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Hope for Youths at Risk

May 22, 2018

Even though we are from different countries around the world, we all have at risk youths with some common needs and problems that we would like to solve.  

We recognize the importance for youths at risk, in the absence of their biological parents, to have a family with parents who provide for them guidance and support which help them to trust and develop healthy relationships.

Likewise, they also need to be in facilities that develop projects to foster their personal development holistically. Thus, projects involving science and technology can be used to arouse these youths’ desire to learn through discovery and to develop them into critical thinkers. Additionally, projects are necessary because it is better to prevent risky behaviours with pre-teens before they enter adolescence with its storms and stresses that sometimes lead to risky behaviours. Hence, a programme involving sports can be used as a tool to influence these children to study as well as play the sport that they love while interacting with others. This model reduces the student's futile time as they are meaningfully engaged. This can facilitate character changes in the children.

Consequently, developing projects requires deep-seated analysis and identification of needs, problems and solutions as well as creativity and open-mindedness. Interestingly, to be creative time is needed to build our ideas. Hence, developing projects of interest in teams makes the project stronger.

Furthermore, it is very important to choose the meta-narrative or the pedagogical programmes that will meet the needs of the youths at risk rather than the traditional “chalk and talk” method.

The awareness of the aforementioned was derived from various presentations, examples of the models exposed to us, participant and other observations, and the openness and honesty of the facilitators. Moreover, through description, hands-on practice and application of the knowledge gathered in the various workshops, plus the alternative thinking exercises.  In addition, by having discussions with other participants from other countries.

Among us there are several values that we learnt. They include:

  1. There is hope for youths at risk;
  2. persons who work with such youths need to demonstrate passion, love, patience, empathy, respect and care for them;
  3. youths at risk also have potential and a purpose in life;
  4. they need to have a sense of belonging;
  5. they must be allowed to be adventurous;
  6. they need to be challenged to be innovative and creative thinkers;
  7. and when they work with their peers in teams they develop teamwork in which there is strength.

These encourage them to want to learn more by exploring, and inculcate self-discipline and belief in their capabilities to achieve.

As a result, we would also like to learn more about project development and management, as well as creative thinking exercises which will be very useful when initiating a session of project development.

Additionally, it would be appealing to know how to introduce science, technology, and sports as tools to improve children’s and youth’s learning outcome and behavioural change in their social life and learning processes.

Furthermore, we would like to know how the various therapeutic aspects work in youth villages. Also, the process of calming the children when they get into a crisis and how to manage difficult situations that these children are facing as well as how to make them cooperate when they don’t want to cooperate.

Moreover, it will be nice to know what the result is when a child returns home and reflects on the programmes the children come back to and continues in the Youth village.

By carrying out our own research, along with networking and having further dialogue with the various facilitators, we can further understand, tailor to suit, and properly implement the Israelites’ models for youths at risk in our various countries.

A blog by Claudia, Joanne, Solei & Isaiah