Breaking Through To TEENs
- An Innovative Rapport-based Approach by The Women's Foundation
"Breaking Through to Teens" follows a group of teenagers on a year-long journey where they challenge pre-conceived gendered and other stereotypes about themselves and their place in the world through The Women's Foundation's innovative, pilot T.E.E.N. programme. Accompanying them are teachers, social workers and volunteers who find themselves transformed, along with their own views about teenagers. The stories and reflections highlight the ground-breaking nature of the programme. The focus is on building trusting relationships by seeking to understand and support each teen through their individual challenges at this critical juncture of their social and relational development.
"Everything begins with hope." Just like the T.E.E.N. participants, irrespective of our age and experience, we are bound to encounter failure and disappointment. "Breaking Through to Teens" illustrates the importance of having faith in others, believing in each person's untapped potential, creativity and ability to lead, and our own capacity for change. We hope these stories will inspire readers to face the opportunities and challenges of life with a newfound sense of faith and fearlessness.