Youth 2010 and beyond

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This powerpoint outlines some tips and strategies for working with Youth within the VET Sector

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  • Points 4 & 5 are more about the approach the teacher takes.
    Examples: (Quietly, one on one. Important not to embarrass; important to remove audience.)
    “You don’t seem to be able to get much done today. Are you ok?
    “I’ve noticed you’ve been easily distracted today. Is something on your mind?”
    “I’ve been looking at the sign-off sheets and I’m a bit concerned about your leaving early a lot lately.”
    “You seem down in the dumps; are you ok?”

    It’s concern, interest rather than authoritarian.

  • 7. The idea that ‘whatever has happened previously at secondary school is valuable for me to know to get a clear picture of your past study but, from here on you start afresh.’
    12. Adolescent psychologists recognise that extended blocks of study greater than 40 – 50 minutes of focus are less than ideal.
  • Youth 2010 and beyond

    1. 1. Working with Youth, 2010 and beyond Centre for Vocational Pathways 1 Working with Youth 2010 and beyond Prepared By Tracy Grimmer, CVP
    2. 2. Issues facing our youth •Psychological problems ranging from mild to extreme (intrusive thoughts) •Asp(b)erger’s Syndrome, ADD, ADHD, anxiety, depression, mental illness •Homelessness and semi-homelessness •Dysfunctional family situations •Poor self esteem •Anger management •Diagnosed learning disabilities •Smoking, drug and / or alcohol issues •Poor family attitudes toward education 2Working with Youth 2010 and beyond Prepared by Tracy Grimmer, CVP •Bad experiences in education which have developed poor attitudes
    3. 3. Working with Youth 2010 and beyond Prepared By Tracy Grimmer, CVP 3 •Refugees • Victims of crime and/or war In addition some may be:
    4. 4. •Exited from mainstream secondary system •Poor relationships with previous teachers •Lack of recognition of authority •Victims of bullying •Gaming habits •Criminal activity •Bullying behaviours •Chronic absenteeism •Socio-economic circumstances •Teenage pregnancy and parenthood •Poor diet, sleeping and self care habits 4 Working with Youth 2010 and beyond Prepared By Tracy Grimmer, CVP
    5. 5. They have been spoken at, judged and labelled enough without anybody taking the time to build a rapport. It’s time for us to see young people and their situations as individual, and help them to move on. 5 Working with Youth 2010 and beyond Prepared By Tracy Grimmer, CVP Youth who are disengaged from the secondary system or seeking alternatives, don’t need to be placed back into the traditional style of classroom or suffer an overly authoritative approach, an ‘us and them’ mentality, which may have failed them in the first place. Lana Powell, Youth Worker / Counsellor Cranbourne Campus:
    6. 6. Working with Youth 2010 and beyond Prepared By Tracy Grimmer, CVP 6 A different physical layout and approach may help to eradicate previous negative classroom practices. Why offer more of the same?
    7. 7. Useful strategies within the classroom Working with Youth 2010 and beyond Prepared By Tracy Grimmer, CVP 7
    8. 8. Working with Youth 2010 and beyond Prepared By Tracy Grimmer, CVP 8 • Clearly outlined behavioural expectations, what’s acceptable and what is not, and clearly spelled-out consequences; • Explanation of why something is not acceptable; • Moving away from the traditional classroom dynamic so the teacher is not seen as a dominant force but more as a facilitator, making it more difficult for the demanding students to engage in power plays.
    9. 9. A student commented in a reflection document after experiencing one semester in Certificate in General Education for Adults at Cranbourne: “ My experience was great to be honest, teachers were a lot of fun and they weren’t uptight about anything. It’s a rare feeling to actually want to get up and go to a school which I only got here at TAFE.” 9 Working with Youth 2010 and beyond Prepared By Tracy Grimmer, CVP • The ‘I’m here to help you’ approach. • Quiet approach i.e. not inviting an audience. • “Are you ok, today?” often helps.
    10. 10. 10 Working with Youth 2010 and beyond Prepared By Tracy Grimmer, CVP • Believing in the students and wanting them to succeed; • Liaising with workers and family to have an open dialogue; • Youth counsellor involved with the program is essential; • Sign in /out book to keep a history of attendance patterns; • Regular breaks; • Breaking up the focus of sessions, not spending too long on any one topic; • Sign off sheets so students know exactly what is expected of them in each subject.
    11. 11. Working with Youth 2010 and beyond Prepared By Tracy Grimmer, CVP 11 • The opportunity to have more than one attempt at work requirements. • Patience. • A consistent approach - Firm, but fair. • An awareness of cultural differences.
    12. 12. Working with Youth 2010 and beyond Prepared By Tracy Grimmer, CVP 12 •Adaptable delivery & assessment methods. •A greater mix of self paced work so the student can work within their comfort level and get help without others realizing. •No teacher sitting out the front, moving among students constantly offering ‘help’ and checking how they are going.
    13. 13. Support services 13 Working with Youth 2010 and beyond Prepared By Tracy Grimmer, CVP • Chisholm Institute – Student Support Services • Visycares • S.E.A.D.S (South Eastern Drug & Alcohol Services) • WAYS Youth Services • Headspace • Newstart - Victoria Police • The Reach Foundation • DHS – Department of Human Services • Taskforce
    14. 14. • Springvale Monash Legal Advice Working with Youth 2010 and beyond Prepared By Tracy Grimmer, CVP 14 • Migrant Resource Centre – Dandenong • Foundation House – Dandenong • Youth Links – Noble Park •Peninsula Youth Connections • South East Youth Connections • Springvale Community Aid Advice Bureau • Employment Service Providers – Job Services Australia Disability Employment Service
    15. 15. Working with Youth 2010 and beyond Prepared By Tracy Grimmer, CVP 15 To the students and staff of the Centre for Vocational Pathways who were involved in this presentation; in particular Robyn McKenzie for her expertise in MovieMaker.

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