Best Practice #3: A SENSE OF MASTERY
Developing life skills in children and adolescents

The Impact:

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.

The Importance:

  • 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:
Develop life skills in children and adolescents.



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
Best Practice #3: A SENSE OF MASTERY


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