create your own ok

About OK You:

OK You is a nonprofit that invites people of all ages to engage in creative experiences that inspire a friendlier relationship with fear and worry.

Our projects, designed by artists of diverse disciplines and cultures, are used by youth, parents, counselors and educators across the country.

We believe that everyone deserves to have access to arts and wellness opportunities so are committed to keeping our resources free to all. If you appreciate our resources and would like to support us in creating more, please consider joining our Anxiety Society. We appreciate support of all sizes and forms.

Over time, the stories we tell ourselves create neuropathways traveled so often that they become our truth. The good news: We can change our stories. 

This website was made for:

YOU

Kids and adults of all ages have used our projects to create a new relationship with fear and worry, and some have even shared their own projects with us (we love that). 

If you’re new, the best way to start is to jump right in! You can try our projects on your own, or with friends or family. You can also gather a few friends together and start your own Create More, Fear Less club! (If you do that, reach out and we might just send you some stickers!)

youth leaders

Yes, YOU. Do you want to start a “Create More, Fear Less” group for your friends or classmates? You can do it! Start by reading over our workshop guide, or just pick out a few projects to try with your group. If you have any questions, reach out to us at hello@createmorefearless.org. We would be happy to help you get your group started, and we’d love to send you some of our stickers!

parents

Our projects can provide a safe opening for expression, conversation, and understanding. Beginning or ending the day with a worry-release ritual like Give Worry a Time Out or creative wellness practices like Journal Comics or keeping an art journal are also great ways to connect as a family while using creativity to release, share and navigate through difficult moments and emotions.

counselors & teachers

Using our projects in your small groups and classrooms is as easy as opening our projects page! If you’re facilitating a group, consider involving your students in selecting and leading projects. We’ve had students as young as 10 organize their own clubs and lead workshops for younger students.

Visit LEAD A WORKSHOP for our step-by-step workshop guide, tips for a successful workshop, and suggestions from other educators and artists. You can also use our project filtering tool to search for projects by age, art form, length, and SEL goal. All of our projects are designed to support social-emotional learning, and also meet many National Arts and National Learning  Standards. 

Not a lot of room in your lesson plan for a project? A simple worry-release ritual like Give Worry a Time Out can be a powerful way for students to name their feelings, realize they aren’t alone, and exercise their power to decide when and how much time to spend with their fears and worries. 

administrators

Would you like a customized professional development training to support your staff in gaining fluency with our resources, while also taking in a wellness experience of their own? Whether in-person or remote, our workshops are lively, hands-on, team-building experiences that provide educators with everything they need to incorporate our projects into their classroom, small-group and one-on-one work with students.

healthcare professionals

Simply sending families to our website can kick-start a creative wellness practice in the home that supports kids in developing skills for navigating difficult moments and emotions. If you’d like us to send you postcards or a flyer for your office, just reach out.

For a low cost, we can also provide our OK KIT supply bags, which include materials for turning a tin into a self-care toolkit that kids fill with personal tokens and reminders of their strong, calm, creative and courageous selves. These supply bags are also a door into our website where families can find more creative strategies for navigating fear and worry.

Could your worrying mind use a relaxing getaway? Our Take Your Brain on Vacation project invites you to dream up your own mental vacation spot.


Finding time to connect and create as a family is a great way to open up channels of communiation and understanding… while nurturing your creativity and inspiring lifelong wellness practices in those your love.

Involving students in the planning and leading of workshops sends a strong and true message that they have what it takes to create and guide their own wellness journey.

Our OK Kits include all of the materials needed to turn a tin into a self-care toolkit and creative wellness ritual.

How can we support you?

 We’re always happy to answer questions or help in planning or organizing the perfect experience for you or your group — just send us a note!

If you’d like occasional updates from us, and be the first to know about new projects, consider joining our mailing list.

 

How can you support us?

Thank you for asking!

Are you already using our resources? Have you adapted our projects in a way that could benefit others? Would you be willing to complete this short survey so we can learn and grow from your experiences? We’d really appreciate it!

Do you believe in this program and want to see it reach more young people? Consider becoming an Anxiety Society member. You’ll receive a cool pin, a great feeling, and invitations to special events — plus our undying gratitude.

 


  • Create More, Fear Less is an empowering community and practical way for children to overcome their fears through creativity and courage.

    - Kevin Ashworth, Clinical Director, NW Anxiety Institute

  • In a time of social distancing, Create More Google Hangouts has given me and my students the opportunity to connect and share in a way that is meaningful for everyone.

    - Jennifer Gilbert, school counselor

  • I learned that there are many ways to not worry about your worries.

    - Fear Less student

  • My students realized that by putting their fears down on paper via various forms of expression, they can wield more control over their dark thoughts and as a consequence, they become less foreboding.

    - LeAnne Cox, school counselor

  • We support Create More, Fear Less because we believe this program offers a fresh & powerful way for kids to manage their anxiety.

    - Christina Volgyesi, VP of Marketing, Dr. Bronner’s

  • Create More, Fear Less is saving my life right now. It's been a nice surprise resource at a time when I really needed it.

    - Anne Witt, speech pathologist, DaVinci Middle School, Grant High School, & Providence Hospital

hello from our team!

Kathleen Lane, Founder/Program Director
Author & former Co-founder/Director of ART 180

Sara Guest, Development Director
Writer, Facilitator, Fundraising Consultant & former staff of Write Around Portland

Ahmond Jackson
Operations Manager, musician, composer

Board:

Marna Stalcup, Chair 
Founder of The Right Brain Initiative and former Director of Arts Education for the Regional Arts & Culture Council

Phoebe Ebright, Vice Chair
Development Consultant

Claudia Valderrama, Treasurer
Global CFO, Wieden + Kennedy

Katy Mayo-Hudson, Secretary
Educational Consultant, Co-founder & former Director of Education & PD for Turnaround Arts 

Bethany Harvey
Middle school counselor, social worker, LCSW candidate and professional dancer

Chris Williams
Student Advocate, Manager,  Storyteller, Improviser, Producer, Active listener

Julie Mancini
Former Executive Director, College Possible

Marisha Childs
LEAP Managing Attorney, Clackamas Women’s Services 

Robyn Tenenbaum 
Principal of Rhapsody Productions, Co-creator of Live Wire Radio

Community advisors:

Amanda Zucker
Art Therapist, Counselor, Artist

Catherine Nyhan
Counselor, Educator, Therapist, Clinical Supervisor

Christina Volgyesi
Director of Marketing, Dr. Bronner’s

Courtenay Hameister
Writer, Editor, Author of anxiety-inspired essay collection Okay Fine Whatever

Cristianne Lane
Professional Development Director, Lee Pesky Learning Center

Erin O’Regan
Executive Director, Stumptown Improv Festival, Assistant Director, Art4Life 

Gary Hirsch
Founder of On Your Feet and Botjoy

Han Oh
Marketing consultant

Intisar Abioto
Writer, dancer, photographer, multi-disciplinary artist, creator of The Black Portlanders

Jackie Ivy
Senior Director, Global Retail Design, Nike

Jelly Helm
Creative Director, Studio Jelly

Jennifer Gilbert
School Counselor, Fear Less Ambassador

Jermaine Ulinwa
Art Director, Adidas

Kelsey Snook
Artist, designer and creator of shared experiences

Liz Neilson
Co-owner/Creative Director, The Beauty Shop brand & interactive design agency

Mia O’Connor-Smith
Artist, Dancer, Founder of Deep Underground, Workshop Facilitator

Nastashia Minto
Author, Facilitator, Occupational Therapist Assistant at traumatic brain injury facility

Rocio Castillo
Social Media Specialist, Ruby

Thom Walters
Organizational Development Strategist