Problem Youth vs. Youth With Problems

There are several options for workshops or presentations ranging from 1 hour sessions to the 30 hour course available through UBC Okanagan Summer Institute in Education.  Each workshop/presentation will be customized according to the audience and the time allotted.  All topics include real life examples of challenges and successes with at-risk youth and contain input from students as to what they think is important for educators to know.

Topics can include:

  1. Starting With Your Core Values and Beliefs
  2. Empathy Instead of Sympathy
  3. Social Construct Theory vs. Disorders
  4. Labels and Their Effects
  5. The Benefits of Intergenerational Events and Connectedness
  6. Self-esteem
  7. Self-fulfilling Prophecy
  8. Learning Gaps vs Learning Disabilities
  9. The Gifted “Problem Youth”
  10. Treating Roots of Problems Rather Than Symptoms
  11. Relationships and Trust
  12. The Importance of Behaviour Modeling
  13. Creating Pride
  14. Creating a naturally flowing culture of acceptance.
  15. Giving them a voice through TEDx, Ignite, and other public speaking events.
  16. Reacting to Trauma
  17. Clear and Relevant Expectations
  18. When and How Far To Push Them to Challenge Themselves

Intergenerational Events and Programs

Based upon my TEDx LangleyED talk, I will speak about events and programs that have been a great success in working with at-risk youth.

Topics include:

  1. Senior/Teen events and relationships built.
  2. Annual Intergenerational Day event involving youth.
  3. Christmas morning event for seniors on their own.
  4. Having seniors in class with the youth; both working toward graduation.
  5. The value of the relationships for both groups.