our children and what kind of adults they might eventually become. Hoping that they can equip them with the tools to make better decisions in life and healthy ones.
She has seen so many exhausted parents stress over what they can do to manage the big emotions that their children face, and not feeling like they have tools to help support and create a balanced home life.
She now shares these powerful tools with families around the world through The Emotional Literacy & Mindfulness Academy for Kids. Graduating hundreds of children around the world.
Martin is an experienced leader and manager, established author, company director, and served on the board of Peak-Body The Men’s Health and Wellbeing WA. Martin is currently the director of his consultancy firm called Exquisite Friends.
His career encompasses service in the Royal Australian Air Force, following that his experience took him into the media sector in journalism and advertising, sales, business development, premium client acquisition and stewardship, and, mid-level management for some of the State’s and Australia’s leading publishers over many years..
Martin’s first book; “Awakened from blind’s walking sleep – Journeys into love and reflection”, explores the notion of perception as reality and has featured as a teaching aid within UWA’s Masters of Social Work Program.
Martin joined the ELMA team to aid in the growth of the school program sector, working with some of our leading education bodies, Martins experience and personal passion for this project makes him an incredibly rare asset to our growing team.
The Centre for Social Impact UWA (CSI UWA) creates and delivers education that transforms, research that informs best practice, and public engagement that inspires and mobilises change makers.
CSI UWA is part of a national collaboration with UNSW Sydney and Swinburne University of Technology. Together, the three universities form the Centre for Social Impact, which takes a systems approach to developing innovative solutions to the biggest social challenges today, with a vision for a better Australia tomorrow.
We are currently developing a research program, whilst early in the piece, we are excited to be developing this partnership further in the future with our work with the Department of Education.
The Perth Brain Centre (est. in 2007) is Western Australia’s leading and longest established private clinic specialising in state-of-the-art brain therapies. The Perth Brain Centre has been helping people with ADHD & Learning Disorders, Anxiety, Autism, Chronic Pain and Migraine, Depression, Memory Problems and Performance for more than a decade.
The Perth Brain Centre does not provide a traditional diagnostic service for problems based on symptoms, nor offer treatments such as medication or talk-based therapies. Instead, The Perth Brain Centre takes a very different approach and uses special scans, known as QEEG, to look at how the brain is working to find the underlying problem. This unique information can be used to direct truly personalised and effective treatments that deliver long-lasting results by re-training or re-wiring the brain, harnessing its natural power to change known as neuroplasticity.
We are also in affiliation with The Perth Brain Centre as research partners for a future program in development yet to be announced.