Running roughly between the ages of 12 – 24 years, adolescence is known across cultures as a time of great challenge for both adolescents and the adults who support them.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe wrote, “Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them become what they are capable of being.”
Adolescence is not a period of being “crazy” or “immature”, it is an essential time of emotional intensity, social engagement and creativity. This is the essence of how we “ought” to be, of what we are capable of, and of what we need as individuals and as a human family.
Brain changes in the early teens set up four qualities of our minds during adolescence: novelty seeking, social engagement, increased emotional intensity, and creative exploration.
These changes affect how teens seek rewards in trying new things, connect with their peers in different ways, feel more intense emotions, and push back on existing ways of doing things to create new ways of being in the world. Each of these changes is necessary to create the important shifts that happen in our thinking, feeling, interacting, and decision making during adolescence.
How we navigate the adolescent years has a direct impact on how we’ll live the rest of our lives.
The clubs run termly for 11 weeks at a time, from 6.30 – 8.00pm, with a meal provided.
Each week, discussion will centre around a different area that may affect today’s adolescent, focusing on Self-Esteem, Resilience and Managing Anger, Fear and Anxiety.
Such topics will include:
Physical activities and Art create an overall kinaesthetic balance to the session, providing challenges to problem solve and areas for self-expression.