Years 7-10

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SUCCESS = WHAT?

Using an interactive story-telling approach, Arthur challenges young people about what it means to them to be successful in life. Students are confronted with ‘big picture’ issues such as who they are/aspire to be, what’s important in life, and where they are heading – all within the context of the amazing ‘journey of life.’ Arthur’s personal story is interwoven through the presentation.

Young people will be challenged to:

  • Reflect on adulthood and the kind of person they’d like to become
  • Not take their education, opportunities, and privileges for granted
  • Identify and apply their gifts and passions
  • Think for themselves and make positive choices
  • Develop a healthy sexuality
  • Seriously consider why they should avoid drug use/experimentation
  • Ask for help / establish a network of support / access youth services
  • Look for positive heroes and role-models
  • Find a mentor and align themselves with positive, pro-social people
  • Establish ‘life-giving’ relationships
  • Develop life-skills, self-confidence/esteem, and resiliency
  • Reflect on personal morality and values for life
  • Develop a social conscience and live it out
  • Appreciate that even ‘failure’ can be success in disguise
  • Embrace the ‘4-legged stool’ philosophy – holistic balance in the physical-mental-emotional-spiritual realms of life
  • Strive to love themselves
  • Build a successful future and live abundant lives

     Timeframe:

  1.  90 minutes – straight presentation and question time
  2.  120+ minutes – includes ‘Imagine’: an interactive exercise where students              visualize attending a school re-union twenty years into the future and describe        the kind of person they will be 
  3.  Open-ended – incorporates the above plus an opportunity for individual students  who feel the need to debrief with Arthur

 

SUBSTANCE (AB)USE & SOCIETY

Substance abuse is a growing problem in the community, particularly among young people. Practically everybody knows somebody who has been affected. The aim of this seminar is to (a) equip students to make better informed and wiser choices about using drugs, and (b) encourage anyone who takes drugs to consider that they may have a problem and need to do something about it.

Topics include:

  • What is a drug?
  • Alcohol and cannabis – the ‘gateway’ drugs
  • Illicit and licit drugs – ours is a drug taking/addictive culture
  • Drug ab-use – a blurred boundary
  • Who is a drug (ab)user? – functional and dysfunctional users
  • Recreational drug use v. addiction – demystifying the myths
  • The personal and social cost of addiction
  • Misconceptions surrounding drug use
  • The effects of drugs
  • Why people abuse drugs, particularly young people
  • Some unintended consequences of taking drugs
  • The drug–depression–suicide link
  • ‘Dual diagnosis’– the mental health-incarceration link
  • Choosing to say “No” to drugs
  • Getting help with substance abuse
  • Arthur’s personal victory over addiction – presented in a balance

     Timeframe: 45-90 minutes – optional audio-visual and question time

 

LEADERSHIP & SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

To excel in life, young people should possess leadership qualities. However, in our competitive and materialistic society leadership is too often individualistic and self-serving. The seminar aims to challenge such notions, offering an alternative approach to leadership that is ‘servant’ based and permeates all facets of a person’s life.

Topics include:

  • Arthur’s personal leadership experience
  • Contemporary notions of leadership
  • The nature and quality of leadership
  • Heroes and role models
  • Leadership and moral/ethical responsibility
  • The servant / sacrificial leader
  • Leadership and family
  • Leadership and work
  • Leadership and community
  • Leadership at school
  • Are you a leader or a follower?

     Timeframe: 60-90 minutes – including question and discussion time