04 September 2013
New educational resource ‘a life jacket’ for youth
A new online toolkit called myLife, launched by Alliance member organisation Youth for Christ, will help young people develop character and acquire essential life skills. The Reflex team have produced the new resource particularly for use by prison workers, youth workers and teachers
MyLife is a life and social skills programme comprising of both an accredited group course and one-to-one mentoring sessions. It has been described as a "life jacket" for young people who are not in education, employment, or training (NEETs).
According to a BBC news report, a survey of over 1,000 parents for the University of Birmingham's Jubilee centre for character
and values has
found that: "Many schools do not know
how to teach character." Character has also been identified as a
key factor in reducing offending and reoffending. The After the Riots report
found that: "The key to avoiding future
riots is to have communities that work – where parents and schools ensure
children develop the values, skills and character to make the right choices at
MyLife responds to a recent report by the Centre for Social Justice which highlights the need for improved educational standards for those in youth custody. Edward Boyd, deputy policy director at Centre of Social Justice, describes a "youth justice system in crisis with more than two thirds (70%) going on to re-offend within 12 months of release" and pinpoints "the link between educational failure and crime".
Reflex outreach workers aim to raise aspirations and self-esteem of young people and empower them with the skills, confidence and character they'll need to realise their full potential and break the cycle of offending.
More about the myLife course and kit