Young people are living and inheriting an increasingly complex world – socially, environmentally and politically. It’s a world that causes many to flounder – drifting away from their true identity, forgetting their purpose, and being blinded by societal pressures and fears.
Day of Hope provides knowledge and understanding that form the foundation on which students can build a hope filled future. It develops an understanding of the effects that external influences and personal cognitions have on the individual, by encouraging critical thinking. Developing a sense of hope correlates positively with self-esteem, positive emotions, athletic performance, health and wellbeing and greater academic satisfaction.
Hope theory is a cognitive model of human motivation. Many people face automatic negative thoughts that may impede successful goal pursuit. Young people can make themselves happy or miserable irrespective of what is actually happening in their environment by changing the contents of their consciousness. The capacity to develop a hopeful mindset is vitally important not only for succeeding in life but for enjoying it as well.
The Day of Hope program implicitly outlines Martin Seligman's PERMA model in a way which is palatable and inspiring to young people.
There are three modules in this seminar:
- 1THE POWER OF PURPOSE encourages students to consider and take decisive action on who they are, why they are here and where they are going. Young people today don't lack motivation. What they lack is a clear vision for the future. Many young people today have become future blind. Our world is changing so rapidly and many young people become stuck in a permanent and ceaseless present. Gaining a vision for their lives empowers students to take massive action towards their goals.
- 2JAILBREAK explores how to transform our limiting beliefs to help maximise our wellbeing. The greatest moment of courage any of us can hope to achieve is to redefine ourselves and to not allow ourselves to be defined by our fears, our past or our mistakes. It teaches students how to not get stuck in shallow and default thinking but to live by design.
- 3UNSTOPPABLE teaches the power of setting 'moonshot' goals (as defined by google) to help solve large scale problems. This session also helps students develop a resilient and robust view to life. This session emboldens the students with both courage and hope to withstand life's inevitable challenges. It teaches students that hope is that stubborn thing inside of us all that insists, despite all evidence to the contrary, that something better awaits us so long as we have the courage to keep reaching, to keep working and to keep persisting.
Day of Hope compliments schools positive psychology and wellbeing programs. This is a social and emotional wellbeing program which highlights and clearly explains key concepts such as grit, emotional intelligence, authentic strengths, optimism, empathy, courage and hope.
“I have really bad anxiety and am depressed. On some nights I feel like my life is not worth living. I just think about how I’m not worth it, not important. Here’s the thing though. You told us all we were important. That hit home for me that minute. I was holding back tears; to be told you are important is something everyone should be told… not just once but many, many times. I have been called pretty, nice, smart etc. But being called important really hits a heart string.”
Year 10 Student NSW
“A little over a month ago, I found out my Dad was diagnosed with cancer and it really took a toll on me. My self-esteem plummeted, my anxiety levels rose quite drastically and I couldn’t seem to concentrate on anything anymore, although these things weren’t just synonymous with what is happening with Dad. I couldn’t seem to pick myself back up and keep looking forward into the future to where I want to be. Hearing your talk to the Grade 11’s and also by you sharing your story with us, I can see that no matter what happens in life, overcoming is possible.”
Year 11 Student QLD
“I have been diagnosed with clinical depression, severe anxiety, and anorexia. I have been in Flinders Hospital for three weeks during this past month with a nasogastric tube feeding me, no hope of any goals or dreams, and thought that there was no place I was going. Luckily, I was discharged just in time to see your speech today. Now I feel like I have a place to go, can have dreams and goals that can happen, and can fully recover from my illnesses. So, my contribution to my goal of recovery, which I began today, was to eat all of my afternoon tea, all of my dinner, and then helped myself to more food when I was hungry without being asked or pushed into eating it. It may sound small, but it was a massive step to push away the eating disorder. I'm really proud of myself. Keep up the amazing work you're doing, its so inspiring and has truly helped me see that one day there is hope for me.”
Year 11 Student SA
“I would like to start off by saying a massive thankyou. Thanks to you I have just realised that I AM worth something and just how much I am worth. What you said today will fuel me to keep going no matter what, I do not believe you could even begin to fathom the effect you had on me today. So thank you, you have literally changed my viewpoint on life.”