Odyssey for VUSD

Get set for a fun and meaningful journey with your child!

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How does it work?

Play Odyssey

Odyssey guides you and your child through a series of fun activities that strengthen your child's EQ. We know you're super busy, so we made sure activities can be done in 5 minutes or less from your phone, tablet or computer. Perfect for busy families on the go!

Earn Points

Complete EQ activities to move on to the next level, and earn points for each level completed. Each point is a chance to win prizes at the Odyssey drawings! Kids are inspired by the chance to win things like an iPad or Nintendo Switch. Parents love the prizes like grocery delivery or fun family experiences.

Win Prizes!

Keep practicing EQ to earn as many points as possible, and it could pay off at the drawings! Kids get excited about prizes, but the real win is the quality time you get with your child. Instead of being a passive lesson, Odyssey stimulates active learning by sparking meaningful conversations between you and your child.


Supercharge your child's emotional intelligence (EQ) with Odyssey

Why does EQ matter?

Emotional intelligence (EQ) is our ability to understand emotions in ourselves and others. High EQ guides us to make the best decisions in life, and it's linked to improved academic scores and success in the workplace. Fortune 500 companies actively seek hires with high EQ and often prioritize it over work experience.

Even more importantly, high EQ increases self-esteem, improves self-control, reduces conflict and frustration, and makes it easier for us to find joy. You know, all the things you ever wanted for your kid.

A screen that enhances life off-screen

In today's screen-driven world, it can be hard to teach kids the right way to interact with other humans. Odyssey harnesses technology as a tool, but that's where the screen stops. Each activity is designed for parents and kids to do together, creating pockets of quality time and inspiring you to have conversations you wouldn't have otherwise had.


Special offers for VUSD families

Odyssey is available to students free of charge through the generosity of our sponsors. Follow the links below to contact your sponsors and learn about discounts or offers available to Odyssey Heroes!

Mathnasium Oceanside North

First month 50% off with 6 month membership

Olga Kubrak Photography

$50 discount on family portraits

"This is a wonderful program that has allowed me to spend quality time with my son doing fun exercises that help him to develop his emotional intelligence. The exercises are short, simple, and fun. He is learning how to identify, describe, and resolve feelings which is something that is not taught enough, yet is so important to being able to navigate situations effectively. Thank you for this wonderful program!"

Melodie
Empresa Elementary Parent

"As an elementary school counselor in VUSD for fourteen years, Odyssey has been the long awaited, evidence based Social-Emotional Learning resource that I've been waiting for! Odyssey is innovative in nature (gaming platform), engaging to students (incentive/point based), and is designed to equip families with tools to nurture skills like, empathy, confidence, compassion, resilience, and more! Now more than ever, social and emotional development is essential to educating the WHOLE CHILD and I'm so grateful that I can finally share this amazing program with my student's and families. WELL DONE TEAM ODYSSEY!"

Heidi
VUSD School Counselor

"We did have a lot of fun. We had a random pack of different sized balloons so we made a few and then had a balloon fight after with the ones filled with air. It was a fun night and without the original task of making our stress ball, we never would have pulled the balloons out of the drawer. So thank you for encouraging an out of the norm fun Friday night for our family!"

Alison
Empresa Elementary Parent

"As a mother and a teacher, I am so appreciative of the impact Odyssey has on children. While we are sheltering in place, my son and I start each weekday with an activity that will help our mindfulness and gratitude ... and Odyssey is perfectly aligned with this goal. My son loves being the hero and having me as his guide. Because of the kindness path in Odyssey, he has brought joy to many people in our lives who need extra love right now, especially through the letter he wrote to his aunt who is an ICU nurse helping COVID-19 patients. She said the letter brought her tears of joy and was exactly what she needed to keep going. Another part of his Odyssey path was to write letters of encouragement to two friends and deliver them at school. Since school is closed, we delivered the letters to his friends’ porches, along with a few treats. The feeling of joy my son felt in doing this inspired him to write more letters to brighten the days of more friends. The positive impact that Odyssey has on our emotional intelligence is incredibly powerful ... and now, more than ever, it is absolutely critical. Thank you for creating this opportunity for my son and I to develop our EQ each day, while bonding with one another and spreading kindness. "

Amy
Parent & Teacher

"Thank you so much for creating a program that gives families the opportunity to connect and dialogue in real, genuine and meaningful ways. Odyssey is powerful!"

Diana
VUSD School Counselor

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes! Odyssey is available at no cost to schools and students' families. This is made possible through the support of business sponsors who share our mission to empower as many kids as possible with EQ skills. We strive to tear down socio-economic barriers and bring SEL to families who need it most.

Odyssey takes user privacy very seriously. We will never sell or lease personally identifiable data to any third parties. Additionally, Odyssey complies with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), Student Online Personal Information Protection Act (SOPIPA), California Assembly Bill 1584, and all other student privacy guidelines.

Parents are in full control of the process and their child’s use of the program.

  • While Odyssey is offered at your school, parents decide if they want to participate.
  • Schools don’t disclose any student information to Odyssey. Parents create their family’s Odyssey account.
  • Odyssey is designed for parents and kids to do together, so kids can’t complete activities alone and parents are directly involved.

The student and teacher information you submit via the enrollment process will be shared with the school. This is to verify that families who sign up do in fact have children enrolled at the school.

Teachers will be celebrating the success of students who put in a lot of Odyssey work, so student progress (i.e. the number of activities completed and points earned) will be shared with the school.

Your specific answers to questions within the Odyssey app are confidential, and individual answers will not be shared with the school or any third parties. Summary data about responses from the school as a whole may be shared to demonstrate the positive impact of using Odyssey.

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