School is often where children and youth exhibit the first signs of being at risk. Many would not make it on their own to Kav L’Noar for the assistance they need. To reach these youth, Kav L’Noar runs a group mentoring program in schools.
This program focuses on social and emotional learning for teens. Participants are generally those with some type of social difficulty. They may be impulsive, have trouble expressing themselves, difficulty maintaining a peer relationship, struggling with anger management, lack social skills, or be involved in bullying.
Students meet weekly with a mentor in groups of six to ten, and once a month individually. The group environment provides a safe space for youth to practice skills and encourage one another. It provides a venue in which to practice different situations and responses, and a safe structure in which to explore their interactions.
Toward the end of the school year, each group is encouraged to take on a project to benefit someone or organization outside of the group.
Parents give permission for their children to participate, assessments are made regularly, and all efforts are made to involve parents for a more complete intervention.
Improvements in the youth’s behavior as a result of the program are evident.
Participants learn to respect one another, cope better, and exhibit empathy.
This year we expect to have 20 groups in 18 schools.
Main goals of the program:
- Clear communication.
- Improved ability to work with peers
- Accepting and tolerating differences
- Managing anger and conflict
- Accepting constructive criticism
- Being inclusive
- Being sensitive to the needs of others
- Recognizing their unique contribution to the group.
School Group Mentoring Supervisor: Akiva Harow – firstname.lastname@example.org