YOUTH | Wiring The Young Ones

Introduction

The adolescent years can be tumultuous, marked by a period of development by which the adolescent struggles to discover his or her own identity whilst negotiating with the social environment in order to fit in. The adolescent may find him/herself confronted with decisions pertaining to morality, to differentiate the right and the wrong. Regardless of the challenges this phase brings, we believe their fullest potential can be cultivated, with appropriate guidance and support. 

In The New Charis Mission (hereafter known as “TNCM”), we believe in impacting the next generation before they go wayward. To us, it is not just about changing their behaviours but inculcating new mindsets, learning their strengths and unlearning the maladaptive, for a more pro-social behavious.

Our trainers are marked with skills, passion and personal experience. We are able to identify with the challenges these youths face and the transformation stories of our mentors inspire motivation for hope and change in the lives of these youths.

According to National Youth Council’s “Youth Statistics In Brief 2018”, the number of youth arrested for crime are as follows :

Year 2014 – 3,120 Youths

Year 2015 – 3,265 Youths

Year 2016 – 2,788 Youths

As of to-date, TNCM has reached out to 7,166 youth

Programme We Offer

a) Structured Mentoring Programme / Time-Out Programme (TOP) : to engage, enrich and empower today’s youths to develop a passion for life and learning.

Duration: 12 – 16 sessions, 1 session (2 hours)/week

Audience: Mainstream students / Youths-at-Risk

 

b) Assembly talks : to increase youth’s insight on current issues that affects them.

Duration: 45 – 60 minutes

Audience: Primary – Tertiary students

Types: Awareness on drugs, awareness on gangs, 3S of addiction, motivation talks for graduating cohort and many more.

 

c) Learning journey : to develop values and skills through Experiential Learning.

Duration: 2 – 3 hours

Audience: Upper Primary – Tertiary students

Types: Outdoor activities, visits to Non-Profit Organisation (NPO), Values-In-Action activities

 

d) Personal Mastery – life skills training : to empower youths to be the next generation leaders

Duration: 4 – 8 weeks session, 1 session (2 hours) / week

Audience: Secondary – Tertiary students

Types: Communication skills, public speaking, time management, Understanding motivation, Understanding fears & failures and many more.

Theoretical Frameworks

Gaining Social Emotional Competence (SEC)

Our programme endeavors to develop the competencies of individuals holistically, fulfilling their potential in various aspects to build character and life skills. This includes:

a) Cognitive-based Theory

Identify one’s internal state, make corrections to the conflict-causing perceptions, and to acquire the necessary skills to manage maladaptive behaviours.

 

b) Person-Centered Theory (Carl Jung, 1951)

Change most readily occurs in an environment of unconditional acceptance. By reducing one’s anxiety and threat, the individual can take ownership to achieve self-actualisation.

 

c) Experiential Learning (Kolberg, 1984)

Education occurs as a result of direct participation in the events of life and a reflective process following the experiences.

Engagement strategy with Youth

Bridging: Building rapport with the youths through the existing relationship with significant persons (i.e. teachers, parents). Here, we attune to their fears and failures; hearing their cry.

Befriending: Establishing relationship with the youths in the position of a friend that walks together with them. This places us in the light of a companion, trusted friend in the youth’s life. Here, we see the openness of the youth sharing their thoughts and emotions. This greatly helps the mentor to provide unconditional acceptance to achieve self-actualisation in the youth’s life.

Building: More than a friend, mentorship involves the process of achieving greater self-confidence, self-awareness and self-management together with the youth. Working together with the youths to build them for success through guiding and leading them. 

Engagement strategy with Parents

 “At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child’s success is the positive involvement of parents.” Jane D. Hull

Parents’ involvement is crucial during one’s adolescent phase. Our programme strongly believes that there is great strength in engaging parents to help youths overcome the challenges of this phase.

Topics : “Engaging 21st Century Youths”, “Power to overcome ‘generation gap’ “ and “You and Youth”.

Engagement strategy with Teachers

Besides the parents, our programme also believes in forging a strong partnership with the teachers. By raising awareness of current issues that youth face locally and globally, we partner with the teachers to yield better outcomes for youths of today.

After School Engagement (ASE) Programme

Time-Out Programme in Secondary School

Skills-Development Session with Students

Value-in-Actions (VIA), a component in the Time-Out Programme. Students participated in the refurbishment of an elderly couple’s home which was completed within 8 hrs. Not only was the couple blessed by the new look and freshness brought to their home, the students had a great service-learning and experiential-learning that day.

Part of the holistic learning in the Time-Out Programme where students were brought out of the school for outdoor activities.