Focusing on Strengths for Challenging Youth
This project describes a five-step model that has been used with learners who have typically failed mainstream schooling.
The model involves:
- fun support
- challenge support
- personal development
- higher learning and empowerment.
This model can be applied to a wide range of educational settings, and has been shown to enhance learner motivation and self-management.
Project LeadYMCA Education Centre
- Young people are more motivated, able to self-manage, have an increased self-identity and can make positive changes.
- Young people are more skilled, equipped and personally supported to make transitions.
- Young people have increased relationship, communication and teamwork skills.
- Young people value making a contribution to the community and environment.
- Educators need total belief in the people that they teach and to focus on what they are good at, not on what they aren’t.
- Laughing together within the group is an important aspect of relationship building and even with the seriousness of a debrief, at times it is important to say something funny to relax the tension. This can enable some to contribute in a more honest and meaningful way.
- Being able to identify the small things that are going on with individual members and casually talking to them can be powerful, teachable moments.