I searched high and low for a good program that will be of interest to my children. [Guard Up is] a great program to help children enhance many skills such as fine gross motor and motor skills, eye and hand coordination, increasing confidence, self-esteem and communication skills. This program enables them to work in teams to be better team players and to learn about negotiating as well. Above all, it is such great exercise for the children and they are making friends and having great fun. It gives each and every child a sense of belonging and makes them feel happy. What perfect opportunity for them to go to Guard Up where children can enjoy being in an environment that is stimulating and empowering with trusted supervision from competent staff members. A program such as this helps to shape children in a positive way that is beneficial to every child. A big thank you to all the staff for being most professional, most patient and most kind. We will see you soon once we get settled. Thank you again for sharing this with us and for making my family be a part of this. Our boys love Guard Up! Kudos to a great job at Guard Up!
Maria Graffeo – Pustizzi
My son just told me today…..”I love Guard Up!” He has made so many friends and has developed much improved confidence! I am so pleased as well. Well organized place, yet flexible and easy to work with! I highly recommend!
My son was shy until he came to GuardUp! You’d never know it now – he takes 9 hours of classes a week, knows what he wants to be when he grows up, and asks his friends to work together on action-film projects at home. He’s become a confident script-writer and actor in school-related extra-curricular activities, and is a junior instructor-in-training at Guard Up!
He loves the summer camp. He didn’t know any of the other kids the first time, but got to know them quickly. I think the opportunity for the kids to design their characters and work together is great. We were happy that there was an EMT and nurse practitioner at the camp who understood his allergies. My son also enjoyed having his father participate in the fun on the last day of camp.
I have really liked how my son has found a positive outlet for his energy and interest in battles and weapons. The Guard Up staff has done a tremendous job of teaching skills within a strict context of safety, respect, and fun without anger. My son looks forward to his time in the After School Program, and especially his Nerf class!
My son is shy and doesn’t like many physical activities. At Guard Up, he is physically active, using his imagination, making friends, and learning teamwork in a non-competitive environment. It’s great to see un-plugged and excited to go.
My boys, ages 14 and 12, are in their 5th year @ Guard Up. I can’t say enough about the classes, and most importantly the instructors. They are great role models for the kids. Through their efforts, the kids utilize their imagination, building their leadership and social skills. They look forward to class every week; and eagerly look forward to the day and residential camp.
My son is a cautious person and doesn’t like to try new things. He was hesitant to go to Guard Up at first so I just signed him up for a couple of days, giving him the choice to go to another (familiar) program instead if he didn’t like it, but he decided he preferred Guard Up so then I signed up for another two days. On the final day, I offered him a day at home or return to Guard Up, he really wanted to return to Guard Up, preferring it to the normally irresistible prospect of lying around at home doing nothing but stupid computer games. From Jeffrey, this was a ringing endorsement. He liked the counselors and whenever I saw them in action they seemed to be putting their hearts and souls into the program. Thank you for this great program – I’ll definitely look into the summer camp. And thanks especially to Lisa who went above and beyond to help me out in various ways.
My son loves Guard Up. It’s given him a place to make friends who share many of his interests and provides a really engaging way for him to get great exercise. The staff are terrific role models and create a very welcoming and supportive environment, where everybody cheers on everybody else.
I feel Guard Up has helped my son develop self control and patients. He loves all the instructors he has had over the years and each of them have had the patience of a saint.
Guard Up has provided my son with an uplifting and healthy outlet to expand upon his interests and meet peers who have similar interests. Guard Up provides a wide variety of strategic, cardiovascular, fun, and multi-modal classes that would touch upon the interests of any child, adolescent, and even adult. We are very grateful to have found Guard Up.