How do you want to support young people?
What resources are you looking for?
How can I help you?
How can we help each other?
These are just some of the questions I am seeking feedback to.I developed my website some years ago as a service to the Community. I had so many resources to share with the global community, having had the privilege of visiting 22 youth mentoring programs in Canada and the USA as a Churchill Fellowship recipient, having been involved in establishing youth mentoring programs in New Zealand and Australia and having run a variety of education programs in those two countries, as well as in Southern Africa.
The good news is that I am still learning! In recent years I have put a lot of energy into understanding adolescent brain research and its relevance to the holistic education journey of young people, as well as to youth mentoring.
Now that I am retired, I’d like to spend the next couple of years developing more resources, updating and adding to my website and, in particular, putting more information people are wanting on my Facebook page which is dedicated solely to resources linked to encouraging young people to become the best they can be.
Resources: I have been sharing, in recent Blogs, the news that the two major projects, which will be FREE (that’s important to note!), I am currently working on are:
- 365 Daily Messages to Inspire young people;
- Mentoring Minutes Podcasts.
365 Daily Messages: These daily messages will take between 5 and 20 seconds to read each day. I have linked the thinking to recent brain research and developing assets in young people so they become more resilient; there will be a focus on goal setting, communication and employability skills and, most important, encouraging them to find significant adults (mentors) to guide them through their adolescent years. The key message is reminding them that they have the power to choose the decisions they take.
Samples of these messages:
- I am responsible for my thoughts, my choices and my actions.
- Your life journey is about becoming who you want to be with the support of people you trust and respect.
- I can envision or picture new horizons and possibilities of what I can achieve, which will probably involve moving out of my comfort zone.
- You can genuinely respect the viewpoints and opinions of others without putting them down if you disagree.
- You can choose to step back and count to 20 SLOWLY when you are angry with someone – and you’ll avoid a fight or hurting someone or saying something you might regret later.
- Your brain is still developing, so you will probably enjoy your adolescent times of challenge, creativity and novelty during which your experiences will shape your future – you are capable of choosing what is likely to be a good risk or a bad risk.
- My goal-getting journey can start with 7-day goals which I can set and, as I achieve my goals, I’ll discover that goal setting can become a positive and enjoyable habit.
I’d like to create a Facebook page eventually to offer free mentoring to young people receiving these messages who might need clarification, assistance in some way.
Mentoring Minutes Podcasts: 260 two minute podcasts will be available for anyone working with young people. They promote the Spirit of Mentoring. I have written these and am currently editing them before recording them and sending them to radio stations. I hope they will be available through my website. If you know anyone working in radio who would be interested in these podcasts (52 weeks, Monday to Friday = 260), don’t hesitate to let me have contact details.
Facebook: I would like to contact all those readers of my Blog who receive the Blog each week and ask them if they would be kind enough to complete a short confidential Survey which will help me strategize with regard to what resources I should place on my Facebook page, in addition to the daily mentoring Tip and words of encouragement poster I have been placing there eight times a day on most days for quite some time, as well as what can be included in my Blogs.
I shall probably shorten the Blog, though keep it weekly.
Please join me now on my Facebook page and share whatever you value with your networks and, in that way, we shall build a broader global network of enthusiasts promoting the spirit of mentoring. I shall reciprocate and visit your Facebook page 🙂
One youth suicide is one too many! The reason I do what I do and am passionate about encouraging young people to become the best they can be is spelt out in the YES! Vision and Mission.
I would welcome any feedback, suggestions or comments on my Facebook page.
My weekly blog will follow in a couple of days.
About the author: Robin Cox has been a School Principal, sports coach to National Under 19 Level, Youth Symposium Organizer, developer of Youth Mentoring Programs in New Zealand and Australia, Churchill Fellow and author of books linked to youth mentoring, Peer Mentoring and the development of adolescents to become the best they can be. He has trained over 1,000 volunteer adult mentors, run workshops for teachers promoting the Spirit of Mentoring and personally mentored over 1,000 adolescents. Still an idealist, a cancer survivor of 50+ years, married with two adult children, Robin lives in Australia and shares a passion with anyone wanting to make a positive difference in the global community. He is currently developing a free app to inspire teenagers each day, as well as Mentoring Minutes Podcasts, 2 minute podcasts guiding mentors to encourage their mentees to become the best they can be. He hopes to have these ready by the end of 2017. Please contact him if you want updated progress reports. You can see his short daily mentoring tips on Twitter @million2016coxy or on Facebook or on Instagram or contact him through his YES! website