Dream Up Now

Helping Teens Move from Darkness into Light

Adult Leadership Job Training:
Six Easy Steps to Leading the Social-Emotional Workshop Teens Want to Attend

Arts-based social emotional workshops for teens aged 12-18 years:
  • Make Art, Feel Good - A Journey of Self-Discovery and Creativity - COMING SOON!
  • Get Organized! Set & Achieve Goals
The best instructors have designed the most motivating learning paths for you.

Did you know that making art can help you gain control
over your emotions?

 Make Art, Feel Good

Asynchronous arts workshop to gain self-confidence, manage your emotions creatively, and take steps toward pursuing your dreams. Learn how to move from darkness into light! 

Get Organized!

Setting & Achieving Goals, a 1.5-hour power session of fun (and musical!) organizational tools to turn chaos intocalm.

 Learn To Lead 

Asynchronous course to quickly and efficiently establish a part-time business leading arts-base  SEL workshops

Art gives you an opportunity 

Art gives you an opportunity to take a painful memory and pluck it out of your head and stick it on the page (or in a song, or a drawing, or even blow it away with your breath). Once that scene is out, and all the emotions tied to it come out as well, it loses its power to hurt you. Art gives you freedom to use your hands, and hands are always looking for something meaningful to do. Creating something that represents a portion of your inner world is probably the most rewarding thing you can do with them. 

Dream Up Now features:

DREAM UP NOW JOURNAL

The teen journal for creative self discovery

ADULT LEADERSHIP JOB TRAINING 

Online Course for Instructors to Leading the Social-Emotional Workshop Teens Want to Attend

FREE RESOURCES FOR INSTRUCTORS

Get free access to lots of resources to hep you lead workshop for Teens

“You are doing an amazing thing with this. You are really having a huge impact on the lives of teens.— Lisa Manterfield, YA author | “In my years working with Josh, I've seen him as a bit of a loner, a bit different from the other kids. He did the DREAM UP NOW LOSS activity about his best friend, who had to move to Colorado so the family could be with the grandma. The activity touched him, and was a good outlet for his feelings. Thanks again to you.” —Margaret Nevinski, YA Author and Creative Writing Instructor to Youth | “Dream Up Now feels very positive and hopeful, which are things I’m seeking outin my own life. I’m grateful to be involved.” – Kristin L. Tollefson, multi-award winning sculptor/painter/arts educator“Mental health is so important. A lot can be overcome if people are allowed to explore their emotions. I’m excited to be part of this. It’s a really amazing project and needed for awareness. Especially now.” – Tanesha Ksyn, actor, dancer, principal dancer on Lip Sync Battle | “Whether through writing, art, dancing or design, Dream Up Now lets you be drawn to what resonates. Care about being happy. Luckily, life is long enough to find every possible new way to enjoy it.” – Antonio Manuel Chavira, author/director of animation studio | “This is such an incredible project. It’s brilliant. It’s going to be a great resource. Dream Up Now is an amazing thing that will really have an impact on the lives of teens.” – Lisa Manterfield, author of The Smallest Thing and A Strange Companion | “It’s time to uncover your authentic truth with Dream Up Now.” – Shelley Klammer, award-winning art therapist | “Creative expression can always help improve your mood. The toughest part of being a teen is trying to balance who you want to be and trying to fit in. Dream Up Now gives you time to figure that out.” – Courtney Oliver, Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Chemical Dependency Professional | “I’m so honored to be included. What you’ve put together here is amazing.I’m truly impressed.” – Melissa Dinwiddie, musician, jazz singer, and author of The Creative Sandbox Way | “I am so pleased to have had the opportunity to contribute to Dream Up Now because I believe it’s the first tool of its kind to help teens navigate through the emotional maze that they face every day. I fully believe that the creative activities Dream Up Now offers will help this generation of teens and future generations to develop into more confident and self-reliable adults.” – Coach Bodhi Marcus, creator of the P.E.A.C.E. Phys. Ed program for immigrant students

Helping Teens Move from Darkness into Light

DREAM UP NOW  

The teen journal for creative self discovery

Dream Up Now is THE teen journal for creative self-discovery for young people ages 12-18, from Free Spirit Publishing, the leader in social-emotional learning for 40 years.
Featuring 18 recognized leaders in the arts exploring 36 dark and light emotions, this journal — and series of online and in-person workshops and pop-up camps — combines emotional and social wellness skills with engagement in various art forms: creative writing, art, movement, music, and poetry, moving from darkness into light. Live Webinar!

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Six Easy Steps
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Our online course is available now and is entirely self-paced. Our certification process is uplifting, empowering, and straight-forward - and can be completed online.
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What's included

  • Your own copy of Dream Up Now: The Teen Journal for Creative Self-Discovery, from Free Spirit Publishing
  • FREE Bonus Activities (that don't appear in the official journal)
  • A positive online community to post your art 

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Our contributors care about you.

“I am so pleased to have had the opportunity to contribute to Dream Up Now because I believe it’s the first tool of its kind to help teens navigate through the emotional maze that they face every day. I fully believe that the creative activities Dream Up Now offers will help this generation of teens and future generations to develop into more confident and self-reliable adults.”
COACH BODHI MARCUS, CREATOR OF THE P.E.A.C.E. PHYS. ED PROGRAM FOR IMMIGRANT STUDENTS
"This is such an incredible project. It’s brilliant. It’s going to be a great resource. Dream Up Now is an amazing thing that will really have an impact on the lives of teens.”
LISA MANTERFIELD, AUTHOR
“Dream Up Now feels very positive and hopeful, which are things I’m seeking out in my own life. I’m grateful to be involved.”
Kristin L. Tollefson, sculptor/painter/arts educator

Our contributors care about you.

Just as every young person has his/her/their own path to self-expression, the many successful and creative adults who contributed to this guided journal have each found a way to employ creativity to resolve difficult emotions and harness the power of positive emotions to build a beautiful life. We are indebted to these kind-hearted people:

I Feel Lonely / I Feel Sociable contributed by Korum Bischoff – Grammy-nominated songwriter and drummer | I Feel Nervous/ I Feel Self-Assured contributed by Sara Bourland - Outstanding Educator Award-winning English and Creative Writing teacher, and former Interior Designer | I Feel Indecisive / I Feel Decisive contributed by Melissa Dinwiddie – A jazz singer, singer/songwriter, motivational speaker, and the author of The Creative Sandbox Way and Your Path To A Full-Color Life | I Feel Hurt / I Feel Powerful contributed by Tanesha “Ksyn” Cason - Actor and dancer, Ksyn has worked with artists like Beyoncé, Drake and was a principal dancer on the show Lip Sync Battle | I Feel Pressured / I Feel Hope contributed by Antonio Manuel Chavira - Author, screenwriter, university professor, director of story and development at Massive Chaos - Design & Animation, and VP of Operations and Marketing at RACAIA Architecture & Interior Design | I Feel Doubt / I Feel Valued contributed by Angie Godfrey - Certified Music Teacher, choir leader, multi-instrumentalist | I Feel Cynicism / I Feel Faith contributed by Andre Hardy - Former NFL running back, journalist and author | I Feel Disorganized / I Feel Organized contributed by Lesley Holmes - Executive director of community outreach programs, and Dream Up Now children’s therapy advisor | Introduction contributed by Lauryn J. Hunter – Award-winning Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Registered Art Therapist working directly with teens in schools and in private practice. | I Feel Perfectionism / I Feel Worthy contributed by Shelley Klammer - A former teen model, Shelley is a Counsellor in Canada and an Expressive Arts Educator/Consultant with the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association | I Feel Anxious / I Feel Passionate contributed by Rayne Lacko – Creative writing instructor, arts advocate, and author of A Song For The Road, and Dream Up Now | I Feel Loss / I Feel Peace contributed by Lisa Manterfield - Grief expert, and author of bestselling Young Adult novels, A Strange Companion, The Smallest Thing, and The Perfect Sister. | I Feel Argumentative / I Feel Chill contributed by Ryan “Bodhi” Marcus - Physical education teacher, yogi, children’s book author, and soccer coach | I Feel Controlling / I Feel Accepting contributed by MaLee Muse - Graphic designer and artist, and creator of Quantum Memoir | I Feel Tired / I Feel Fired Up contributed by Courtney Oliver - Licensed Mental Health Counselor working directly with teens in a high school and in private practice | I Feel Sad / I Feel Happy contributed by Rich Redmond – Drummer who has recorded twenty-three #1 singles, motivational speaker, and author of FUNdamentals of Drumming for Kids | I Feel Angry / I Feel Tolerant contributed by Gem Seddon - Teen librarian, professional drummer and guitarist, freelance entertainment writer | I Feel Jealous / I Feel Appreciation contributed by Stacie Shewmake - Board-certified music therapist, singer and classical guitarist, and owner of Express! Music Therapy | I Feel Confused / I Feel Confident contributed by Kristin Tollefson - Visual artist and sculptor, and director of education at a museum Foreword contributed by Sann Wilder - Teen writer, poet, and arts advocate Tools to bring music education to your school district contributed by Save The Music – Vh1’s non-profit organization partners with local communities and school districts to build sustainable music programs

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Meet the instructor

Rayne Lacko

Rayne Lacko is a Young Adult author and advocate for the arts as a form of social and emotional well-being. Cohost of a youth creative workshop, an annual writing camp, and a teen arts showcase, she inspires teens and their families to use creativity—through writing, art, and music—to stimulate positive change in the world. Rayne lives near Seattle, Washington.
Patrick Jones - Course author
Meet the instructor

Lesley Holmes

Lesley Holmes contributes her expertise to several educational and arts nonprofits benefitting children, teens, and older adults in and around Los Angeles. Her work promotes alternative therapies, music education, literacy, and food as a pathway to healing. A lifelong chef and baker, Lesley is a Los Angeles native who enjoys early morning hikes in the Hollywood Hills where she lives with her two teenage daughters

lesleyholmes@mac.com
Patrick Jones - Course author
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