Youth Programs

Teri has always paid it forward – in spontaneous acts, planned giving, and
as a member of Soroptomist, Rotary, Children of the Earth, and other
Some of her most rewarding work has been with youth – the next
generation – from leading outdoor adventure trips for at risk youth to
serving as a Spiritual Elder for a UN NGO for youth who are leading peace
projects in their respective countries – including youth from war torn
countries and who live in resettlement camps.

Heal Bullying

When her grandson was relentlessly bullied, the school took no effective
action. He got depressed; his grades dropped; he hung out with the wrong
kids. She stepped in and made a Change Your Mind SuperSleep®
recording about being bullied. He listened to it while he slept, and he
“You’ve got to help other kids the way you helped me,” her grandson told
So she created 6 MP3s to help reverse the negative effects of being treated badly.
In an Evidence-Based Study, both quantitative and qualitative measures showed marked improvement in self-esteem attitudes and behaviours.
Heal Bullying provides new solutions for old problems
Each MP3 has 100 life-changing statements. The titles are:

           I Stand Up to Bullying
           I’m Over the Hurt
           I Feel Good About Myself
           I Get Along at School
           I’m Smart About Social Media
           I Hang Out With the Right Kids

The MP3s are FREE on the webpage:
The MP3s and companion ebooks are FREE on Amazon.

The Student Success Series

A series of 6 MP3s that support students of all ages in achieving success in school. There are 180 different life-changing statements on each MP3. They can be used separately and in any order.

The topics and titles are:

1. Be A Master Student

Taking Responsibility, Changing, Having Self Esteem, Setting & chieving Goals, Being A Master Student

2. Take Charge at School

Being Intelligent (the 7 intelligences), Working With the School System, Having Friends and Activities

3. Get Motivated and Organized

Being Motivated, Being Organized, Managing My Time

4. Study and Learn Easily

Learning Styles, Focusing and Concentration, Going to Class, Doing Homework, Taking Notes, Studying and Learning

5. Take Tests Confidently

Having Text Anxiety, Preparing Mentally, Preparing Physically, Preparing Emotionally, Taking Tests

6. Complete Your Papers, Projects & Presentations

Planning and Completing, Researching, Papers & Projects, Presentations

Make SMART Choices

In the leadership and management classes Dr. Mahaney taught for the Depts. of Defense and Interior, she included a decision making model. Consistently, the leaders / managers in those classes said they wished they had learned the model early in their careers, so they could have avoided so many bad choices.

As her focus shifted to working with youth, Teri remembered those comments. She decided to make that decision making process available to youth – and wrote these books for them – in their language – about their issues.


Make SMART Choices with Tyler and Friends guides youth through a simple 5 step process for critical thinking and decision making. The process is fun to learn and easy to apply. The characters in the book work through real life problems, step by step, to positive solutions.

My Personal Workbook is a companion for the book. The SMART Choices team – Tyler, Maria, Ethan, Tomiko and Dakota – guides the reader through the 5 steps process – step-by-step- to solve one of their problems. The team presents information and activities that help readers go deeper into the process of making SMART Choices.

Available on Amazon


Praise from Students, Teachers, Parents & Librarians

This book was very inspirational for me. I loved how it was based on real teen times. And how they were put to the test to choose the right thing. I hope that more teenage girls read this book and I hope that they will love it as much as I did.

Lisa Valencia  7th grade, Hermanitas Program

Fabulous. Absolutely fabulous. It should be used in classrooms.

Kristen Cohn, Valley Middle School Library

Every classroom should read this book and understand the importance of smart decision making. It is very interesting – fluent and precise – and describes how kids should plan their futures.

Wyatt Reyes, 9th grade

SMART CHOICES should be available to every middle school student. It is fun and light – with problems and vocabulary that are familiar to all youth. It would be a great resource for parents!.

Ro Watson, Middle School Teacher

Kids should read this book because it shows how to take responsibility.

Tyce Smallwood, 6th grade, Boys & Girls Club

Tasha really enjoyed working through SMART Choices. I will certainly use SMART Choices in the future and to assist others. Thank you, Teri, for writing it.

Karen Pritchett, Parent

Young people will read this book because it is about them. They can see themselves and relate to the dilemmas and predicaments Tyler and his friends work through. Thanks for teaching our kids to think and problem solve. Well-done Teri!

Candyce Spruel, Marriage and Family Therapist

I really liked this book because it’s fun, easy to read and educational. I wished I had known about SMART Choices when I was being bullied at school last year. It would have helped me to make better decisions. I chose to change schools to stop the bullying, but after I worked through SMART CHOICES, I would have chosen to stay and stand up for myself. I would have stopped the bullying and gained more self esteem. I’m now using SMART CHOICES to help me make choices on my career after high school.  Thank you for writing this book, I think it will help teenagers my age to look at and solve problems much better.

Tasha Arms, 9th Grade, DETOUR and FANCY programs for teen girls

I really liked your book. I think people will actually use the SMART process to solve their problems. It’s a great book and very useful.

Dulce Martinez, 7th grade, Hermanitas Program

I think other kids should read this because it could really help them with their problems.

Ariel Smallwood, 8th grade, Calavera Community Center