The prospect of VCE-leaving school-adulthood is daunting for young people. In a radically changed and increasingly complex world, many are not coping:
One in seven 14-17-year-olds experience a mental disorder; suicide is the biggest killer of young Australians (Beyond Blue).
Young people need to know they are precious, not defined by academic marks, and that schooling is a stepping-stone along the journey of life – which should be lived well. To succeed, they must realize their inherent worth, embrace life-giving relationships, heroes, values, dreams, and achieve holistic balance in their lives.
Having messed up in my youth, and worked extensively with at-risk youth and school students, I have an important message for young people which I know how to deliver – as the teachers’ references attest.
If you want to motivate your students to think seriously about where they are in life, and where they should be heading, I can help.
Arthur Bolkas MA Criminology – Churchill Fellow 2000