ARISE Life Skill Lessons and Staff Training

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Components of the ARISE Formula

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There are four basic components to the ARISE Formula:

The ARISE Formula is the main tool used to generate interactive group learning experiences; it can be applied to all ARISE materials even non-ARISE curricula.

1 – Introduction:

The topic of a lesson is not always self-evident. A good way to introduce the topic for the group is to start with “Today’s discussion is about ____________. We will be conducting an activity that will help us understand…_____.” In other words, say what the topic is in general, and then add a sentence or two to get more specific.

2 – Guided Group Discussion

The purpose of an ARISE lesson is to get the youth involved in thinking about a topic, discussing it, and participating in an activity to reinforce the learning. At least 75% of the time spent in an ARISE group should involve interaction. ARISE guided group discussion involves asking questions, brainstorming, and mind-mapping.

3 – Activity

Most ARISE lessons will include worksheets, but some will not. The worksheet is usually presented toward the end of the discussion. Remember that the discussion is the major part of the lesson. The activity is there to help cement what the youth have learned.

4 – Wrap-up/Conclusion

End the ARISE lesson with a question designed to tell you what the group session meant to the youth. This helps determine the effectiveness of the lesson. And please end ARISE groups with a positive quotation or a genuine compliment.

ARISE life skills group sessions are particularly relevant for at risk youth in community based programs as an alternative to incarceration. The following curricula and organizations throughout the U.S.A. and beyond are making use of the ARISE life skills lessons and staff training:

Topics include-anger management for teens and adults, alternative to incarceration, teen anger management groups, and community based organizations, family and youth counseling, independent living, youth and family services, youth and family counseling, youth organizations such as Girls and Boys Clubs, Ansell Casey and the Salvation Army.


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