about all it takes
All It Takes is a non-profit organization that equips youth with essential emotional intelligence skills to successfully navigate their lives and support their communities.
Our work cultivates safer schools and communities through experiential social-emotional learning methodology. We teach young people at critical life stages to practice empathy, compassion, initiative, responsibility, and purpose in order to create sustainable, positive outcomes.
All It Takes is an organization founded by transformation trainer, Lori Woodley. We see a world with people who have what it takes to be leaders both in their own lives and for others. Leaders who, through purposeful and compassionate action, make positive changes in their schools, communities and, ultimately, our world. We see a world where all people are empowered with the tools, confidence and awareness they need to inspire sustainable forward momentum that matters most to them.
We see a world with people who have what it takes to be leaders both in their own lives and for others.
Leaders who, through courageous and compassionate action, make positive changes in the world that benefit us all.
We see a world where all people get the tools and education they need to navigate their lives and inspire sustainable forward momentum in their communities and beyond.
We see a world where we first notice, and then we choose and ultimately act in ways that bring well being, acceptance, and joy within our circles, our families, our schools, our communities and our world.
This is OUR VISION, and All It Takes is YOU!
Notice Choose Act® is a template for making powerful and purposeful decisions that guide us to create outcomes that we feel proud of and take responsibility for. When outcomes are not what we hoped they would be, we still take responsibility, learn from it and move forward.
Being a powerful leader, in our own life and for others, starts after we NOTICE. Leaders notice that something needs to be done; they notice when someone needs help; they notice when people are left out or having a rough day, and finally they notice when things are not quite right or missing in their own life. Leaders also notice what is right in their circle and in their communities and work to keep good things moving forward. Leaders see opportunities to improve situations or create new ones for the benefit of self, others and the environment in which we coexist.
Choosing means deciding what we desire outcomes to be rather than simply letting outcomes happen. Choosing on purpose is also being responsible for the outcomes that come from the choice. Leaders choose from a purpose driven state to see the positive outcomes they desire.
Finally, leaders ACT on what they first noticed and what they then chose as desired outcomes. It is not enough to Notice and Choose, those are done in our heads, and they are about our thoughts and our intentions. Without Action there are no real results even when we have the most positive desires and intentions. Leaders ACT in ways that support a positive result from what they have Noticed and Chosen. Sometimes right action is challenging and often why without purposeful noticing and choosing we may fall short of acting in bold and compassionate ways.
Leaders first NOTICE. Leaders then CHOOSE. They choose to stay passive, impartial, non-active OR they choose to do something about what they notice. They choose ‘on purpose’ rather than from automatic responses and past habits. To choose on purpose one must first notice what they are deciding about and pay attention to the information or situation presented. Active listening, strong communication and recognition of the outcome one desires is necessary for leaders to choose purposely. Learning to recognize the ‘little voice’ that runs through all our heads and deciding, again, on purpose if the little voice is being helpful or hindering, uplifting or down putting.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
At All It Takes, our mission is to promote well-being and social emotional wellness for ALL youth and ALL of those who serve them. We strive to provide the opportunity and the tools for them to empower themselves through accountable action, resilience, and positive decision making.
We know that diverse representation within our organization and programming is vital to this mission. Diversity is a multi-faceted construct, and each identity brings with it a lived experience that has unique insights to offer. When we speak of diversity, we acknowledge the tapestry of race, origin, socio-economic status, religion, sexual orientation, educational experience, physical and mental capabilities, gender identification, work and career choices, and more. All It Takes knows that breaking down social and emotional barriers begins with the understanding that no matter how different we may perceive each other to be, we can always find common ground in how our lived experiences make us feel. As such, exposure to diversity is a core tenant of our flagship Legacy Summit and many of our other programs, providing the opportunity for authentic understanding and appreciation for differences between people.
Further, we believe that by acting with compassion and transparency, defending equity, and using authentic connections, we can collaborate towards social solutions to systemic flaws and be a part of the path towards a more just and equitable society.