Gregory Benedikt


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The Enjoyable Pain of Growth Academy

Education is more than just academics and a holistic approach is needed to prepare our youth to thrive in the 21st century. As we fail to cultivate our youth’s potential, we miss out on their contributions, and millions are left behind to become disconnected. The Enjoyable Pain of Growth Academy ("EPOG Academy") is a non-profit that exists to create a world where more people realize their potential and our mission is to make personal development part of education!

We INSPIRE and EQUIP underserved youth to realize their potential through an online and evidence-based model of professional coaching and personal development programs. Results from our pilot study show that our program is leading to positive outcomes both inside and outside of the classroom. We've seen measurable increases in student's ability to execute goals, view themselves as a leader, regulate their emotions, and be resilient, which has translated to tangible action.

Run Houston! University of Houston Presented by Norton Rose Fulbright 10K, 5K, 1K
 4800 Calhoun Road Houston, TX 77004
September 19 - October 31, 2021

I believe that everyone, no matter what zip code they are born into, deserves access to high-quality developmental opportunities like coaching and personal development. Why? Because it's only through the process of self-discovery and personal growth that we can become the best versions of ourselves. And my mission in life is to help others realize their potential!

This core belief led to me co-found the Enjoyable Pain of Growth Academy with Timothy Harrison in July of 2020 with the mission to make personal development part of education! 

On September 19th, I will be participating in the Run Houston! 5K Presented by Norton Rose Fulbright to raise money for The Enjoyable Pain of Growth Academy. 

Since co-founding EPOG Academy in July of 2020, I've seen the immense benefits of challenging myself physically and mentally. As a company, we've coined the term "hitting EPOG" to signify the times in our life when we embrace the enjoyable pain of growth that comes with growing into our true potential. Through our professional leadership coaching and evidence-based personal development, we help high school students create a life vision, set goals, and work on becoming the best version of themselves. 

If you'd like to positively challenge yourself while contributing to the transformation of high school students who need your help, join me!

You can make a difference by:

  1. Contributing to EPOG Academy by clicking the "Make a Donation" button on my page
  2. Registering for the race on September 19th and setting up your own page to raise money for EPOG Academy

Thank you for making a difference. 

Together, we can make personal development part of education!

- Gregory Russell Benedikt

Donations2Date: $1,094

Donor Donation Amount Donation Date Comment
Thomas Kuegler $50.00 9/20/2021
Matt Pace $100.00 9/17/2021 Grab a perfect bar from Chad before the run!
Karen and Russ Benedikt $100.00 9/9/2021 So proud of you!
Kelly Harding $44.00 9/8/2021 Wahoo! Go Greg! -Kelly Harding & Joe Taylor
Richard Benedikt $300.00 9/8/2021 Good job!
Anonymous Donor $80.00 9/8/2021
Debra Postil $10.00 9/7/2021 Keep up the great work!
Taryn Harris $20.00 9/7/2021
Stacy Collins Johnson $25.00 9/7/2021 Good luck ????
Karen Maunder $100.00 9/7/2021 Go EPOG!!
Cherie A Brooks $265.00 9/7/2021 Have fun!!!!!
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