Affirming YOUth is a workshop where youth, as well as their parents, can come to learn and understand experiences different from their own, where inclusion is paramount; where diversity and words used to communicate matter; and where knowing creates empathy.
Achieving this milestone is done through skits, open discussions and musical selections focusing on body weight, sexual orientation, conflict resolution, bullying and HIV/AIDS.
This program will help youth monitor, understand, and manage their stress, anger, and other difficult emotions. The objective is to teach them proactive strategies to navigate and resolve disputes to circumvent verbal and/or physical aggression and to support pro-social skills.
• Learn to identify and label challenging emotions such as frustration, anger, and distress
• Discover ways to effectively communicate anger and other negative feelings
• Gain skills in constructive problem solving (using ‘rationale’ rather than ‘emotion’ mind)
Ultimately, Affirming YOUth strives to break the chain of violence too often resorted to by youth by recognizing that education and constructive action are among the best vaccines for academic achievement.
By learning to recognize the steps of conflict and processing them before reacting, de-escalation techniques help diffuse the intensity of negative emotions and build emotion regulation; that is, conflict does not necessarily need to be equated with negativity, since, if managed in a productive way, it can actually safeguard individuals in a potentially dangerous situation while building character and confidence through appropriate, assertive communication.