Improving Personal & Social Development for Young People - A
PreEmptive Strike on Behavioural Issues
It has always been societies' responsibility to guide, nurture,
educate and develop the fullest potential of every one of its
youngest members. The primary responsibility for this has
traditionally fallen to families yet, due to the increasing
breakdown of the family unit this is not the case for many young
people in today's society. Coupled with the diminishing impact
of traditional ideologies in shaping young peoples actions and
choices, it has now become imperative for teachers and trainers
to devise an alternative way of meeting the personal and social
development needs of young people.
Causes of Personal and Social Development degeneration
These fundamental changes in society have led many young people
to experience low self-esteem, lack confidence, possess limited
social skills, and believe they have little or no hope for the
future. This can often lead into a downward spiral of
behavioural problems and social disenfranchisement.
Until we begin to address these root causes, by instead
nurturing in our young people a healthy sense of identity,
assist them in feeling good about themselves, give them tools,
confidence and a genuine hope for the future - these personal
and social behavioural issues will only continue.
Solutions: Empowering Young people and informing teachers and
This is why this current climate has resulted in the need to
devise a new framework that takes pre-emptive action to empower
young people to learn how to think, and construct a personal
belief system that will drive responsible choice and action.
'I'm so glad that somebody has expressed the need to change the
way we educate our future' ~ Gonul Hussein, YMCA Training
This can be accomplished by:
Using forward thinking models of teaching and developing
ground breaking resources that provide personal and social
development lesson plans.
Interactive games and discussions - infused with fun -
which result in effective and meaningful socialisation and
communication. These include social interactive games sometimes
called brain breaks or brain gym which improve learning by
integrating physical activities into the learning processes.
They have been proven to increase memory retention and student
involvement and participation.
Forums where young people can voice it! and be genuinely
listened to, maximise the student's enjoyment, attention and
desire to engage in the learning.
This results in improving young peoples self esteem and a
maximisation of the learning experience - with the power to
ground life choices in personal experience rather than a
prescribed formulae devoid of personal verification through life
experience or thoughtful engagement.
Supporting Teachers, trainers and Youth Workers
Schools, charities and youth organisations - places where many
young people have contact and turn to for support, have assumed
a pivotal role as the current providers of personal and social
development for today's youth.
In order to support teachers, trainers and youth workers in this
evolving role it is clearly essential that they receive the
necessary resources and tools - resources that are accessible
and fully meet the needs of the young people but also those of
the professionals working in this challenging field.
Marisa Rowe, co-director of the Voice it! Project said, 'It is
important to listen to our educators; their needs and their
challenges. We need to make it easier for them, make it
realistic and take some of the pressure off. This is why with
the Voice it! resources
we include all the physical props and accessories that
are needed in order to make the learning interactive, fun and
The Voice it! Project's ground breaking e2e resource The Voice
it! Journey, is a fresh, relevant and fun personal and social
development programme covering 3 key modules - Equal
Opportunities & Diversity, Emotional Literacy & Anger Management
and Self Esteem & Life Direction.
Heather Rabone of Stanchester Community School said, 'These
resources bridge knowledge and understanding with development of
student's attitudes and values, by encouraging them to reflect,
discuss and communicate effectively.'
Fired with a passion to inspire and empower, The Voice it!
Project works to celebrate and release the free spirit in all of
us - finding innovative ways to unlock potential, support
creativity and challenge minds. For further information about
the project and its innovative range of resources please visit
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or
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