Why ARISE Life Skills Curriculum Works:
- ARISE lessons are specifically designed for youth accustomed to becoming hostile, even physically violent when frustrated by life or normal classroom activities.
- Lessons are fun and interactive, never boring. No one sits quietly on the sidelines because the learners are involved in interactive group activities. They learn from each other, with activities that are engaging, such as role playing, brainstorming, and group discussion. Perhaps for the first time in their young lives, seriously delinquent youths in ARISE groups understand the lessons and participate in discussions. Because the emphasis is on group participation and not on individual performance or good grades, the fear of embarrassment is replaced by a new self-confidence that their opinions matter and that they can rise above their own expectations.
- Each lesson is self-contained and NOT dependent on previously learned material. You can start anywhere in ARISE. Learners are able to jump into the action easily on their first day. They don’t have to have any previous knowledge of a subject in order to participate.
- ARISE is perfect for those with reading difficulties. All workbook pages are easy to read. However, the intellectual level of discussion is high enough to keep the attention of the participants.
- We offer an abundance of topics and lesson plans for youth aged pre-K through high school for your classroom or group setting. Therefore, we make lesson planning easy. Here are just a few examples of the topics we cover: anger management, substance abuse, guns, the environment, domestic abuse, household dangers, teen pregnancy, self-esteem, nutrition, and health.
- Besides offering a life-skills curriculum for at-risk populations, ARISE trains your staff as ARISE Certified Life-Skills Instructors in two days (14 hours). We train your personnel so you don’t have to hire specialized staff to teach the ARISE curriculum. The unique ARISE training formula enables instructors to immediately gain confidence in teaching often rebellious at-risk populations. As a result of the training, staff feel more prepared to use and teach the ARISE life skills curriculum. The relationship between the youth and staff improves and most importantly, the youth learn life-skill lessons from an adult they grow to trust and respect.
10 Reasons Why ARISE stories work
- Step by step directions enable you to help disadvantaged youth sort things out in their own minds.
- Every story is a learning experience .Youth feel secure in expressing their thoughts in the framework of a story.
- These stories were written specifically for the population you work with.
- A major benefit of the ARISE stories for at-risk youth is that they develop feelings of empathy for other people.
- Breakthrough discussion opportunities
- Everyone will have an opinion.
- You will be amazed at the participation.
- Storytelling can be a powerful aid to clinical therapists.
- Stories also help deter delinquent behavior in the lives of today’s youth.
- The long-recognized benefits of storytelling are just as strong today as in the past. This includes motivating youth to read more stories on their own, so they improve their reading skills and build their vocabulary.
No one is born with an understanding of what society expects of us. This know-how, what we call “life skills,” must be taught, understood and embraced. At-risk youth — and today what youth isn’t at risk? — must consciously be provided with the skills necessary to become productive members of our society. These pro-social skills cannot be learned on the street, bought at the local convenience store or checked out of a library — they must be observed and taught. ARISE life-skills lessons lay the foundation for disadvantaged youth to develop positive social & emotional skills.
In the olden days, life-skills were taught to children when families gathered together daily at meal time and talked about the day’s events. Children observed how their parents and older siblings reacted to various social and emotional situations and learned from these experiences. Now, family gatherings are relegated to catching up on holidays like Christmas or watching football on Thanksgiving Day. This is not enough to salvage young lives gone astray. No one is born with an understanding of what society expects of them. Life skills must be taught, understood and embraced, if we are to prevent the juvenile justice system from becoming the farm team for the adult criminal system.
Destined for Lives of Crime?
Youth living in crime-ridden and impoverished neighborhoods are faced with a multitude of obstacles in their road to survival including gangs, bullying, poverty, physical and sexual abuse, single-parent homes, drugs, inadequate housing, and a lack of access to health care. Often these are the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of school dropouts. Most of their school experiences are marked by chronic truancy, suspension and expulsion. Many troubled adolescents also suffer from Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and other learning disabilities. For many at-risk youth, the definition of success becomes based on the quantity of gold around their necks or in their bridgework, the amount of cash stuffed in their pockets, the drugs available, and the trophy babies sired. There is a tragic forecast of a hard, stormy life when they wind up behind bars, hardly able to read or write, never really understanding why the law has singled them out for punishment. ARISE is truly the last best opportunity to salvage these young men and women’s lives.
So how do we make contact with these children and adolescents? Get them to listen, learn and succeed? Because ARISE topics are “cool,” enjoyable, easy to relate to, and deal with everyday life, ARISE life skills lessons sneak in under the radar and are absorbed by participants in brainstorming activities and dynamic group sessions. Youth never confuse them with their negative classroom experiences. It’s not school, it’s ARISE! Browse Life Skills Materials
ARISE Life Skills interactive lessons are designed for at-risk youth of all ages:
Pre-K through teens. We have provided details below on the purpose, audience, and benefits of ARISE Life Skills Lessons as well as information on our most popular topics.
Popular topics include: