I AM The Change (IAC) is about change and transition. An 8-week program, IAC explores social responsibility and asset development. Creating a safe and nurturing environment, this program involves open conversation, activities and actions that assist youth in exploring personal change, issues they may face, and how they can contribute to their schools and community.
PoCoMo Youth Services Society’s unique, innovative and successful school program I Am The
Change, is the catalyst for creating positive change in personal lives, schools and communities.
It creates opportunities, and provides tool and strategies for youth to;
- LOOK at what’s going on personally, in school, and community,
- THINK of positive actions that will assist them in making change and moving forward, and,
- ACT as a living example of how they truly wish to be in the world.
At the end of the 8-week program, the group will identify and implement a program/activity within the school or community - a "Pay it Forward" approach.
The I AM THe Change program has shown to develop leadership skills, self esteem, and life skills in following areas:
Open to new ideas, fleixible in their thinking, Be objective, change opinions when working with a team, and understand different perspectives.
Take initiative, include others, work netter with others, lead activities to create positive change.
- Controling Emotions
Self belief in staying calm in tough situations, recovering better when things go wrong, resolve issues effectively.
- Self Confidence
The beleif that they can accomplish what they set out to do, confidence to innitiate, confidence to succeed.
- Social Competence:
Ability to engage with others, ability to relate positively with others.
AND, TO BECOME AGENTS OF CHANGE.
- One class a week for eight weeks.
- A post- program project that will be implimented in the school or community focused on the "PAY IT FORWARD", and "COMMUNITY CHANGE" objectives.
- The program is flexible and can be offered after-school.
- Pre-presentation assessment
- Confirming logistics
- Debrief, surveys and follow-up
The program is facilitated by PoCoMo adult outreach workers and a youth mentor. The facilitators work with Project Reach Out, PoCoMo's mobile outreach program which offers ongoing support for youth that also access the youth bus and are participants of I Am the Change program.
"The students loved it and still wish it was going on, friends were made in areas that may not have happened before, in other words an Afghani refugee student with a French immersion student. I think though that I realize the value more than others and this will be a goal I will take with me for the future.
- Youth Worker, Banting Middle.
Hayley, grade 7
“The I am the Change program really helps to be more involved and to change. Thanks for everything.”
Michelle, Grade 6
“I feel more positive with myself and this made me have more friends.”
“The program really helped me learn how to make a change. I didn’t know that 1 person can make a change. This was the best school program ever!”
Partially Funded by Coast Capital