Words From a Parent whose daughter did mentorship sessions with Xylem last school year, 2016-2017:

“Friends with Teens/middle schoolers- 
I know how dynamic raising teenagers can be and I have personally felt the saying “it takes a village to raise a child” has a lot of truth to it through out the entirety of child rearing however I would argue most important during the adolescent/teen years. Xylem Larla Dey is someone you want on your team. Xylem has been a bridge between my children and my husband and I, in addition to mentoring, inspiring, educating, and guiding my children with love, kindness, integrity and compassion. She has helped us all to feel stronger, more connected and harmonious! I am SO grateful to have this woman in our lives! Without her I don’t know what we would do, I do know there would be a lot less grace and ease in our family. I encourage any parent looking for support with their teen/middle school age kids to consider bringing Xylem into your family. 

– Testimonial from Nicky Maloney, Pilates Instructor………. Nicky’s then-16 year old daughter did weekly mentorship sessions with Xylem, and her then-6th grade daughter was in Xylem’s leadership class at NCSA. 

Words from Teens after working with Xylem in the Camp Augusta Teen Leadership Program, 2014-2015:

 “I want to thank you so much for this beautiful gift you have given me. I don’t think I have ever received such thorough feedback and thought. I can see the amount of time and effort and thoughtfulness that has gone into this, and I have so much appreciation for everything you have done throughout the course of this last year.”

                     -17 year old girl



“Thank you for the guidance, love and support.  Thank you for being a mentor and inspiration in my life…  I have seen a visible difference in myself over these past 10 months…”
                     – 16 year old boy

“NVC and clean communication have made a huge impact on me.  I wasn’t expecting to be so changed by these philosophies.  They’ve impacted my family, friends, and peers.  I see people at school reaching out to me because they feel safe when they are around me… You have inspired me to live with more empathy and compassion, not only towards others but towards myself.”

                     – 16 year old girl

“You are a mentor and role model in my life, and I would be a very different person if I hadn’t spent all these months learning from you.  I have seen… a visible impact in my life, and the lives of those around me.  I want to thank you for the endless hours of feedback, work, emails, and love that you gave to this program.  I love and miss you very much!”
                     -17 year old boy



Stress Busting Meditations

  • Nature Awareness
  • Breathing & Exercise
  • Visualizations

Communication Tools

  • Nonviolent Communication
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Empathy Counseling
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Building Rapport

Facilitation & Presentation

  • Intentional Speech
  • Impactful Messaging
  • Group Leadership Styles

Diversity Training

  • Media Literacy
  • Cultural Awareness
  • Current Events Discussion thru a Social & Environmental Justice Lens