My FRIENDS Youth is a group-based developmental program for 12 – 16 year old teens that teaches skills and practical knowledge of how to navigate High School pressures. Adolescence is a time of change and offers many new challenges such as higher study loads, peer pressure, friendship difficulties as well as physical development. This can be a stressful and difficult time for many adolescents but the My FRIENDS Youth Program arms its participants with positive coping skills and resilience to help get through these situations and more easily transition into adulthood.
The My FRIENDS Youth Program helps early-teens deal with these stressful situations by normalising the state of anxiety and teaching participants to regulate their emotions teaching the “Emotion Thermometer” concept. It also arms them with problem solving strategies and self confidence making it easier for them to face challenges and tasks in all aspects of their lives. It has been proven by research that these programs will decrease anxiety and depression.
The program helps them build positive relationships with others through confidence, self esteem and positive communication using eye contact, brave body language and speaking voice. It is delivered in a mixture of visual, auditory and kinesthetic delivery methods with lots of peer to peer facilitator lead discussion.
Like all our programs, the My FRIENDS Youth Program is divided into 5 sessions of 2 hours per session and can be administered by trained and certified facilitators. To help participants remember the friends skills and to provide structure to the program My FRIENDS Youth uses the following acronym: