Youth Programming

Youth programming can take a number of forms and can be used in a number of different ways depending on the school form and type. The various approaches have been tried and tested to decide on their effectiveness in alternative education and to see what use they are for the different pupils within the system.

MENTORING

This is when a pupil is linked to an older pupil or an adult that is linked to the school. the mentor can help the child to experience things through an adults view or to see how an adult deals with a moment in life. They can also discuss experiences the older person has had to see how they dealt with the situation. This way the child can see their approach may be wrong and they can see another way of dealing with something. Also they may see the adult has experienced similar problems as them and may make them feel less alone.

SERVICE LEARNING

Service learning is where curriculum based learning is combined with work in the local community. This can work in many ways depending on the school and the area concerned. It could be something like helping elderly people with shopping, this will benefit the child in reading a shopping list, looking for goods and for dealing with money. It will also help to encourage the child to consider other people and can also be a welcome break from a classroom for children that struggle to stay in one place all day.

Another possibility is litter picking in a certain local area, a Park for example. This will encourage exercise, cleaning, fresh air and leadership if the cleaning is done groups. You could also include basics like counting and colour recognition in the cleaning for children operating on a more basic level. It will seem like a break from lessons for the children but will still be educational and of a great benefit.

YOUTH INTEGRATION

Another aspect of youth programming can be used for those who don’t fit in with society and their peers, this could be intentional or simply due to reluctance. As with the adult mentoring the kids can be encouraged to join in with others through shared experiences or possibly by sport. Examples can be shown of what can happen if they join in as opposed to staying away. For example winning a team award which will have been achieved by working as a group rather then separately.

There are many more possibilities to be explored in youth programming but these are some general ideas that will work with all children, including those in alternative education where problems may be higher.