Dream Up Now™
THE TEEN JOURNAL
FOR CREATIVE SELF-DISCOVERY

by Rayne Lacko with community outreach advisor Lesley Holmes

Now available from Free Spirit Publishing, a leader in academic resources since 1983. Teens feel a wide range of sometimes-overwhelming, often-fluctuating, intense emotions. To help teens understand, manage, and channel their emotions into passion for the life they want to live, this guided journal includes 36 creative activities. Crafted by community leaders across North America, these activities encourage teens to create, draw, listen to music, and put pen to paper as they process emotions, discover more about themselves, and pursue what they want out of life.

Dream Up Now™ offers a safe space for creative self-expression
of all emotions, both positive and negative.

Every emotion is valid in this journal, and teens are encouraged
to move from dark (negative) to light (positive) emotions. For example:
Using simple journal prompts and art project ideas, with plenty of room for writing and reflection, Dream Up Nowis a powerful tool for navigating emotions and self-reflection. It also includes information to help teens advocate for music programs or start a club in their school.

Why Dream Up Now™… now?

It’s a phenomenon cutting across suburban, urban and rural demographics.

  • In a recent study, about 3 million American teens ages 12 to 17 had at least one major depressive episode. (Dept. of Health and Human Services.)
  • 30% of girls and 20% of boys totalling 6.3 million teens had an anxiety disorder. (National Institute of Mental Health)
  • In 2015, more than 2 million teens reported experiencing depression that impaired their day function. (Dept. of Health and Human Services.)
With these staggering statistics, the idea for helping young people move from darkness into light formed the foundation of Dream Up Now. The Dream Up Now™ guided journal offers a fun and cost-effective solution to managing fluctuating teen emotions, while supporting positive mental health.

Increasingly, schools are turning to counseling and outreach to alleviate the epidemic of anxiety and depression affecting adolescents nationwide. Community support raises awareness and helps educate teens about the importance of self-care.
However, there’s an engaging and effective solution to managing fluctuating teen emotions and mental health that is proven in countless studies, and is relatively easy for budget-minded libraries, schools, and parents to implement: the arts.

Start learning now - Courses for Teens and Instructors

“Dream Up Now™ is a great tool for encouraging teens to really think through their emotions, breaking down their responses to a wide variety of emotions and processing them creatively – through writing, drawing, music, reflection, planning and more.” – Christie Burnett, Childhood101.com

Each person has an individual approach to self-expression, so it’s important to offer a mix of creative opportunities.

Programs - Live Training & Online Courses

Leadership Asynchronous online course.

Love yourself and treat yourself to a dream career!

When you were a teen, was there one special teacher, coach, or parent who believed in you — who really listened and tried to understand you? 

LeadershipYour choice: Live, online training; OR live, in-person training; OR asynchronous online course.

This presentation will be of interest to educators of students in grades 6 through 12, school and district leaders, librarians, counselors and coaches, and curriculum directors. *Contents have been approved for PD in many schools, districts, and states and will provide a CE certificate. Length: 50 minutes.

FREE online mini-course! Learn to meditate

Meditation will help teens:

  • Increase self-confidence 
  • Ease anxiety
  • Greater self-awareness 
  • Foster kindness to self 
  • Improved brain function 

Make Art, Feel Good! 

Dream Up Now offers a safe space for creative self-expression of all emotions, both positive and negative. Every emotion is valid in this journal, and teens are encouraged to move from dark (negative) to light (positive) emotions.

Online, synchronous 6-week transformational workshop for teens ages 12-18.

Speaking Opportunities

In-person or online. Customized to your group’s needs. Synchronous.

In-person or online. Customized to your group’s needs. Synchronous.

In-person or online. Customized to your group’s needs. Synchronous.

In-person or online. Customized to your group’s needs. Synchronous.

In-person or online. Customized to your group’s needs. Synchronous.

Start learning now - Courses for Teens and Instructors

“Dream Up Now is a great tool for encouraging teens to really think through their emotions, breaking down their responses to a wide variety of emotions and processing them creatively – through writing, drawing, music, reflection, planning and more.” – Christie Burnett, Childhood101.com