Part of education is being able to go to class. Today that is sometimes almost impossible due to drug dealers. However kids also use drugs that ruin their chances of growing and getting their education. Schools are trying to battle this trend by working on the students’ attitudes and hope. Educators are now referring to this as developing resiliency in students.
Resiliency is a combination of hope and the capability of acting on that hope. Of course educators are limited by funding from the government. As a result of that the concept of “Partnership funding” has evolved. The idea is to have organizations give money to a program as well as provide facilities to teach the student resiliency.
What are these programs?
These programs utilize types of Arts and the Humanities.
I know that being in Speech while in high school I overcame some personal challenges so I truly believe in the concept. Further I also believe in anything that will encourage a student to share feelings of any type.
This article is going to deal with suggested applications for younger student’s fifth grade and under.
Some of the programs that are considered in partnership operations are: “Youthexpress! Journals,” “Visual Images,” “Threads of Hope,” “Working it Out,” “Expressing Feelings Through Music,” “Storysharing” and “Community Poems.” These are just some programs and it should be remembered that any school, organization, parent or school board should not feel limited.
YouthExpress! Journals are opportunities for students to keep logs about how they are feeling from different parts of the day and perhaps how they view themselves. Perhaps they might write about their reaction to any given events. As an application for young students the educator could suggest they write a poem in conjunction with a popular song (using its melody and beat) and talk about “A True Friend” for example.”
“Visual Images” would involve asking young students to identify advertising in print and on television and how it makes them feel. Ask how the person doing the image wants them to feel?
For “Working it Out” a young student could identify a problem that has been bothering them and work on real solutions with another student or a teacher. This is a very important program.
“Learning through Music” is easy; let those kids get up and go crazy to some music.
“Story Sharing” involves sitting down and listening to a story on a regular basis.
I have a friend who is an emergency counselor. He gets called out when families are going at each other. It is his job to get them calmed down. One of the things he shows them is a quarter and tells them to look at it. You may look at one side (heads) and I may look at the other (tails) and we may have an entirely different view of the same situation. However, then my friend lies the quarter flat so that neither side is visible. This creates even a third point no one sees. That is life and most of us miss a lot of it.
The idea with the program called “Creative Partnerships” is that students are taught options. They are given things to do that prevent them from being idle. They are given other places to go besides school and home that are safe and constructive. This helps aid the prevention of substance abuse and helps the kids develop self-confidence and resiliency.
Whether it is a school, a parent or a community, they should make the effort to find and apply private funding to help the overloaded public budgeting.
The kids are more than worth it.
“Creative Partnerships for Prevention,” Booklet, Department of Education