A new awareness and an urge to explore is born in young people from age 13 onwards. They learn to deal with different events and pressures through hit or miss situations. Our education systems are rarely designed to deal with issues that simply do not fit into academic programs. Pressures on educators restrict the energy and time needed to deal with these issues adequately.
Many of the problems that arise during adolescence can be alleviated through providing communication and relationship skills learning for young people. Current research finds that workshop learning experiences are the most effective means of providing relevant social skills learning for adolescents.
The aim of these social skills workshops is to equip young people with skills that will enable them to effectively deal with relationships – with others, and with themselves – and to encourage them to show responsibility and independence in dealing with the social issues that arise throughout life.