Get Growing program is a ten week "in school" program that helps young people learn important life skills.
Click on the interactive slides below to see what is involved in each week of the program.
Learning that problems are part of everyday life and we all have them leads to understanding who to ask for help.
When we can accept we have problems, we are on the road to positive change. We can begin to overcome what is preventing us from moving forward in life. We learn that our problems are not unique when we share them with others. By sharing, we learn that we are all more alike than we may think.
The student will practice putting How to Chill Out in a Crisis into action using scenarios or problems they nominate.
All of us experience a full range of emotions, and none of these feelings are bad in themselves. What matters is what we do with our feelings. We learn to deal with our feelings differently depending on our upbringing and life experiences.
We talk about new ways to understand our feelings. These feelings (or emotions) are good servants and friends to us, but they are very poor masters. This means that we need to be the ones in charge of us, not our feelings.
If we choose to do the right thing even when our friends go against us, we build character every time. It’s like going to the gym every time we choose to do the right thing and we are building up our ‘character muscle’.This is difficult because we want to be liked and included by our peers. We develop character gradually as we journey through life and make difficult choices. When we face challenges in life, we have choices. No matter how serious the problem, we still have choices.
We can choose how we think and talk; we can choose how we act or behave, and we can choose to get along better with other people.
Daily living is not perfect. It includes the usual ups and downs. Our feelings go up and down too. We will never be happy all of the time. Life includes some ordinary discomfort. If we try to escape all of our uncomfortable feelings, we weaken our personal resources or skills for living
You and I have the power to change ourselves for the better. We can change in three basic ways.
2. Change unhealthy habits
In the final Get Growing session, we talk about the progress made as individuals and as a group. We consider what we have learned about ourselves, our lives and our personal development.
The final part of the program is about how we need to have directionin life. We have a vital (essential) human need to have productive goals and to be making progress towards those goals; we need to find meaning and purpose in our lives.