Life Changes in Progress, LLC
Why Did I Create This Program?
Understanding that student success stems from how they view themselves and how they perceive their peers led Erica to develop Who Are You? A Guide to Help Adolescents Navigate Through the Social and Emotional Issues of Life. Who Are You is Erica's answer to the poignant questions that youth and young adults face daily. This program provides a safe space to discuss pressing topics that are rarely discussed. Her motivation lies in the philosophy that "if you can help our youth and young adults see their value, they will become empowered to create a vision for their life based on how they see themselves versus outside opinions."
Who Are You addresses the five competencies that make up the Social and Emotional Learning Framework, which are self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision making, relationship skills, and social awareness. As students work through the program they will examine their self-worth, goals, character, and how they see their life with readings and activities based on best practice guidelines. This program was created to encourage students to interact with their peers and their teachers(mentors or counselors) through activities and discussions in an effort to build authentic relationships that are based on individual understandings that develop as students go through the program.
From my years as an educator, I had come to realize that our students crave our attention more than they crave our content knowledge. As pop culture steadily evolves, our students are exposed to many messages with some of those messages promoting negative behaviors. Without anyone to guide and direct our students in which way to turn, they fall victim to the negative images they see and hear. After witnessing the decline in student behavior year after year, I began to ask my students, “Who Are You?” This question was important since student had to think about it especially when trying to determine the motive for certain behaviors. This prompted the creation of a program to use with students as a way to get them to self-reflect on their attitudes and their behaviors. In most instances after students took some time to reflect, they realized that the behaviors they were exhibiting were unlike them and not necessarily behaviors that made them proud. I was surprised at how many of my students displayed behaviors because they saw someone they admired display the same type of behavior.
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