Best Practice #3: A SENSE OF MASTERY
Developing life skills in children and adolescents
Experiencing early violence and adversity has been linked to poor social skills, low academic achievement, impulsiveness, truancy, and poverty. These factors can fuel more violence.
- Learning skills in sports, arts, leadership, academics, and vocational programs can help youth manage themselves better and deal with everyday life challenges.
- This can protect them against aggression, lead to better social skills, and better school and job performances.
For these reasons, it is important to:
What YOU can do:
- Sports and recreation (e.g. coaching, playing together)
- Arts and music (poetry or lyric writing, playing an instrument, listening to favorite meaningful artists)
- Build skills including leadership, vocational, and academic (e.g. tutoring, debate team, computer skills)
- Coping skills (deep breathing, drawing, poem writing)
- Organize workshops or help to form study or skill-based groups