andrea kissing a dolphin

 

Hello! Thank you for coming to my website. My name is Andrea Stephenson and I am a wife and mom of a curious, energetic preschooler!

I started Simply Outrageous Youth because there is a need to teach our children life skills using fun and on-hands methods. When I was young, one of my responsibilities was to sit down and fill out checks for household bills. My older brother, who created the Simply Outrageous name, taught me about credit scores and the stock market through role plays and games.

Creating this same experience for my son and other children is something I love to do!

My History

I went to Davidson College in North Carolina and received a Master of Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis. I have been a Social Worker for over 12 years. My experience includes being a play therapist, directing a mentor program for kids who have been abused and neglected, and helping children start businesses.

Simply Outrageous Youth is born

While in graduate school, I created a financial literacy curriculum  taught by myself and Master of Business students at the local public and private schools. This was my first independent contract and it helped cover living expenses while being a student.

After graduate school, the official Simply Outrageous Youth brand was created in 2006 and is designed to utilize innovative and exciting methods of teaching business, financial, and life skills to 4th – 8th grade students.

We offer a variety of curricula that can be facilitated in after school, in-school, and summer programs.  Our lessons incorporate fun, games and role-plays, to teaching children from every background.  We teach youth concepts that are not offered in most schools such as money and business management, career development, and life skills.

The focus of Simply Outrageous Youth is enhancing the educational needs of children ages 9 – 15. Our goal is to encourage fun learning and curiosity in the classroom.

Previously, we had 30 certified teachers that served over 500 youth in 24 schools and community organizations in the greater Philadelphia, Delaware, St. Louis, Chicago, Charlotte, and Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

We have decided to reach more youth through offering our curricula online that includes over 100 hours of programming. The lessons are designed for teachers and youth workers to follow curricula instruction and facilitate to groups of children.

Mom Life and Why I Blog

Now that I am a mom, exposing my son to new and fun experiences has become my joy. I started blogging so I can share these experiences with you! The whole world has become our learning playground and new knowledge can be gained anywhere.

My son has expanded my definition of what fun learning entails! The creative and exploratory manner in which children learn is mind blowing. I am exciting about what will come next! So, let’s go on this journey together.

Interesting facts 

  • Love the challenge of answering all my son’s questions.
  • Unintentionally taught my son to read at 21 months through play.
  • Grew up playing three instruments: piano, French horn, and flute.
  • One of my favorites places to hang out is the library and book stores.
  • I love eating lemons. Yum!
  • I have been to 4 of the 7 continents.
  • I have lived in 5 states.
  • I write with my left hand but throw and cut with my right.
  • I have kissed a dolphin.