UNIQUELY YOURS

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Groups: 4

Experiences: 54

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Uniquely Yours- Everyone has a story worth sharing. Your story is comprised of experiences which have shaped you into the person you are today. Our children are created with a unique purpose and placed in our care so that we can love them, help them learn to love others and teach them how to thrive in the world. Much to our dismay, they do not come with a guidebook. This is your community to connect and collaborate on the most important topic that we face today.


Community Information



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Are you someone that wants to collaborate on the most important topic we are facing today? Parenting. This Community is for you. Here we will collaborate on how we can work together to all become successful on such an important topic. Here we belive that we all have a story, we all have our parenting struggles, we all have a voice, and we can all help each other. 

Your Stories- Your Children

Everyone has a story worth sharing. Your story is comprised of experiences which have shaped you into the person you are today.  Our children are created with a unique purpose and placed in our care so that we can love them, help them learn to love others and teach them how to thrive in the world.  Much to our dismay, they do not come with a guidebook.  Although there are many parenting books out there, we learn the most from the experiences of others who have gone before us that are willing to share their authentic stories of parenthood. Ultimately, your child's own life experiences will mold and shape them into who they were created to be.  Often, it is at our most difficult and painful parts of life that we discover our purpose. Teens can utilize their own community here in Convene, Uniquely U, for help in making sense of their own experiences, and to realize that they aren't alone. 

The Unique Challenge of Parenting a Teen

Our job is not to fix our child when they feel broken.  It is to love them as best we can, learn to listen, honor their feelings and to help them develop resiliency when life's challenges come their way.  We cannot expect our children to grow in areas they are struggling unless we are willing to grow ourselves.  Here at Uniquely Yours, we have created a space for you to share, learn and grow as a parent.  We are all experts of our own story and your story adds value here when it can reach someone going through a similar circumstance.  There are helpful tools that true parenting experts will provide here as well such as podcasts, webinars and training modules to help you become the best parent you can be.   

 

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Meet the Uniquely Yours and Uniquely U Community Leaders

JEDLf0w9tVdmCRSM1Nk5F2Y8AGGCxwc2NbbWuWMu.pngMatthew Currin is the Creator and Founder of Convene Communities. His message to you is that "You have just joined one of the most important communities that we have on Convene Communities and I want to thank you for being here."

Matt is a medically retired U.S. Marine Corp veteran. He spent 14 years in the Marine Corps as a pilot. He led some of the initial missions in Afghanistan in 2001/2. He also planned and help execute the airfield seizure of Kandahar International Airport in 2001.

Matt's life forever changed in 2001 as he lost one of his closest friends in a preventable helicopter accident. On July 9th, 2001, one of Matt's closest friends, Sgt. Clark Beaty lost his life from a 10-second, avoidable, mistake. The information that could have saved him was never shared. I knew there had to be a better way. I wanted to ensure necessary information could be shared to keep people alive. 

Today, Matt still operates as a pilot. He's also a dad, husband, entrepreneur, and has a Master's Degree in Counseling. Matt is always here to walk beside you, along with the other community leaders who are passionate parent and child advocates.

 

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Kate Gallihugh spent 19 years of her life practicing pediatric medicine.  During her medical career, she relized patients would be more apt to bring their wall down during a sensitive conversation if she could connect with them through parts of her own life story.  She also discovered that some of the best parenting advice (that actually worked with her kids) came from other parents, not her textbooks! 

Kate has seen the healing power of belonging to a like-minded community and sharing our stories after she reclaimed her own mental and physical health with the OPTAVIA program in 2018.  She elected to become an Independent Certified OPTAVIA Coach to pay the gift of health forward to others.  Her passion is to empower parents and young people to create a healthier family unit by providing them with tools and support to gain control over their emotions, mindset and lifestyle. 

Kate had a vision in 2020 to create two separate communities where parents and teens/young adults could share stories and wisdom acquired through life experience for the good of others.  She knew the communities needed to be safe, moderated and allow for anonymity.  A pivotal conversation on the beach with Jeff Bateson led Kate to Convene Communities, "a platform with a purpose," and Uniquely U and Uniquely Yours became a reality.  Within Convene Communities, Kate is the leader of the Wellness Community, Uniquely U and Uniquely Yours.  She is also wife and mother of two adolescent boys and loves to remain open and curious to learning new things.  She is excited to learn from you in this space as well!

 

 

 

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Jeff Bateson is a life-long educator, working as a head collegiate soccer coach for 20 years, close to two decades as a youth soccer coach and director of coaching, and most recently entering the classroom for his fourth year as a middle and high school teacher. His wife, Kristy, is a pediatric physical therapist and he is the proud father of two young ladies entering the 8th and 9th grades this year. He holds a degree in Elementary Education from Alma College as well as a Master's degree in Athletic Administration from Central Michigan University. Jeff has also been helping grow Convene Communities since 2015. He is a part of Convene's Core team as the Chief Operating Officer, as well as a Community Leader for the Soccer, Coaching, Teachers and Adventure communities (both Coming Soon). 

Having grown up in an extended family full of teachers and educators, Jeff has always had a desire to help others become the best versions of themselves. He used this inclination while coaching, making sure that his players not only become better players but more importantly become better people in the long run. Jeff still has those same desires for his students today while teaching and coaching his high-schoolers.

Jeff wants to use this community to continue to helps others by connecting people in need to those who can help. He also sees this community as a great way for himself to learn from others. Learning from others, especially the experts who join this awesome community, will only allow Jeff to guide his students in a more positive way through life, his ultimate goal in teaching and coaching. 

 


Community Leadership

Community Leader
Kate Gallihugh

Community Members

65 members in the Community

3 Convene Private Memberships

4 Convene Premier Memberships



Community Public Groups


Thrive Together - (FFCH)
Depression, anxiety, conflict, and loneliness are at all-time highs while our schools and workplaces focus on cognitive skills. What’s needed is for us all to learn how to create healthy and rewarding relationships with ourselves, each other, and Earth. The Thrive Together group is hosted by The Foundation for Family and Community Healing for youth and adults to develop the skills and habits needed to create mental, emotional, and relationship health in a safe, online space. We are a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization with the passionate mission of helping us all to create healthy and rewarding relationships with self, others, Earth, and the loving force that connects us. FFCH offers skill development resources presented in beautiful online educational modules for individuals, students, employees, family members, and community organizations, to create behavior change that leads to healthier and more fulfilling lives. If you wish to learn more about us and how we can help your organization, please reach out to shakim@familyandcommunityhealing.org for more information.
Shakim Craft
Loving Your Child's Brain - Giving them every chance to flourish through their lifetime
This Group guides parents of children of any age from birth to old age in understanding what various parts of the brain do when they are working well and when they are misfiring. It provides In-depth guidance on changes that can be made to improve your child's ability to live their best life from school and work, to relationships, to ability to choose the career they want when that time comes, to pushing off diseases like dementia, Alzheimer's, memory loss and stroke as far off as possible by changing habits, life choices and behaviors.
Jim Hendrix

Community Public Experiences


What is the BEST Parenting Advice You Ever Received?
When we first become parents we are all rookies. In every stage of parenting we enter this reality does not change. What is the best advice you have ever received?
Matthew Currin
The Reality of Social Media
The reality of social media is that it is here to stay. As parents we must learn how to manage this with our kids. It is harder than you might think!
Matthew Currin
Coming Out On Top!!
In today's world teenagers face a tremendous amount of pressure. Because they have a lot of pressure, the parents face a lot of pressure. It is our responsibility to support them.
Matthew Currin
Parenting Is Not a Competitive Sport
Someday, your son or daughter will look back on their youth sports experience. What will they remember?
Jeff Bateson
We Are The Lucky Ones!!
I loved to be moved to tears. Often my wife ask me why I watch the videos that I do- and the answer is simple- tears are good for the soul!!
Matthew Currin
The Sobering Reality of Parents with school aged children.
There are undeniable truths that parents and their school aged children realize.
Eugene Brown Jr
Childhood Memories- How Important Are They?
Childhood Memories- How Important Are They?
Matthew Currin
Almost The End! .39 Alcohol Level
I almost died! .39 Alcohol Level and on the brink of death!
Matthew Currin
THE POWER OF WRITING YOUR STORY
Have you ever dug way deep into your past in order to reflect on how some of your current limiting beliefs or behaviors began? This is a powerful exercise in your journey of self-discovery and I will share with you how taking the time to write my truth impacted my future.
Kate Gallihugh
Crazy Sports Parents
Crazy Sports Parents, We Know Who You Are. Just Stop.
Aaron Reeves
Loving Your Child's Brain - Giving them every chance to flourish through their lifetime
This course guides parents of children of any age from birth to old age in understanding what various parts of the brain do when they are working well and when they are misfiring. It provides In-depth guidance on changes that can be made to improve your child's ability to live their best life from school to relationships to ability to choose the career they want when that time comes to pushing off diseases like dementia, Alzheimer's, memory loss and stroke by changing habits and life choices and habits. This material is wide ranging but not a traditional parenting program. It empowers parents to make a huge difference in their child's life now and through their lifetime. It is illustrated with SPECT images that show how well the brain is functioning and what a healthy brain looks like and what brains with a variety of challenges look like that make issues so obvious that they can even be used on. preschoolers to help them make better choices. It turns behavioral issues into brain issues that can be treated. It covers traumatic brain injuries and PTSD, depression, anxiety, being stuck and stubborn, ADD/ADHD, Bipolar and Schizophrenia. It allows every child to flourish whether their issues are clinical or subclinical. This Experience. has six experiences that are free which give parents enough information to choose which paid experiences would benefit their child most or the entire series can be taken at a discounted price. I also have an assessment that the parents, teacher and even the child if old enough can fill out and I will score and spend an hour reviewing the results and subsequently recommend a plan to optimize your child's chances to flourish, I can write a Dear Doctor letter if medication is indicated and in cases where it is warranted or desired make a referral to one of the 10 Amen clinics for a SPECT scan assessment and treatment protocol in very difficult cases.
Jim Hendrix
I am From...
I am From is a poem written by Laney Currin. It is meant for us to reflect on where we are from and what makes us who we are.
Laney Currin