The Adolescent Mentoring ProgramTM is a structured program designed to equip adolescents with effective Social and Emotional Skills. Spanning over 12 sessions , it aims to take the adolescent through the process of acquiring the knowledge, attitudes, and skills to recognize and manage their emotions, set and achieve positive goals, demonstrate caring and concern for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, make responsible decisions, and handle interpersonal situations effectively. It also focuses on developing fundamental skills for life success within supportive, participatory learning environments.
Social and Emotional development is the ability to understand, manage, and express the social and emotional aspects of one's life in ways that enable the successful management of life tasks such as learning, forming relationships, solving everyday problems, and adapting to the complex demands of growth and development.
Social and Emotional Skills can be grouped into five key areas:
1. Self-awareness is essential to recognize and understand feelings and emotions and value one's strengths and abilities. It also helps in one's accurate self-perception.
2. Self-management skills enable to handle and direct one's emotions in appropriate ways. These help in managing stress and also motivating self.
3. Social awareness skills help to be aware and respectful of the feelings and perspectives of others. This also includes developing empathy and respect for others.
4. Relationship skills aid in effective handling of relationship problems and other social conflicts. They facilitate healthy communication, social engagement and building relationships.
5. Social decision-making skills allow considering the consequences of one's actions and help in making thoughtful and effective decisions. These skills help in problem identification and problem solving.
Promoting the development of social and emotional skills leads to higher academic achievement, an improved ability to function in school, increased patience and understanding to deal with day-today situations, respect for others and having positive interactions. These skills also aid in reducing various negative behaviors such as aggression, disrupting classes, truancy, non-compliance and indiscipline. Social and Emotional skills have been recognized as inculcating more positive attitudes and behaviors in adolescent, enhancing their commitment and motivation towards learning, and increasing their engagement and participation in school related activities. Adolescents with well-developed social and emotional skills may find it easier to manage themselves, relate to others, develop resilience and a sense of self-worth, resolve conflict, engage in teamwork and feel positive about themselves and the world around them.
These sessions have been designed by licensed clinical psychologists under the guidance of senior experts from the industry. They have been structured to progressively incorporate skills under all the five key areas; self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and social decision-making. These sessions will be conducted by trained Adolescent Mentors, who will be taking the adolescent through this process of guidance in a series of 12 sessions.