Nathan Wilson (pictured below left) from Young Life in Redlands, QLD has been running the Friends Resilience Program for high school students in grades eight and nine at Alexandra Hills State High School during the past two years.
“I’ve seen the way these life skills learned over the course of two school terms are proving highly beneficial to the students,” says Nathan.
The course covers topics such as how to set achievable goals; how to regulate emotions; and how to manage conflict by neither being aggressive or passive but by being assertive and communicating well.
“We discuss the value of having true friends in our lives and strong mentors who can guide us in helpful directions,” says Nathan. “The program is very conversational allowing the students to reflect on their own experiences in a positive and beneficial way; and to consider choices matter.”
“Learning these life skills really helps teenagers consider ahead of time how they might respond when they find themselves in challenging situations in life,” said Nathan who thanked Alexandra Hills State High School for their input to the program.
Queensland University of Technology has recognised the contribution Young Life has been making through this resilience program and has awarded Young Life a grant from their Staff Community Welfare Fund. This has enabled Nathan to continue the program in 2020.
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