The Kidz Connection

A unique space for girls in the 4th and 5th grade, where together, we begin to build the foundation for a life-long journey of Social and Emotional Intelligence (EQ).


Helping our young girls

The Kidz Connection focuses on many areas of self-awareness and development. One of the basic threads throughout is self-esteem (how we feel about ourselves) and self-confidence (how we feel about our ability to succeed).  When children feel empowered to choose how they are going to respond to the situations in their life, it’s a game-changer for their self-confidence. Sustaining a solid connection to themselves and others is — of course– a central theme throughout all of our sessions at Willsey Connections.

Young children often find themselves internalizing their experiences and thus creating a limiting belief system or sense of self, “I wasn’t invited to Susie’s party, it must mean nobody likes me”, “I missed the game-winning goal in the soccer game today, I probably shouldn’t even play this stupid sport.”  As a parent, you may have already heard similar crushing statements from your own children’s mouths.

Our mission

The mission of The Kidz Connection is to help children shift their power and turn those limiting beliefs into supportive ones. When children have positive self-esteem and self-confidence, they believe in themselves and they trust their own unique ability to handle life’s many difficult situations.  They are also less likely to fall to peer pressure and more willing to challenge themselves, rather than let fear or obstacles diminish their dreams.

What people say?

“Vanessa's groups for girls that my 10-year-old has participated in are so supportive and kind, teaching loads of skills that I wish all kids could gain. As a Pediatrician, I see the work that Vanessa is doing as some of the smartest prevention work out there. Giving girls the ability to not only name their emotions but build strategies to deal with these is an invaluable gift. Especially doing it in a fun, stress-free environment. Not to mention that my daughter LOVES Vanessa and thinks she is the coolest adult on the planet.”