The American Project for Manners & Civility
Inspiring a new generation of socially competent and confident childrenâ€”and making it fun!
Judi The Manners Lady, the award-winning entertainer and educational speaker is sweeping the U.S. with her music and her three-pronged message of good manners: the empowerment of R-E-S-P-E-C-T, the secrets of The Golden Rule and the power of an Attitude of Gratitude! Teachers, parents and children across the nation are responding to her mission of influencing this generation in important life principles of respect and good manners through her concerts and seminars at American elementary and high schools and through â€œThe Manners Club Kitâ€ which includes The Manners Club Handbook for Kids, Judiâ€™s award-winning CD, â€œItâ€™s Fun To Have Good Manners!â€ and color posters of: The Bad Manners Monstersâ„¢, Introduction Skills, R-E-S-P-E-C-T Diamond, Princess Spoon & Good Manners Pledge.
As Director of The American Project for Manners & Civility, Judiâ€™s passion is to inspire the nationâ€”at all level of societyâ€”government, schools, businesses, churches, service clubs, and Boy Scouts and Girls Scoutsâ€”to embrace and live with the timeless virtues that create a firm foundation for a civil society. Judiâ€™s program reaffirms President Bushâ€™s challenge to parents to â€œsend your children to Kindergarten knowing their manners.â€
In March â€™05, The Boston Globe picked Park Street Church & Park Street Schoolâ€™s Weekend with The Manners Lady as â€œThe Best Weekend Pick for Families!â€ The Manners Club provides fun resources for parents and teachers to teaching character and mannersâ€”kindness, respect, putting others first, honoring our parents & eldersâ€”help children learn practical ways of showing kindness.
Sometimes an idea breaks into the open and you wonder why someone didn't think of it earlier. Judiâ€™s â€œManners Clubâ€ is one such idea. But like all great ideas it takes a creative mind to get it off the page. Judi's CD and materials are such a wonderful resource for parents, teachers and grandparents helping us all to see how our living matters so much to each other and for teaching important life principles. I am thankful to Judi for her vision. Dr. Brian C. Stiller President, Tyndale College
"Judi Vankevich aka The Manners Lady, is influencing the next generation through her powerful Manners Lady music and Manners Club materials. In a winsome, attractive, fun and exciting way using music, visuals and mnemonic devices, she is helping young children (and adults!) learn the powerful principals of civilized living. Bravo! Every school and family needs her material!" Dr. Ted Baehr, Chairman, Movieguide, A Family Guide to Movies and Entertainment
Judiâ€™s live concerts and her Manners Boot Camp for Teens have been featured on the covers of The Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor and Vancouver Sun, as well as NewsMax, Human Events, TownHall.com, The Toronto Star, Todayâ€™s Parent, CBS This Morning, Canada AM, Breakfast Club, CBC, and CTV, Focus on the Family, and WBZ. Judi is helping teachers and parents train the next generation in vital social skillsâ€”skills that are sorely missing in this day of MTV, the internet and crude television. With crime and bullying at an all time high, it is evident that many children and teens are lacking many of the necessary social and communication skills to help them â€œmake itâ€ in the world. Even the most basic skillsâ€¦ introduction skills, conversation skills, table manners and relational skills are lacking. Renowned Psychiatrist Smiley Blanton noted, â€œ80% of my patients would not be in my office if their parents had taught them mannersâ€”how to get along in society.â€
Judiâ€™s interactive Manners Lady family concert, often followed by her Manners Club Courses for both children and teens (Manners Boot Camp for Teens) is fun-filled with role-playing and exciting music to help children learn the value of living with R-E-S-P-E-C-T, living by the Golden Rule and living with a thankful heart. Her songs on her award-winning CD, â€œItâ€™s Fun to Have Good Manners,â€ (Winner of the CGMA Covenant Awards for Best Christian Childrenâ€™s Album and Best Childrenâ€™s Song of the Yearâ€ and nominated for the West Coast Music Awards) reinforce these themes, and is a valuable resource for families and schools.
â€œJudi was so cool! Now I donâ€™t want to lie anymore!â€ Grade 4 boy, Seattle
â€œThank you SO much for coming to our school! You were fabulous and the students loved you and your music! You reinforced all our themes of respect in such a fun way! Thank you!â€ Tina Leone, Principal, Monument Academy, Colorado
â€œThe families in our community, including our Mayor, were thrilled with Judiâ€™s passion and enthusiasm in teaching children â€˜The Golden Rule.â€™ It will be exciting to see the impact The Manners Lady makes on our future leaders and the direction of our society.â€ Mike Diebert, Medicine Hat, AB
â€œMy son is a different boy! After seeing Judiâ€™s show and learning her songs, he is so proud of his good manners! Judi reinforces what weâ€™re trying to teach at homeâ€ Parent, Toronto â€œJudiâ€™s song about â€œhappy eyesâ€ helped me communicate the concept of a â€œhappy heartâ€ to my children. And the Bad Manners Monsters help my children visualize the behavior that is not acceptableâ€¦ in a fun way! They also learn that they can say â€œNO!â€ to the Bad Manners Monsters and learn self-control.!â€ Home School Parent, Virginia
â€œMy son loves Judiâ€™s CD. After 3 days, we noticed amazing changes in his behavior! He was obeying â€˜right away without delayâ€ and he said, â€˜Look mom! Iâ€™m wearing my â€˜happy eyes!â€™ not my â€˜mean eyesâ€™! He also started setting the table because he loved the story of the Princess Spoon and the Evil Mr. Fork. But the highlight was when Lucas asked, â€œIs there anything else you would like me to do?â€™ G. Strom, Vancouver
Judiâ€™s unique background has prepared her to teach this in this vital area of life skills. Her masters degree in Public Policy has made her realize that our system of government was designed for a people who are self-governing and have self control. â€œIf our children donâ€™t learn to control their actions by an internal motivation, then they will need to be controlled by external means, including law enforcement,â€ asserts Vankevich. Her honors B.A. in Business Administration and having worked both in the corporate world as well as owning her own business and earning her Securities License has helped her see first hand the skills and professional image that corporations need from prospective employees. Judi teaches corporate seminars on â€œProfessional Imageâ€ and â€œCustomer Serviceâ€ across the U.S., Europe and Canada.
Good manners involve more than simply knowing the right utensils to use at a fancy dinnerâ€”they include good attitudes, respect and consideration for others.
Motivational speaker, Zig Ziglar observed that â€œThe Manners Lady has come along at the right time with the right message. Her message needs to be in every home and school
â€œThanks for making a lasting impression on our students with this vital message. Our students and teachers loved your program! Even several days later, students were still using your â€˜buzzâ€™ words!â€ Superintendent Al Grayson, Halton Public Schools, Ontario
â€œJudi presents a fun, proactive way of dealing with disrespect and bullying.â€ Sonja Buchanan, Principal, Surrey, B.C.
â€œYour show was amazing from start to finish! The principles of respect and honor are woven throughout your songs and performance. The fact that you were able to present that message and make it palatable and fun is the key to your effectiveness. Add to that, the fact that you are a genuinely nice person is what made meeting you and hosting your show a most enjoyable experience. All of our kids---- even the "WAY COOL" ones loved your concert and are still talking about what fun it was and how much they liked being a part of performing onstage with you. You definitely gave us more than we had dreamed of! Catey Jobin, Principal, Victory School, Peterborough, ON
Topics to Choose From:
â€¢ Healthy Relationships: character skills needed to build and keep friends
â€¢ Family Manners â€“ Respect for Parents, Grandparents and Siblings
â€¢ Dealing with Bullying: as the bystander, the bullied or the bully
â€¢ Introduction Skills, Conversation Skills & Job Interview Skills
â€¢ Respect for Elders, Parents, Authority, Peers, Property & Oneself
â€¢ The power of an â€œattitude of gratitudeâ€â€¦ a little â€œthank youâ€ goes a long way!
â€¢ How to Treat a Girlâ€¦ The Fine Art of Being a Gentleman & Lady and Gentleman Courtesies
Other topics: Table Manners, Telephone Manners, Patriotic Manners, Multicultural Manners, Sports Manners
â€œWithout civic morality communities perish; without personal morality their survival has no value.â€
-- Bertrand Russell, British mathematician and philosopher (1872-1970) --
Check out the artist's website:
1. Good Manners! The Manners Club Theme Song
2. Everybody Needs Good Manners
3. The Golden Rule Rap
4. The Five Fabulous Phrases
6. The Bad Manners Monsters
7. We Want to Obey Our Mom and Dad!
8. Yes Ma'am! Yes Sir!
9. Happy Eyes
10. The Goops
11. I'm Gonna' Wash Those Germs Right Off My Hands!
12. Prince Knife & Princess Spoon
13. Everyone Needs to Feel Special
14. Goodness Gracious Gratitude
15. Let's Say Hello to All the World (in 12 Languages!)
16. The Friendship Song
17. The Manners Club