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Know Thyself - SelfAwareness Bootcamp for High School Students

2 Weeks


Cohort-based Course

Want to bag that scholarship? Have no idea what to do at Uni? Struggling with self confidence? Want to be a high achiever?

Hosted by

Mariacristina Saraceno, Worldwide Mentor to Teens and Young Adults. MSc in Applied Neuroscience, MA in Diplomatic Studies.

I help students have clarity, be resourceful, find their purpose, have an impact

Course overview

A message for parents

You want to do the best for your child. You want them to flourish at college, but they don't know what they would like to do or if they are making the right choices. Teens are under terrible pressure. You might think you don't put it on them. Yet hey still feel it.

The pressure is palpable at home. They snap back at you, or they are endlessly locked up in their room. You are worried. They feel it. They want to succeed, not for you – for themselves, on their own terms. Yet they don't know how. If they are high achievers, they focus all their energy on school and not much is left for having a life or contributing to the community. They are exhausted.

They might loath failure and become depressed when they perceive they have failed. They might not have found their tribe yet, and feel very lonely.

You want to avoid your teens experimenting with the wrong self-soothing strategies: alcohol, drugs, self-harm, binge eating or worse.

It's hard for you: soon you might have to separate from your child if they get accepted at University far from home. You want to know they are confident, strong and that they are going to make good choices.

This course is very time sensitive. It is urgent if your teen is between 14 and 18yo. It is the first in a 3 part series. After Self-Awareness come Vision – where we investigate their ultimate mission and means goals – and then Mindsets and Strategies.

It will save you and your child potential stress, all sorts of negative emotions, years and thousands of dollars, if they end up changing course half way through Uni.

You will reach your goal of helping them thrive, making good choices, being proud of themselves. You win because they win.

You know how mentors have been – or would have been – beneficial in your life. This might be the best investment you make for your children.

A message for teens

Lack of insight and optimal mindsets is the #1 obstacle to reaching your goals.

Are you still told what to do by school and parents? As an adult you will need to think with your own head and make your own decisions.

Rather than just reacting to stimuli, I would like you to have a plan. You need to know where you are now, where would you like to go, and have strategy to get there. This approach is a skill for life.

The course helps you come off the treadmill of school, music, and sport and lets you take an eagle eye view of where you are now.

Clarity on personal values, strengths and achievements is crucial for a successful life. It fosters self-confidence and and helps you making choices in our uncertain environment.

Yet, the school curriculum does not help you on this. You have to find your own strategies. I am here to shepherd you through.

Know yourself to get ahead. Who is this course for?


You want to make the best choices for you – most teens go on autopilot and let others decide for them on a huge range of experiences


You want to be ahead of the pack and save years, money and negative emotions: most people start asking themselves Qs in their 20s if at all.


You crave a sense of agency in your life and don't want be an eternal Peter Pan who stops behaving like a teen in their 40s.


You want to get the best strategies to get where you want to go, cutting through all the noise

What you’ll get out of this course

Be clear on foundational mindsets

Discover the 4 frameworks for happiness and life satisfaction and start to use them.

Open the fan of your experiences and hunt down enriched environments.

Understand and apply creativity in problem solving.

Build your CV: identify your character strengths, skills and key experiences to determine what impact you want on the world

Use the best frameworks and word prompts to write your own CV as a placeholder for all your experience and attitudes.

The result we are looking for is your self awareness, but as a by product, we'll have your CV ready by the end of the course.

Build your focus pies: where is your focus right now? Is that intentional or reactive? Where would you like your focus to be instead?

Your life is what you focus on. Most people just react to life events and don't consciously decide what to pay attention to.

Let's give a score to the different areas of your life. Why did you give that score?

We'll use life pies because they are fun to do and share.

Plot your current life satisfaction graph. You don't need to share it if you don't want to.

The graph will give us an insight on your perception of how your life is going overall.

We will introduce the concepts of emotional awareness and emotional control.

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Scholarships are available.

I will match every paying client with a scholarship.

Do you know of any students who cannot not afford this course, but would benefit from it?

Please direct them to youthhp.com where they can find out how to apply.

What parents and mentees are saying. And what we do together.

        My daughter started MC's mentoring last year. It's been crucial for her personal and academic growth. We could see her change almost in real time. Mariacristina managed to unlock Ginevra's phenomenal hidden potential. Having a mentor to help teens discover passions and goals makes a big difference in their future.


Mum of 2
        Thanks to Mariacristina's mentoring two of my daughters are acquiring new skills and awareness of their interests and potential. They are learning a lot about themselves, but also about the opportunities the world has to offer. Everyone should do this course. (Julia does job interview coaching – got the job – and applications to Master Degrees)


Mum of 3
        Mariacristina is an excellent mentor! She is helping my daughters find their path in life with enthusiasm and amazing skills. So grateful. Best investment I ever made! (Irene focuses on personal development – Georgia is going through an in depth search of Philosophy and Art degrees around Europe to find the best Uni course for her.


Mum of 3
        If you have an adolescent child, Mariacristina helps teens be more self aware, thus happier and more successful. I can tell by personal experience: she is great! (Noah has got a clear vision for his future. He's learning mindsets, strategies and means goals to get to his ultimate goal.)


Dad of 3
        It's been a life-changing experience for me! I definitely recommend it. Thank you Mariacristina for all the support and guidance you gave me. (Jennifer started with personal development and CV building, went on to finding her tribe and applying to UK and US Unis. Already accepted in the UK, she's waiting to hear from the MIT, Harvard, Yale).


Aspiring Physicist (17)
        The passion you put into mentoring these young talents to gain self awareness, and the experience you have and share with them, let your mentees be ready to take on the challenges that await them.


Dad of 2

How do you actually get insight? It is no lightbulb moment.

How do you actually get insight? It is no lightbulb moment.

Will I get insight if I just coast?

Most adults never worked on self-awareness, so they are left reacting haphazardly to what life throws at them. Erratic behaviours, frustration all strife are the consequences of lack of self-awareness.

Your life, your choice.

Is this what you want?

What questions should you ask yourself? Should you ask others for how they see you? How exactly is it done? What are the shortcuts?

How many months or years will it take to find the answers if you don't even know what the questions are?

I will help you navigating the fastest way to insight, using the "Learn, Do, Learn, Do model". We will use the "I do, We do, You do" structure, so that you see what's expected of you, we do it together first, and then you do it by yourself.

In a very short 6 hours over a weekend we will have a clear picture of where you are at now: your character strengths, your broad stroke type, your unique experiences, your most common emotions and mindsets, your role models, your tribe, your interests.

Meet your instructor

Mariacristina Saraceno,
Worldwide Mentor to Teens and Young Adults.  
MSc in Applied Neuroscience, MA in Diplomatic Studies.

Mariacristina Saraceno, Worldwide Mentor to Teens and Young Adults. MSc in Applied Neuroscience, MA in Diplomatic Studies.

Call me MC


I combine sales and training skills learnt in the City of London working for Bloomberg and Salomon Brothers with Neuroscience/Mental Health knowledge from my MSc. On top of that you get my diplomatic background from my MA and from being Honorary Consul to Papua New Guinea. You benefit from my personal development background, and ASIST and Mental Health First Aid qualifications.

Oh, yes, and I have 4 teens and pre-teens of my own too, each one with distinct strengths and interests.

As a mentor, I have helped many students with the content of this course. I have also helped them find their vision and purpose, identify the best mindsets and strategies for them, apply to US universities and prepare for job interviews.

Seeing my mentees thrive gives me energy and life satisfaction.

My mission is to support every teen, young adult and their parents in the transition to adulthood with personalised career advise, personal development and application/interview coaching, no matter where you are in the world.

You can have this course as a personal one-on-one, rather than group session. Just get in touch and we will organise.

You will benefit from my enthusiasm and experitise alike.


Youth High Performance – Teen and Young Adult Mentor

MSc in Applied Neuroscience – King's College London

Alumni Ambassador – King's College London

Wildlife Queensland Gold Coast – Committee Member for Citizen Science

Watergum – Citizen Science: Koala, platypus, bird census

Youth Mental Health First Aid certificate

ASIST – suicide prevention certificate

Surf Lifesaving Queensland – Community Awareness

Surfers Paradise Surf Lifesaving Club – First Aid Officer

Author: Rome — A Different Take

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Honorary Consul of the Republic of Italy to Papua New Guinea

Susu Mamas (primary health care for families) – Board Member.


European Institute of Design – corporate relations with Ducati, Piaggio (Vespa), Alessi and other design and fashion houses for students' creative projects.


Chasing wildlife and culture in the Galapagos, Falklands, Easter Island, French Polynesia, Australia, China, India and South East Asia, Argentina, and Brazil


Bloomberg LP – Financial Training Manager

Salomon Brothers – Equity Capital Markets Analyst

MA in Diplomatic Studies, Diplomatic Academy of London and Vienna


United Nations – Summer Internship

ERASMUS exchange – Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

BA in International Relations – Libera Universita' Internazionale degli Studies Sociali

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Join an upcoming cohort

Know Thyself - SelfAwareness Bootcamp for High School Students

Cohort 2

€300 EUR


May 6 - 14, 2023

Payment Deadline

May 5, 2023

Let's make it easy and fun! – Course syllabus


First Mindsets

Parents say they want their children to be happy, but did yours actually teach you how? 3 simple frameworks from science and personal development.

How to practice Insight and Outsight – Why you have to become like Sherlock Holmes.

How to open the fan of opportunity and see past school, sport and music, starting today.


Brainstorming Insight – 1

Build your CV as a strategy for you to reflect on your strengths, values, and experiences. The side benefit is that you will be able to use it for Uni, job and scholarship applications.

Include the right categories.

Brainstorm how you can easily populate each category.


Brainstorming Insight – 2

Use questionnaires, templates and dedicated wordlists to truly summarise who you are in your CV (you can always play with the format later).

Enjoy how easy and fun the process is with peers and the right guidance.


Bonus – Optional – CV Lab

Labs are structured working time with a specific goal. Today, you'll work on your CV. Then you'll get feedback from your peers. I will offer advice, but I want this primarily to be a work session with interaction among students to see each other's point of view and to add value to each other.


Brainstorming Insight – 3

Be amazed by how much you have already achieved in your life and how excellent you already are.

Have clarity on the fields you excel in and the fields you need to nurture more.


Where Is Your Focus Now? – Life Pies 1

Your life is what you focus on.

Write down the categories you focus on at the moment. Did you intentionally chose them of did they just happen to you? Should you make changes?

Switch to intentional life design.

You choose your categories in this module.


Where Is Your Focus Now? – Life Pies 2

I choose the categories in this module.

What score do you give to each and why?

Figure out what you are happy with, what you would like to work on or set aside for now

Decide what you can tackle independently and what you need help with.


Graduation and the Way Ahead – Presentation Of The Next Two Courses

The course is finished, but now that you know where you are at, you need to figure out 1) where you want to go and 2) strategies and mindsets to get there. If you enjoyed this course, you will love those too.

I can also help you with applications to colleges and universities and job interviews. One step at a time. I will be there for you.


Bonus – Optional – CV Teardown

In this optional workshop, I will critique 3 CVs and share insights on copywriting.

To be selected for a live critique, you must submit your CV project on the Share Your Work tab on your course.

This will be more about the CV itself and less about self-awareness.

You don't have to be present for all live sessions: recordings will be available

2hr on Saturday and Sunday, 2 weekends
  • Saturday May 6, 2023

    10-12am Rome time – 6-8pm Brisbane time

    You need a notebook, a pen, and water. Most will have both their phone and their computer on hand. And bring an open mind.

    Best of all, ask a friend to do it with you. It will be more fun: you will give each other ideas and feedback long after the end of the course.

  • Sunday May 7, 2023

    10-12am Rome time – 6-8pm Brisbane time

    If you have a good relationship with your siblings, you can do it with them too. The more the merrier! It's my mission to help all teens who want to put in the effort to find their path.

  • Saturday May 13, 2023

    10-12am Rome time – 6-8pm Brisbane time

    And if you know of any teen who cannot afford the course, get them to write to me at mc @ youth . com and state their case. They can find more info on my website Youth High Performance youthhp.com

  • Sunday May 14, 2023

    10-12am Rome time – 6-8pm Brisbane time

    For every enrolled student I will give a scholarship for a child in need, so you are helping out and making progress possible for families who struggle.

Learning is better with cohorts

Learning is better with cohorts

Active hands-on learning

This course builds on live workshops and hands-on projects.

Interactive and project-based

You’ll be interacting with other learners through breakout rooms and project teams, and make friends.

Learn with a cohort of peers

Join a community of like-minded people who want to learn and grow alongside you. You can support each other and become accountability partners through your adventures.

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens if I can’t make a live session?
What’s the refund policy?
You talk about a course on vision and goal selection and another about strategies and mindsets in the modules, where do I get access?
Can students with a Mental Health diagnosis take part? Will the course help them?
I would rather my child had one-to-one mentoring. Can we arrange that?
Isn't this dear for CV writing?

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Join an upcoming cohort

Know Thyself - SelfAwareness Bootcamp for High School Students

Cohort 2

€300 EUR


May 6 - 14, 2023

Payment Deadline

May 5, 2023

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€300 EUR

2 Weeks