Introduction Of Youth Training Programs
Youth at risk typically refers to young people who are struggling with their lives’ stresses. Several issues may portray signs that indicate your child is in danger he or she may be struggling with. These problems include defiance, anger, drug substance abuse, low-income family relationship, depression and sexual promiscuity among other vices.
Due to pressure, the troubled youth will tend to be withdrawn and more likely to break down mentally. To counter these low self-esteem issues, the affected teen engages in self-destructive behavior that is not only a danger to them but also to others. This may be as a result of the need to seek attention or just to get whatever they want.
Purpose Of Youth At-Risk Program
If your youthful child is portraying signs of being at risk, you need to act before it is too late. This program is a comprehensive resource designed to help the youth experiencing problems either at home, school or in the community.
This training program removes them from their usual environment and engages them in adventurous and yet challenging activities designed to unlock their full potential. Through participation in creative activities, they get the opportunity to portray their real abilities and learn to associate with others in an amicable manner.
This program fosters interpersonal skills that help them to relate well with others in the manner they speak and treat other people. They get to participate in leadership development experiences that will assist them in increase self-efficacy and be able to work well with others. Through this program, the youth becomes self-aware of who they are and make them feel appreciated.
Difference Between Youth At Risk Program And Therapy Or Boot Camps
The youth training programs are self-driven, this means it is by choice where the focus is put on the young people’ lifestyle changes and adventure to excite and inspire them to make changes in their lives. The program engages the services of professional instructors who involve the students in an active lifestyle full of activities to be accomplished.
The coaches will also expose the troubled youth to new concepts, ideas, and strategies for learning how to lead healthy lives with discipline. Lucky youths are those who are willing to take positively up the experience provided in the program with openness and strength and contribute towards their growth.
Unlike therapy or boot camps, the youth training program does not involve the use of therapists or counselors in the entire experience. Instead, it is the prerogative of the participant to uphold discipline and be willing to participate in the whole experience.
Those who fail to do so may be sent back to their families. Discipline is paramount during the entire program, therefore, if a youth is either found smoking or in possession of any illegal drugs he is sent back home without exception.
Activities Included In The Program
The youth at risk program is broken down into three components which include wilderness expedition, debrief and parent/student seminar. All these components focus on communication, teamwork and leadership skills.
1) Wilderness Expedition
This part is designed to be a challenging expedition lasting between 20-50 days. It focuses on the following:
- Achievable Goals – the instructor works individually with the troubled youth to make self-assessments and set achievable goals.
- Purposeful Challenges – the youth engages in a challenge to test his mental and personal strengths through such tasks as rock climbing or rope courses which will make him realize he is stronger than he thinks he is.
- Reflection – he takes time alone to reflect on the experience, this may last for about 48 hrs.
- Service – in the process of the youth developing skills to help them, they also get involved in learning to care for others and the environment.
After successfully completing the wilderness expedition section of the intercept expedition experience, the instructor meets the youth’s parents and brief them about the course undertaken including the struggles and successes. The parent also gets to know how their child managed to handle the challenges.
3) Parent/Student Seminar
In this final stage, both the parent and their teenage child take part in a 2-3 intensive day seminar designed to help them transition the newly acquired skills from the youth at risk program back into their everyday life. The instructor and the families of the newly reformed youth create an agreement to assist and guide them once they get back home.