Adolescence is a time of critical transition, presenting opportunities for adolescents to manage various stressors healthily as they learn to cope with changes and challenges.
At Care Corner Youth Services, we believe that stressful experiences can provide opportunities for learning and growth, contributing to adolescents’ wealth of resources and knowledge to take on challenges in their lives.
By collaborating with schools, parents and community partners to identify areas of need, we deliver customised preventive programmes to equip students with the resources to fulfil their educational goals.
One of our key programmes in Youth Services which supports coping capabilities is swiTCH-UP!, a school-based 3-year programme that uses creative mediums as a means of engagement.
Promote and strengthen coping capabilities among adolescents facing stressful experiences
Increase adolescents’ access to social and emotional support in school and in the community
Support autonomy and identity formation as adolescents navigate stressful experiences
Ways We Support
Through the use of creative mediums (e.g. woodworking, pottery), we employ an experiential and hands-on learning approach to explore topics on stress, coping, and self-perception.
The use of creative mediums allows adolescents to:
- Express their thoughts, feelings, and experiences
- Explore and unpack stressful experiences
- Pause and engage in personal time for reflection
In a group setting, adolescents can forge supportive relationships and learn from one another. This supports them in:
- Identifying sources of stress
- Discussing their personal responses to stress
- Exploring and redefining their perception of self
- Experiencing support and encouragement from one another
Professional Development for Educators
Educators play an important role in supporting adolescents in strengthening their coping capabilities. We equip them with necessary skills and knowledge through:
- Exchanging insights on supporting adolescents facing stressful experiences
- Sharing resources, tools, and competencies used to explore stressful experiences with adolescents
- Co-facilitating sessions with youth workers to support the process of learning
Yes, we welcome enquiries from educators who would like to design or customise programmes to meet their students’ needs and learning styles.
We first met Klarissa through the swiTCH-UP programme. The pottery sessions were a great outlet for her to express her emotions. This led her to create a game to raise awareness about the different mental health issues and taboos. With the help of her counsellors and social workers, she has learnt that it is okay to not be okay. Moreover, she also knows how to reach out and help others who are in need.
Klarissa’s Care Corner Youth Worker
The finale celebration was such a nice gathering; happy faces all around and so much banter between students and teachers. It was awesome witnessing a well-displayed exhibition of students’ work. I could sense the students involved in the swiTCH-UP! programme taking pride in showing their teachers the artefacts they have created.
Ms Josephine, Teacher, Fuchun Secondary School
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