The Rise Up program provides leadership opportunities for students who aspire as leaders. The program is facilitating Hedland Senior High School Year 7 Student Leaders to develop capacity for self-improvement through YouthCARE G.R.I.T. (Growth Resilience Integrity Traction) workshops.
Through the workshops, students participate in series of challenging activities and tasks, followed by a debrief on completion. Challenges and activities target learning areas such as problem-solving, trust, communication, group roles, resilience, giving and receiving honest feedback, goals and strategy, social awareness, emotional awareness, leadership, and self-care. Bouncing back from apparent failure is a key learning area, where students learn that failures can guide them towards success.
Students are encouraged to set personal goals from their learning journey and are taught the benefits of having a growth mindset.
Activity debriefing utilises a variety of creative approaches to encourage students to explore the experience, extract any discoveries or learning and apply it to their lives. Debriefing seeks to acknowledge positive and negative feelings, reactions, tensions, processes and identify skills demonstrated to solve the challenge.
Failures, setbacks and negative experiences prior to ultimate success provide a great opportunity to carefully nurture positive attitudes towards success and failure, interpersonal support and positive group practices.
The Year 7 Student Leaders are also ‘Rising Up’ to coordinate activities and events for their peers during break times.