Narrative 4 - Michele Borba SQ

World-renowned educational psychologist Dr Michele Borba confirmed as the keynote speaker for Narrative 4 Ireland webinar

April 2021

While we may be producing a smart, self-assured generation of young people, today’s kids are also the most self-centered, saddest, and stressed on record”

That’s according to Dr Michele Borba, one of the world’s most respected educational psychologists, who was today announced as the keynote presenter at a Narrative 4 Ireland webinar to be hosted on May 6th.

The webinar, entitled ‘Pandemic Generation- Teaching Social and Emotional Skills to Young People’ will focus on the skills young people need to be taught in order for them to thrive. The event will also feature a Q&A session.

As a teacher; educational consultant; and parent for 40 years, Dr. Borba has never been more worried for young people than she is about this current generation of youths.

Her work around the world concerns the widespread recognition that student mental health is plummeting, depression rates among teens are rising, young people are reporting severe anxiety at ever-younger ages – and the pandemic has only exacerbated this crisis.

A highly sought-after motivational speaker and expert in parenting, bullying, and character development, Dr Michele Borba has spoken on five continents and has served as a consultant to hundreds of schools and corporations including Sesame Street, Harvard, U.S. Air Force Academy, and US Army bases across Europe and the Asian-Pacific.

Speaking in advance of her Narrative 4 Ireland webinar, Dr Borba said:

Data shows that today’s kids are the loneliest, most stressed, and risk averse on record. Though well-educated, they are failing to launch in real life. New research says seven traits are key in helping kids thrive.

In this webinar I want to focus on those key traits, all of which are teachable. I hope to demonstrate just how crucial these traits are for academic and personal success but also how these traits can help to improve mental health and resilience”, she adds.

The webinar is hosted by Narrative 4 Ireland which was co-founded by Irish author Colum McCann in 2012. Narrative 4’s mission is to utilise an evidence-based methodology that teaches young people social and emotional skills and improves well-being.

This programme is based on the principles of circle work has been proven to increase well-being in the classroom and address issues around bullying and youth mental health.

Since establishing an Irish base in Limerick in 2016, Narrative 4 has flourished, connecting with over 18,000 young people across 25 counties and by training post-primary teachers and youth workers who deliver the programme.

James Lawlor, Regional Director of Narrative 4 Ireland says that Dr Borba’s webinar will demonstrate just how to give young people the empathy advantage.

We are extremely excited to be announcing Dr Borba as our webinar presenter on May 6th. Respected around the world, much of Dr Borba’s work and research has influenced what we do at Narrative 4.

Her webinar is sure to provide a fascinating, research-based approach offering practical solutions to both parents and educators at a time when such solutions are particularly needed”, he added.

Dr Borba is the author of Unselfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World and her most recent publication Thrivers: The Surprising Reason Why Some Kids Struggle and Others Shine has received international critical acclaim.

She is an NBC contributor who appears regularly on Today and has been featured as an expert on Dateline, The View, Dr. Phil, NBC Nightly News, Fox & Friends, Dr. Oz, and The Early Show, among many others.

The webinar ‘Pandemic Generation- Teaching Social and Emotional Skills to Young People’ will be hosted by Narrative 4 Ireland on May 6th 2021 at 7pm.

Tickets for this webinar can be purchased at here and are priced at €10 per attendee.