Known for her ability to captivate audiences of all ages in her innovative edutainment (combining education and entertainment) approach, Janai 'Grandma Boom' Mestrovich is a passionate visionary. She sees that prioritizing children is an essential basic necessity to shift the world into a more positive and healthy direction.
For 42 years Ms. Mestrovich, 69, has taught children as young as three years old how to understand their own inner world with her signature 3D approach, using objects in the environment with metaphors and holistic experiences to connect to their resources inside themselves. They learn how their thoughts/feelings/body sensations work together as a system with breathing as well as self-regulation calming skills to manage stress, build resiliency and self worth. Her approach assists ACES (Adverse Childhood Experiences) for children as well as training adults how to work with ACES children. She is frequently interviewed about her work.
She taught at the University of Oregon, as well as Southern Oregon University, creating a twofold approach that introduced adults how to teach children self-help skills which provided the adults personal experiences for their own lives as well as understanding how to relay the skills to manage stress and develop emotional intelligence to young children. Her approach involves the concept that 'it takes a village' while also acknowledging the resilient ability for all children, including ACES (Adverse Childhood Experiences) individuals. She has applied her approach in a wide range of settings to improve the emotional/social aspects of child development. Her focus is that all children deserve to feel like SUPERKIDS. Empowering Superkids with self-help skills is the core of her life work. She knows that all children have the right to learn how to use their internal resources and feel their own SUPERKID POWER.
Ms. Mestrovich is Executive Director of the non-profit, tax exempt 501(c)3 SuperKid Power, Inc. (previously named Conscious Living Foundation), recently receiving grants to film her work for children and continue instructing all aspects of the socioeconomic spectrum including low economic sectors of the population in the preschool and kindergarten years. The Facebook page has regular updates on Janai's activities through the CLF with children. https://www.facebook.com/theconsciouslivingfoundation/
SuperKid Power, Inc. website to be online in the near future.
Publications: Janai has seven books available on Amazon, six for caring adults to use with young children, as well as her self-help memoir endorsed by Doris Day entitled The Grandma Boom Chronicles: More Alive at 65. (Explore many resources for child development as well as Awesome Aging at www.grandmaboom.com). She is a blogger on AWESOME AGING for the Ashland Tidings and Medford Mail Tribune online.blogs.esouthernoregon.com
Janai has been published in New Consciousness Review, Sixty and Me, Oregon Seniors, educational journals and a variety of other publications have published Janai's work over the past few decades as well as a newspaper columnist in two states.
Ms. Mestrovich created several PSA's for KSKQ Radio and received sponsorship for televised PSA's on Ashland Cable TV. She has been a guest on radio and television nationally and internationally, in addition to being an invigorating, entertaining speaker.
In 2015 Janai was a guest on the NBC Bravo Reality Show, “Friends to Lovers” with her regularly starring son, Darion Lowenstein. In 2016 she and her son were chosen to be on stage in costume with Wayne Brady on 'LET'S MAKE A DEAL' on NBC.
Janai 'Grandma Boom' Mestrovich is an outrageously fun grandmother! And she serves as the Ashland Freedom Fairy in the July 4th parade as well as the Christmas Fairy in the Festival of Light parade. You can find her waving her wings over the children sitting on the curbs, creating joy, magic and wonder for their wide eyed enthusiasm.