Ben Speaks provides access to expressive & healing arts resources for youth, families, and communities.

EVENTS

Ben Speaks will help empower youth,their families and communities by providing tools to help them develop & evolve.

Judy Giovangelo – MA Conference for Women 2013

Judy Giovangelo, the Massachusetts Conference for Women - Be The Change Award Winner speaks about ending bullying, accepting people for who they are, and stamping out the culture of extreme competition that drives so much of the teen bullying and teen suicide today. Judy's son Ben took his own life because he felt he could not fit in. He was a victim of bullying and the focus on winning at all costs that dominates so many schools today. In the face of tragedy, Judy became a prime example of womens leadership arising from a need to change that status quo and save others from damaging norms. Her campaign for teen suicide prevention and ending teen bullying takes her into schools where kids need to hear the message this couragous woman has to share.

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Testimonials

Amazing job! Such a great program. It’s amazing how much what you teach helps us. Thank you so much

Jenn Fitzgerald, Westfield

This was my first yoga experience and it was fun and stress relieving

Shawn Bailey, Westfield

Made me feel so good after. I felt so relaxed and everything I was stressed about did not matter anymore

Elizabeth Sistrand

Very relaxing and calming

Gina Simonetti, Westfield

Mama Gio is an amazing person and her word needs to be heard by all – Extremely helpful.

Matt Lapan, Westfield State College

Excellent – over the top – This all makes a lot of sense. My eyes have definitely been opened.

Tiffany, Westfield State College

Judy truly an artist and visionary in many fields. She has a natural ability to lead that has allowed her to continue to grow in her community as a yoga/healing facilitator. I worked as Judy’s assistant for over a year. She respected me as an equal and allowed me to develop my own leadership skills and design skills under her guidance. Not only did I work with Judy, but I was also a client and shared Yoga and healing with her first hand. She opened me up to a regular Yoga practice, spirit singing and Reiki which allowed me to grow physically, emotionally and spiritually. Without her mentorship I truly don’t believe I would have the confidence I now posses to pursue my own creative and professional endeavors. She inspired me to work in the creative arts when I lacked support from others and she was a model of success in this field. Judy takes on challenges with grace and ease and is a gifted public speaker. I recommend her work without reservation!

KT O’Donnell , Friend/Former Colleague

This morning on the “Today Show” there was a segment entitled Stressed-out Kids. It dealt with the benefits of Yoga to reduce stress in our children so they may learn and retain what they learn in school. The segment also expressed the huge health benefits of yoga for children and adults. With proper instruction our children would thrive with yoga as a means of coping with stress. Judy has been running successful yoga and “Stress-less Workshops” for Adults, children, scouts, and teachers long before it became fashionable. It has been her passion to heal, help and teach young minds to deal with the challenges we all face in our modern society. I have personally experienced Judy’s yoga classes. I have been her student and friend for more than 3 years. My wife Linda who is a 2nd grade teacher at Jefferson Elementary School in Franklin Massachusetts and many of her friends have also been taking yoga instructions with Judy for over 3 years. We all highly recommend her as a loving, competent, experienced yoga and Stress-less Workshop Instructor for both children and adults.

Paul A. Chelman Owner/Operator Enchanted Fox, Inc

Dear Ms. Judy, I just wanted to tell you how amazing your presentation at my school was. It really changed everyone’s point of view on the subject – even the tough and popular kids were changed, I could tell. We never got to complete the hands and feet portion but we were all still talking about it long after you were there! You really made a difference at our school and I hope you will continue telling other kids and schools this message.

Vincent Roberts – Six Grader – St. Joseph’s Middle School, Needham MA

Watching Judy give these presentations was an incredibly impressive and deeply moving experience. In each of the presentations, the children were engaged, had their hearts and minds open, were compassionate, attentive, honest, present and grateful. Judy was able to reach them in a way I have never seen an adult be able to lJudy is a natural, humble, kind and compassionate leader. She never lost control of the audience. Nor were any of the children disruptive. The children respected her, trusted her and felt compassion for her. Judy was successful in reaching the true selves of the students. The teachers who observed the presentation were also deeply moved and impressed. Many teachers and students came up to Judy afterwards to thank her and told her how helpful the experience was. After the presentation, one student approached a school administrator and said, “You brought her here for me, didn’t you?
I truly believe if every school invited Judy to present her workshops/presentations to the students, there would be less bullying, teen suicide, depression and drug use and more powerful, confident, happy, healthy, compassionate and loving children.

Sandra Pugh, owner of Plugged In Teen Bands, A non-profit organization in Needham, Ma.

I just want to thank you again for visiting and sharing with our kids. I wanted to let you know the feedback I got from the counselors after camp today was very positive. They thought it was a very appropriate presentation for Prana, and greatly appreciated you sharing your personal story. We all felt it was a good starting point for conversation with the campers.

Roberta Weiner, director of the Prana Center