CURRICULUM

YOUTH Positive is both a philosophy and a way of life, encouraging teens to "live positive" and to take an active participatory role in their lives and especially in their education. During the adolescent years, teens are in the prime of their self-development. This set of years (from 14-19) has a greater impact on their future lives than does any other stage in life. Developing a strong sense of self and acquiring a useful set of tools, skills, and abilities is imperative to creating a future where they can thrive and flourish.

YOUTH Positive is also a book, a resource that offers tips, techniques, and practices that guide them in self-discovery and self-development. As they work through the sections of the book, teens will acquire the skills, abilities, and tools that will allow them to successfully navigate both their high school years as well as the adult, post-high school world. 

YOUTH Positive encourages them to find, know, and be their very best selves, even in the midst of these personal discoveries, developments, and changes. How does it do that? By presenting the findings of modern Positive Psychology and adolescent development theory in teen friendly language. And by providing opportunities for each young person to try on these findings for themselves. Through the Personal Experiments in each section of YOUTH Positive, teens will experiment for themselves, on themselves, the ideas presented throughout the book. They will do personal investigations of their own beliefs, mindsets, habits, and behaviors. Their own lives will be their research labs and the results of their own experiments will give them personal connection to and with their own strengths and values, their life philosophy and their goals, all of which will lead them in a direction of life satisfaction, happiness, and positive overall wellbeing.

 
 
youthh.jpg

You ~ Self-Awareness & Self-Concept

  • Develop accurate & positive self-concept

  • Demonstrate self-reliance & efficacy

  • Identify personal strengths & values

  • Develop awareness of personal potential


Outlook ~ Growth Mindset & Self-Adjustment of Attitude

  • Self-assess emotional, physical, intellectual, & mental “status”

  • Regulate & balance self-talk, emotions, & behavior

  • Increase growth mindset & the ability to “think positive”

  • Take perspective & broaden awareness of creative possibilities


Understanding ~ Decision Making & Goal Setting

  • Conduct Consequence Analysis for all decisions

  • Creatively approach problem solving & decision making opportunities

  • See failure as a learning & growth experience

  • Be The Change

  • Evaluate personal progress & improvements


Together ~ Building Relationships of Trust

  • Skillfully communicate to create positive relationships

  • Listen empathically & communicate to resolve differences

  • Appreciate & honor diversity

  • Recognize support systems in school & community & at home


Happier ~ Appreciating Happiness as a Worthy Goal

  • Contribute positively to their school, family, & community

  • Practice & exhibit gratitude

  • Recognize & create flow experiences

  • Identify & participate in activities that promote thriving & flourishing