Child/Youth Self-Empowerment

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.

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Put Economic in Holistic Ed

Holistic education often in focuses on academic, social, emotion, physical, cultural and spiritual activities, outcomes, teachings and experiences.  The inclusion of economic, financial,and/or entrepreneurship provides an opportunity for students to gain skills and knowledge that are vital to survival and success. The opportunity to learn using a project-based approach can provide an experience that solidifies learning and confidence in decision making and innovation.  This information is often taught at home to students by parents who understand the value of this knowledge and skills. Having more emphasis in formal education may lead to an increase in success amongst future generations and eliminate the incidence of poverty amongst those who may not have had access to this knowledge about the way the world works in terms of money.

By Nancy Macleod


A Time and Space to Think-Cape Breton December 15, 2016


Working near the table to set new goals for the Steeper Climb for 2017:

Starting with more questions than answers:

  1. What did I learn in 2016?
  2. How can I add more value to the service I offer?
  3. How can I employ youth in a meaningful way?
  4. How can I provide services in other regions?
  5. What additional services can I offer?
  6. What will determine success?
  7. How can I increase the impact in terms of supporting youth?

Now answering the questions that will formulate the goals.


Teaching Youth the Path to Resilience

The Steeper Climb has created a new goal setting workshop that includes teaching resourcefulness as part of a strategy. Resourcefulness can be taught as a skill and as a mindset.  Youth can process, interpret and give meaning to this information within the framework of their respective cultures-and then build upon it.  Goals can be individualized or created by a group. The workshop shares tools to support the promotion of self-directed learning so that progress continues beyond the workshop. The use of resourcefulness in goal-setting can build skills and beliefs that support resilience in youth. By Nancy MacLeod


How can goal-setting help youth at risk?

  1. Provides an opportunity for self-reflection and awareness of both empowering and self-limiting beliefs
  2. Provides an opportunity to identify personal strengths, skills, and resources
  3. Provides an opportunity to identify goals and make a plan that is exciting and challenging.
  4. It empowers youth and promotes self-directed learning
  5. It promotes individual responsibility for progress – How bad do you want it?
  6. It provides information on how to reframe negative experiences and use them for strength
  7. It focuses on the present and the future.

By: The Steeper Climb Community Development Services





Why Create New Education Models?

  1. New education models may be able to more easily adapt to changes in society.
  2. Choice in types of schools based on alternative models promotes diversity in approaches to education.
  3. Historically and in many cases those who are most successful in public schools are most reflected in the curriculum in terms of content and strategy. Specifically, those who create curriculum  do so from their own respective perspectives and so their descendants will thrive in this system.
  4. Many different cultural values and priorities can be reflected in curriculum that is not ethnocentric.
  5. It is often easier to create new models than focus on trying to change an existing model that is fundamentally inflexible.
  6. If significant numbers of certain groups of students are not achieving success, then the model needs to be examined.
  7. Current systems promote conformity and outdated expectations of citizenship.
  8. Change and choice are positive!canstockphoto21744414

By Nancy MacLeod, Executive Director

The Steeper Climb Community Development Services