As we all know being a teenager in the 21st century has different issues than in previous eras.
The advent of social media and family issues puts pressure on our young people which can impact on their self-esteem,
confidence, relationships and lifestyles.
What happens in high school can have a lasting effect for our teenagers and so it is important to teach the young about becoming self-sufficient and personally aware.
Aspire is a program aimed at girls in local high schools, with each school designing its own itinerary based on students’ needs and the course usually runs for 10 weeks being a school term.
The Soroptimists International Brisbane Water organisation oversees the program and coordinates resources. The theme for the Aspire program is “Educate, Enable, Empower”.
The curriculum is designed to equip the girls with skills to help them make safe decisions and become strong and confident. The program includes different sections per school and generally includes elements dealing with self-esteem, career paths, personal safety (self-defence), nutrition and healthy relationships.
I think we would all agree that being a teenager in 2020 is tough; peer pressure can make you do things you would never normally consider, or it can make you feel inadequate and isolated. The course has been shown to help girls who suffer from all of these with positive results and make them into stronger girls who are ready to face the world.
Q. What did you learn?
“That I can talk positively about myself”,
“That I am strong, people do care and I can make people laugh, and how to share my problems”,
“To value myself and to strive to achieve my goals.”, “To open up to people and to express my feelings.”
Q. What skills or strategies did you learn?
“how to put together a study timetable”,
“how to be more confident”,
“This program showed me what education beyond school is like and the path I can take to plan my future career.”,
“I am preparing my assignments better and not leaving things to the last minute”,
“I enjoyed learning to cook healthy recipes to use out of school”
Q. What did you enjoy most?
“listening to my peers”,
”it was a comforting and welcoming environment which I looked forward to”,
“the safeness you feel in the group”,
“The session that benefitted me most was when we wrote letters to ourselves. It gave me a new way to deal with hard times.”