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Family Excellence Institute, LLC and Family Excellence, Inc.

Reaching Dreams, Strengthening Families, Building Legacies

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Part of the Problem

Posted on August 2, 2014 at 9:01 PM Comments comments (52)
Part of the Problem: 

 Do you have trouble connecting with or engaging your adolescent students or clients? Many people and programs do. You ask a question and hear crickets in the background. You think someone is doing well only to learn that wasn't the case. They score points on the field but get suspended or fail classes.

Often part of the solution is beginning to identify the problem. ...Hopefully the words below will begin to bring some clarity to one of the most significant problems we face in working effectively with adolescents.

Traditional education and treatment are compartmentalized.

We often treat our adolescents as though we are only interested in one aspect of their lives. We act as though we are only supposed to address education/behavior/health/drugs/etc. in their lives. I am not talking about blurry boundaries, some lines we must not ever cross. It is critical, however, that we understand that the young person in front of us is not just a brain, a body, a peer group, or a spiritual person. They are ALL of those things. When we teach, counsel or coach, we will be MUCH more effective when we are demonstrating care and compassion for the whole person. It's not just a GPA to be raised, it's helping a person to rise. It's not just running the field, it's helping them learn to run their lives. It's not just a problem to be solved, it's a person to be nurtured.

I have heard this said as "People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care". That is so true. The key, however, is that they need to know we care about them as a human being and not just in one specific area. As I look back over the people who have had the greatest impact on me in my life, they were more than experts on a subject. They were people who care enough about me to care about all of who I was and to help me be my best.

Let's strive to be that for each young person who we have the great fortune of encountering along the way. Let's care for them as a human being full of life, hope, possibility, and potential. The difference in our classes, teams, and services can be phenomenal!
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Guest Blog at World Prayr

Posted on April 1, 2014 at 9:54 PM Comments comments (30)
The Family Excellence Program Director, James Campbell, recently had an opportunity to be a guest blogger at the following site:  http://worldprayrblog.org/worth/
Click on the link to see what he had to say about what YOU are worth!
 
 
 
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Looking Back and Looking Forward

Posted on July 21, 2013 at 10:52 PM Comments comments (34)
As we look ahead to multiple Family Excellence Essay contests in Anderson and Greenville counties for the upcoming school year, take a moment to consider your family. For some, our recollections are of warmth and nostalgia. For others, remembering our family resurrects some old hurts and regrets. One thing, however, is certain-we all are impacted by either the presence or absence of those individuals we call family. With this fact in our hearts, why would we consider repeating old destructive habits needlessly or else discontinue traditions that meant so much to us?
 
The truth is that many of us spend little time considering the role our families play in our day-to-day lives. What if we could, however, begin to build on strengths that we learned either because of or in spite of the family we grew up in? What if we could strengthen the relationships and connections in our families today? What if we could begin to build a legacy within our relationships that will lead to a sense of contentment and joy over the years?
 
It is to this end that Family Excellence, Inc. and the Family Excellence Institute, LLC were established. Through contests, trainings, workshops, and experiential activities for individuals, families, civic groups, and agencies we seek to provide the tools necessary to promote, build, and sustain excellence in families.
 
We rely heavily on referrals and "grassroots" support from people just like you. Our average gift size is $20.00, and that money goes a long way with us! In fact, 100% of all donations go directly to the awards and events of Family Excellence!
 
We would welcome the opportunity to speak with you about how we might best work together to strengthen families in your school, agency, or neighborhood as well. Please use our "Contact Us" link to ask any questions that you may have. We look forward to speaking with you and aiding you on your journey.
 
All the best,
James Campbell
Founder/Director
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...And The Winners Are...

Posted on December 21, 2012 at 11:58 PM Comments comments (143)
The top three awards for the Family Excellence Essay Contest at Calhoun Academy of the Arts went to these three fourth grade students: Third Prize: Rylee Moorhead, Second Prize: Devin Norris, and First Prize: Jag Grooms! — at Calhoun Academy of the Arts.
 
 
“My Family”
by Jag Grooms, First Prize Award Winner

“I love my family because they tell pretty funny jokes. They spoil me rotten! I give big polar bear hugs to them. We give each other presents all the time. I have the best famil...y in the universe.
My mom has a job at AnMed Health in the marketing department. She doesn’t have a job out of town, but my dad does. My dad works for Colonial Pipeline. It can go out of South Carolina to Georgia. A lot of times he gets home late; sometimes he spends the night at hotels.
My mom is also an artist. I get my art from her. I really love drawing airplanes. My mom loves drawing birds. They look gorgeous, very pretty! Mom and I say drawing expresses your feelings.
My dad is a genius at math. He is a math wizard! He always checks my math with me. Sometimes my mom checks it, but if she has a hard time dad will do it. I’m glad I have it as a dad.
My mom is super when it comes to cooking. I love her cooking! Her cooking is phenomenal! I love it when she cooks sweet potato soufflé. That stuff is sweet with a capital ‘S’! I also love macaroni casserole. That stuff is crunchy with a capital ‘C’.
I have a dog named Holly. She is a chocolate lab. I love her, but when the neighbor’s dog gets together with Holly, she gets out of the fence. Then we have to go get her. Daisy is a yellow lab. She is a girl too!
I love my mom and my dad. I’m so happy they met each other. They’re the perfect couple! I love them to infinity and beyond!
We like to be healthy in my family, so we eat fruit. I like pineapple, and so does my mom and dad. We eat other fruit, but we just can’t get enough pineapple!
I’m so glad I live on this planet with my family! I love them so much. Do you have a huggable, loveable family? I hope you have a huggable, loveable family!”
 
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Family Excellence Essay Contest at Calhoun Academy of the Arts

Posted on December 11, 2012 at 10:37 PM Comments comments (101)
Family Excellence Essay Contest at Calhoun Academy of the Arts
 
Family Excellence Institute, LLC and Family Excellence, Inc. are excited to announce the Family Excellence Essay Contest!  This contest is being held in collaboration with Calhoun Academy of the Arts and is intended to encourage fourth grade students to focus on some of the strengths in their families!  All fourth graders at Calhoun Academy of the Arts  are eligible to enter and will be working with their teachers to write essays ranging from 1-2 pages in length on the subject of “What I Love Most About My Family”!  The essays will be evaluated with some assistance from other teachers in the area who have graciously agreed to assist.  The essays will be taken up by the fourth grade teachers and will be reviewed by our guest panel of teachers on December 15, 2012.  The author of the essays will not be known by the reviewers until after the review.  The top essays will receive some great awards and treats in honor of their hard work and in honor of the families that they represent!  We are incredibly excited about this opportunity to encourage even more amazing writing at Calhoun while encouraging students to focus on the things they love most about their families!  We also intend to post some of the top essays in the days ahead to add even greater notoriety to these young authors!  More information will be posted in the days ahead; so please keep your eyes open for updates. 
 
 
 
 
Also, please continue to spread the word about Family Excellence on Facebook by encouraging your friends and colleagues to “Like” our page!  If you don’t “Like” us, you may miss out on future announcements about other contests designed to help encourage reaching dreams, strengthening families, and building legacies!
 
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Spread the Word and Win Contest

Posted on November 17, 2012 at 12:17 PM Comments comments (25)
Did someone say a CONTEST with PRIZES?
 
 
In an effort to raise awareness of the work of Family Excellence, Inc. and Family Excellence Institute, LLC, we are hosting our FIRST EVER Facebook COMPETITION!  This initial competition is quite simple and will have three winners.  Prizes will include a variety of gift certificates, gift cards, and other items you’re sure to love!  So how do you win?  Simple!  There are three ways you can win in this competition!  They are as follows:
 
 
  1. First, every person who has “Liked” the family Excellence Institute, LLC Facebook page is automatically entered for a random drawing to win a prize.  In other words, if you already “Like” us, no worries; you are already entered for a drawing for one of our prizes!  (Please do know that you have to “Like” the page itself and not just this post!)
  2. Second, if you already “Like” us, then encourage your friends to “Like” this page through messaging them, sharing this post, or other creative means AND ask them to POST YOUR NAME ONCE on the Facebook page for Family Excellence Institute, LLC when they “Like” it.  The person whose name is posted the most times according to these guidelines (indicating that they helped get the most new “Likes” for the page) will also win a prize!  There are no limits to how many new “Likes” you can help us to get, and you will receive one entry into the drawing for each new person “Liking” us who posts your name!  (Please do note that those posting your name have to “Like” the page itself and not just a post, picture, etc.!)
  3. Lastly, each person who signs into the Guest Book on our website at www.familyexcellence.net will also be entered for an additional drawing to receive a prize!
 
 
That’s it-two drawings and one outright competition, three ways to win!  The cut off time for the competition is noon EST on December 02, 2012!  That gives everyone just over two weeks to bring your A-game and compete to help make a difference in the lives of families in the Greenville, SC area by raising awareness of our page and website!  So “Like” us, “Share” the contest information, talk us up to your friends, message distant relatives, send carrier pigeons if necessary, and help us get the word out about this contest and the mission of Family Excellence Institute and Family Excellence, Inc.! 
 
The winners will be announced via our Facebook page no later than 11:00 pm on December 3, 2012 and winners will be messaged on Facebook in order to determine how best to deliver the prizes to you!  I look forward to seeing the determination, fierce competitive nature, and creativity of each of you over the next roughly sixteen days!  May the best person…er, people… win!
 
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Spread the Word and WIN Contest!

Posted on November 17, 2012 at 11:54 AM Comments comments (0)
Did someone say a CONTEST with PRIZES?
 
In an effort to raise awareness of the work of Family Excellence, Inc. and Family Excellence Institute, LLC, we are hosting our FIRST EVER Facebook COMPETITION!  This initial competition is quite simple and will have three winners.  Prizes will include a variety of gift certificates, gift cards, and other items you’re sure to love!  So how do you win?  Simple!  There are three ways you can win in this competition!  They are as follows:
 
 
  1. First, every person who has “Liked” the family Excellence Institute, LLC Facebook page is automatically entered for a random drawing to win a prize.  In other words, if you already “Like” us, no worries; you are already entered for a drawing for one of our prizes!  (Please do know that you have to “Like” the page itself and not just this post!)
  2. Second, if you already “Like” us, then encourage your friends to “Like” this page through messaging them, sharing this post, or other creative means AND ask them to POST YOUR NAME ONCE on the Facebook page for Family Excellence Institute, LLC when they “Like” it.  The person whose name is posted the most times according to these guidelines (indicating that they helped get the most new “Likes” for the page) will also win a prize!  There are no limits to how many new “Likes” you can help us to get, and you will receive one entry into the drawing for each new person “Liking” us who posts your name!  (Please do note that those posting your name have to “Like” the page itself and not just a post, picture, etc.!)
  3. Lastly, each person who enters their contact information on our website at www.familyexcellence.net will also be entered for an additional drawing to receive a prize!
 
 
That’s it-two drawings and one outright competition, three ways to win!  The cut off time for the competition is noon EST on December 02, 2012!  That gives everyone just over two weeks to bring your A-game and compete to help make a difference in the lives of families in the Greenville, SC area by raising awareness of our page and website!  So “Like” us, “Share” the contest information, talk us up to your friends, message distant relatives, send carrier pigeons if necessary, and help us get the word out about this contest and the mission of Family Excellence Institute and Family Excellence, Inc.! 
 
The winners will be announced via our Facebook page no later than 11:00 pm on December 3, 2012 and winners will be messaged on Facebook in order to determine how best to deliver the prizes to you!  I look forward to seeing the determination, fierce competitive nature, and creativity of each of you over the next roughly sixteen days!  May the best person…er, people… win!
 
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What We Do

Posted on November 17, 2012 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (23)
I have gotten several questions seeking more details about the program and purpose of Family Excellence! I thought I would take a moment to share just some basics:  The short version is that the focus is primarily on three things-two more traditional and one less so and non-profit.
 
1. Family Excellence leads trainings and assists with program development related to adolescent development, addiction, de-escalation, and increasing family engagement. That was what led to beginning the LLC initially.
 
2. Family Excellence provides direct services to families. Specifically, we work with families to provide family-based, experiential events. Think "challenge course" style interventions but geared towards family building and strengthening. To be sure, there is an educational aspect, but the main goal is to experientially build on family strengths.
 
3. On the non-profit side we are working to be able to connect families with opportunities to grow together in venues that they probably could not otherwise afford. This is done through donations of tickets, donations of seats, donations of memberships (such as the Zoo or State museum), matches for tickets/seats purchased, and other means to connect families with some amazing opportunities to grow closer together and become even stronger. 
 
These are the essentials! The only other aspect is using our FB page to advertise low-budget and/or free events other families (like yours and ours) can access. At the end of the day our goal is to be strength-focused and help build stronger families. We're excited about it and would love it if you'd "Like" us, "Share" us and encourage others to "Like" us as well. Thanks for your help already in getting the word out! Also, should you know of other events in the Greenville/Anderson area, please feel free to post them on our page.
 
Lastly, we also whole-heartedly welcome your input! Feel free to message us with any suggestions for improvement or other ways to connect! I hope this helps give a little more insight into where we are, why we are, and where we're headed! Should you have questions, please don't hesitate to ask! Thank you for your support and interest!
 
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You can make a difference!

Posted on November 5, 2012 at 10:45 PM Comments comments (20)
There are performers, teams, and venues who provide amazing opportunities for families to come together and grow stronger. 
 
There are also many families who unfortunately lack the resources to be a part of these incredibly rich opportunities.
 
One of the ways that Family Excellence seeks to strengthen families is by connecting them with opportunities to share experiences such as concerts, sporting events, workshops, and other events designed build relationships.  Whether it is husbands and wives, fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, or any other combination, Family Excellence is committed to helping build stronger, healthier families.
 
You can be a part of this amazing work through donations of tickets, seats, vouchers, passes, and gift certificates to provide opportunities to the families that we serve.  Whatever the size of the gift, you can rest assured that it will go towards helping individuals reach their dreams, families to grow stronger, and legacies to be built through connecting  families with rich environments in which to grow!  We sincerely appreciate you considering partnering with us in this worthy endeavor!
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You Can Make a Difference

Posted on November 4, 2012 at 11:34 PM Comments comments (26)
There are performers, teams, and venues who provide amazing opportunities for families to come together and grow stronger. 
 
There are also many families who unfortunately lack the resources to be a part of these incredibly rich opportunities.
 
One of the ways that Family Excellence seeks to strengthen families is by connecting them with opportunities to share experiences such as concerts, sporting events, workshops, and other events designed build relationships.  Whether it is husbands and wives, fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, or any other combination, Family Excellence is committed to helping build stronger, healthier families.
 
You can be a part of this amazing work through donations of tickets, seats, vouchers, passes, and gift certificates to provide opportunities to the families that we serve.  Whatever the size of the gift, you can rest assured that it will go towards helping individuals reach their dreams, families to grow stronger, and legacies to be built through connecting  families with rich environments in which to grow!  We sincerely appreciate you considering partnering with us in this worthy endeavor!
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