“Each and every participant brings to the program their own unique stories and experiences, so these are naturally woven into the learning, creating opportunities for youth to explore leadership and participation in meaningful ways through strength based activities”

 


Purpose:

  • To empower youth through information, advocacy, and meaningful participation with physical activity.
  • To provide intervention and a voice of encouragement.

 

Core Values:

Compassion
At PYS our team is committed to help physical, spiritual, or emotional hurts or pains of another. Compassion is often regarded as having an emotional aspect to it, though when based on cerebral notions such as fairness, justice and interdependence it may be considered rational in nature and its application understood as an activity based on sound judgement.

Responsibility
Each generation strives to better themselves, for their own sakes and for the sake of their children. We all make mistakes. We stand by people who accept responsibility for their mistakes and try to put things right. We do not turn our backs on them or judge them, but we don’t make excuses for them either.

Respect
We are hospitable, fair, and respectful – to ourselves and others.

Overview

Ground Shock is a strength based program that helps youth develop the mindset, skill-set and tool-set to create and see more options in their lives, and to make healthier decisions. The program includes on-going activities and workshops throughout the year to support youth in making a change in their lives.

Peel Youth Services (PYS) receives referrals from Department of Child Protection & Family Services (DCPFS), local high schools, corrective services, care givers and other youth support services. PYS has developed this program which is designed to:

  • Bring youth together from diverse settings: to focus on the 3 R’s — responsibility to self and others, respect for self and others, and relationship with self and others.
  • Instill powerful tools for real behavioural change at a deep level of the youth psyche. Youth celebrate both the experience of the program and their new experience of self.
  • Utilise skilled and compassionate leaders who are experts in a variety of disciplines including leadership, creative problem solving, education, sport, and accelerated learning to serve as mentors.

Our Aim

Our aim is to assist youth in the development of a concrete skill base that orients participants towards personal health, enabling them to be conscious of their actions and make better choices for themselves and their families. We also endeavour to encourage youth to develop their full potential and help them develop his/her vision for the future.
To this end, we offer a wide range of structured experiences designed to: build trust, facilitate honest communication; promote wellness, self-respect, tolerance, and personal insight; develop leadership skills, provide anger management skills (RAGE), explore drug free lifestyles, and provide an intensive opportunity to interact with healthy adult mentors, who serve as active and positive community leaders.
Our program focuses on building competency in the following 3 crucial areas:

  • Leadership – personal responsibility
  • Mastering emotions and building self-regulation
  • Goal setting

Expected key outcomes for participants

  • Increase their self-confidence
  • Broaden their horizons and raise aspirations
  • Improve their academic performance
  • Improve their self-management and self-awareness
  • Reduce anti-social behaviour
  • Education on Family Violence prevention
  • Drug education workshops
  • Alcohol harm awareness
  • Improved anger management skills

 

“Bottom line – this program is designed to transform lives and learning environments by equipping young people to see more options and make better choices” – Peel Youth Services

 

Identity
For young people clarity and confidence in who they are, where they come from and where they belong, gives them the self-assurance they need to make good decisions about the people they choose to surround themselves with and the choices that will shape their future.
In trying to discover their identity young people will often “try on” different roles at home and school and in social settings, which can take the form of testing boundaries or “acting out” which sadly has led to youth crimes, youth gangs, alcohol and drugs, and violence.

We endeavour to explore the different elements of their identity to help them understand who they are and where they fit in the world.

Cultural Awareness
Lots of people in today’s world are bicultural. Being bicultural means a person has the ability to function in more than one culture – usually the dominant culture of the country they live in now and the culture of their heritage. Being bicultural has been described “as the ability to switch between two worlds”.

In this program youth will explore a part of their culture that is new to them. We encourage them to connect with interested relatives or friends who can teach them about their heritage.

To exemplify this we will promote the significance of being proud of who they are and help them understand family history.

Timeframe
This program runs for a duration of 6-8 weeks depending on the need. It can be offered at on site at Peel Youth Services or taken into the school’s environment.

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PO BOX 117 Mandurah WA 6210 Ph: 9581 3365 Fax: 9583 4568 Email: eo@pys.org.au

www.pys.org.au