Power of Me for Boys

We welcome all gender identities and expressions. Please choose the workshop group where you will feel most comfortable.

In the Power of Me for Boys workshops, we provide opportunities for boys to connect with their inner warrior while making friends and learning healthy ways to express their emotions and resolve a conflict.

Workshops include centering activities, mindful movement (Tai Chi, Yoga, Martial Arts), and a time to explore the workshop topic in a safe, encouraging environment.

The Power of Me for Boys is designed to be offered to boys in grades 4-8.

Sample Topics:

  • Exploring Emotions: Finding the Warrior Within
  • Conflict Resolution: The Art of Fighting Without Fighting
  • Pirates & Ninjas: Navigating Healthy Relationships

Here’s what Power of Me offers:

Monthly 2-hour workshops throughout the school year

All workshops include mindful  movement, stress management techniques, and mindful snack.

Power of Me Tools and Swag

Power of Me Workbook PDF

Power of Me worksheets and folder

Free and discounted additional classes

A glitter ball



Your child will connect with other same-age peers experiencing similar situations.

2018 Schedule


Saint Paul // St. Timothy

1465 N Victoria St, St Paul, MN 55117

1:00 – 3:00 pm

September 23rd – Goal Setting – all groups together at St Timothy in St Paul – parents invited!
October 7th – Healthy Relationships: Consent and Communication
November 4th – Conflict Resolution


My son participated and he really enjoyed the class – his favorite parts being the Tai Chi and learning about Yin/yang. There are so many classes like this for girls and I am happy that you are developing this series for boys.

Sarah G- Mom

March 16, 2017

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if the Power of Me is right for my child?
The Power of Me was developed to be valuable to all participants in grades 4-8, regardless of ability level. Dusty Thune, MA Ed. has taught Special Education in the St. Paul Public Schools, specifically classes for improving self-advocacy and empowerment. Ben Swarts is the creator and owner of HardShell Fitness in Minneapolis. He is also a martial artist, teacher, powerlifter, kettlebell instructor, and gardener. The Power of Me instructors strive to make our workshops accessible for all participants and ensure that everyone feels welcome and included in the group.
How does payment for Power of Me memberships work?

When you sign up for the Power of Me memberships, you will be asked to provide credit/debit card information. Upon signing up for the Power of Me Membership, you will submit the first month’s payment. Subsequent payments will occur October  – May.

What happens if I join after September 1st?

The monthly fee is the same, and you will still have access to all that is offered in your membership tier, minus any workshops that have already occurred.

Do you offer scholarships for the Power of Me?

A very limited number of scholarships will be offered to children who are in need. If you believe you may qualify, please email us.

Can I cancel my Power of Me membership?

Power of Me memberships are offered over the course of a school year.  When you begin a Power of Me membership you receive a ton of value and support from day 1. Because so much planning goes into each membership, early cancellation will result in a $250 cancellation fee.

Do you offer refunds?

The Power of Me has been implemented with students from a variety of backgrounds and ability levels, and we’ve seen it consistently have a substantial impact on kids’ lives. We do not offer refunds. In the event that you should need to cancel your membership early, you will be able to for a fee.

Can my child make up a missed workshop?
At this time Power of Me for boys is hosted in St. Paul only, which means we don’t have alternate makeup days available.

My son loved it! Yesterday my younger son was throwing a fit and he told him a few different ways he could calm himself down that he learned at the Power of Me. So cute! He really enjoyed the Tai Chi part of it, too.

Leann M. –Mom

March 16, 2017

My son said he liked how interactive it was. He didn’t think anyone got bored.

Jo S. – Mom

April 11, 2017