I am working on the development of a Child/Youth Self-Empowerment Workshop. It will be part of the Goal-Setting Workshop Series. There is ample research on impact of low self worth amongst children and youth and how it can follow them into adulthood. The causes, sources and road to low self worth can be varied – trauma, abuse, parenting, loss of culture, poverty, etc. The results can range from being under-employed to becoming a victim in society.
But, the good news is- it can be turned around – mentors, programs, support, and education – both formal and informal. But a workshop is only one experience – how can it spark a thought, emotion or hope that will create an opportunity to move to self-empowerment and a journey that will focus on goals, progress, and the power to define and oneself? That will be part of the plan that is mapped out in this workshop.
Potential will lie dormant without a spark to have it mobilized. I have seen such potential in the youth I have worked with over the years. It may take the workshop instilling something more powerful than anything that has contributed to the low self-worth. I think its possible.
I love photos and so I will add my new tree that seems to be coming to life despite its lack of leaves right now.