This program is designed to create a safe space for youth to express themselves and have fun while developing life skills along the way.
There are many ways for these life skills to develop but studies has shown that learning coupled with activity is usually the most impactful.
The reality is, that these youths have gone through some sort of traumatic experience, and what we decide to do after will impact them for the rest of their lives.
We know through research that the greatest way to help build back up an individual is through physical activity which is what we are proposing to do with these youths. By challenging them to new exciting experiences, we hope to not only push them past their own limits but to help them rebuild their self-esteem and also the innocence that might have been destroyed as well.
Professor Margaret Talbot, President of the International Council for Sport Science and Physical Education, once wrote that sports, dance and other challenging physical activities are distinctively powerful ways of helping young people learn to ‘be themselves’. She suggested that these sorts of activities – when they are appropriately presented – can teach people to question limiting presumptions they might have picked up, and come to view themselves and their potential in a new way.
Not surprisingly, researchers have found that physical activities play a particularly powerful role in strengthening physical self-worth. The association between these activities and more general measures of self-esteem is more complex, although there seems little doubt that a positive perception of physical self-worth is an important factor underlying more general positive perceptions of oneself, especially during childhood and early adolescence.