Super Powers

Uncovering Youth Resilience

Presented by Dave Shanks, Roisin Unsworth with Assistance from Aden Bowman Collegiate Student Beth Hales

“Youth have a say, and have a voice.”

 This point was emphasized throughout a presentation that I attended at the National Congress on Rural Education. Dave and Roisin discussed talking to and building relationships with youth. Being a teen myself, the strategies and methods shown were concepts I wish so many adults in my life, as well as in the lives of my friends, knew how to implement. The next part of the presentation included an example of an activity that opens a path for sharing and learning with other youth. This is where Beth, along with Dave and Roisin, showcased the activity called Superpowers and shared with the group. This activity gives an opportunity for youth to get to know and understand each other better and understand the effects of substance abuse. These are the kind of opportunities that we need more of in schools. School should be more than a place to learn, but should also be a place where youth feel that we belong, and that no matter what we are going through, we are not alone.

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