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Save the Children Denmark
The Youth Resilience Programme: Psychosocial support in and out of school has been developed by Save the Children as an independent continuation of the Children’s Resilience Programme. The programme is a nonclinical psychosocial and protection methodology and framed within the concept of ‘I AM’, ‘I CAN’ and ‘I HAVE’ to capture the complex interaction of individual and social factors that facilitates resilience. The heart of the programme is a series of 8-16 structured workshops implemented by the same 1-2 facilitators once or twice a week, for the same group of young individuals aged ~14 and above.
The workshops aim to help young people to:
The programme uses techniques, which have been proven effective in building the resilience of young people, creating a Fun, Safe and Inclusive environment conducive for this purpose. The active participation of youth is a fundamental feature of the programme, and it encourages the participants themselves to take the lead in mapping issues within their communities and lives and in identifying specific skills and qualities to be strengthened through the workshops.
The Youth Resilience Programme includes workshops on skills offered in life skills-based education that deal with emotional and interpersonal capacities. However, as part of integrated programming, other forms of life skills should also be worked on in the programme, such as sexual and reproductive health or vocational training. These different types of skills reinforce each other. For example, life skills such as building up self-esteem, problem-solving, critical thinking and decision-making determine whether a young person’s knowledge and experiences are put to use in a constructive way for the individual and society.
The programme is furthermore embedded in a systems approach and takes into account the protective social network of young people at family and community level. The youth workshops are complemented by sessions for parents and caregivers to promote their understanding of the challenges that their children are facing and provide them with skills to support young individuals as they transition from childhood to adulthood.
A resource kit has been developed to provide guidance for designing and implementing the Youth Resilience Programme as well as broader youth programming that aims at promoting positive coping and resilience of young persons:
A guidance note has been developed to summarise some of the key aspects of the Youth Resilience Programme (objectives, target group and when to implement/not implement the tool). This note is helpful for staff and partners to quickly become more familiar with the programme.
A questionnaire has also been designed to help implementing the Youth Resilience Programme with a clear vision of how and when it will be used, to contribute to the desired changes for adolescents and youth. All staff and partners who are interested in implementing the programme should use this questionnaire to assess their ‘readiness’ and identify what preparatory actions are necessary.
Save the Children acknowledges the tremendous assistance received in developing, testing and reviewing this programme, including from youth themselves in Denmark, South Sudan, Iraq, Yemen and Jordan. We hope it will be a useful resource in strengthening youth wellbeing and resilience worldwide, to create lasting change and improve the lives of children, youth and their parents and caregivers.