Curriculum - FSC Psycho-social and recreational activities

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Curriculum - FSC Psycho-social and recreational activities

    Youth Excellence Program

    FSC Psycho-Social and Recreational Activities

    Our social activities will encourage positive social values and behavior. The youths who participate in our program will be influenced by both the culture associated with activity and the experiences they have as part of the activity. We will teach our youth skills that will help them build other aspects of their lives such as:

    ; Feelings of being part of a special group

    ; Opportunities to set goals

    ; Leadership roles

    ; Age-appropriate activities

    ; Parent involvement

    ; Opportunities to develop healthy relationships with siblings/peers Research shows that youth who participate in extracurricular activities, such as sports (basketball, soccer, volley-ball, baseball…etc), arts, or music, are more likely to:

    ; Earn better grades

    ; Have higher educational goals

    ; Attend school more regularly

    ; Feel better about themselves

    Time spent in our extracurricular activities will also decrease the opportunity for our youths to be involved in problem behaviors. For example, these same youths are less likely to:

    ; Use addictive substances

    ; Drop out of school

    ; Misbehave at school

    ; Commit delinquent acts

Program Activities

    Students who take part in the FSC Program will receive instruction and supervision designed to:

    1. expend their understanding of social appropriateness;

    2. enhance their skills at cooperatively working with peers;

    3. facilitate their ability to identify personal characteristics/abilities in themselves

    and others that lead to a sense of empowerment and belonging;

    4. increase their ability to identify and remove barriers to recreational and social

    inclusion within the school and community; and

    5. Develop their skills at planning and carrying out inclusive recreation and leisure


    6. Create a climate within the school and community in which individual differences

    are accepted and celebrated.

    The curriculum will also include the following lessons:

1. lesson 1: Orientation

    2. lesson 2: Introductions

    3. lesson 3: A New Way of Thinking

    4. lesson 4: How We are Alike

    5. lesson 5: Myths and Misconceptions

    6. lesson 6: Understanding Friendship

    7. lesson 7: Developing Communication Skills

    8. lesson 8: Characteristics and Needs of Persons with MR, Physical and other


    9. lesson 9: Enhancing Sensitivity

    10. lesson 10: Everyone’s a Winner

    11. lesson 11: Being a Team Member

    12. lesson 12: Being and Advocate

    13. lesson 13: Self-Determination and Self-Advocacy

    14. Lesson 14: Making a Difference….


    Overview: FSC will equip students for co-existence and societal function for the viewpoint that delinquent youth are disadvantaged if not even handicapped. Due to the limited exposure time to these students, this program is well-structured such that the time needed can be adapted to nearly any student.


    1. Improve social competence of delinquent youth within peers.

    2. Preparing such students for the behavioral demands and expectations of social

    agents within all environments.

    3. Teaching skills involved in developing social support networks and


    4. Teaching ways to analyze social situations and adjusting to them.

     Activities and Procedures:

; Improving thinking skills through modeling

    ; Better decision making strategies through cognitive behavioral activities ; More co-operative work

    ; Understanding of responsibilities

    ; Better deal with experiences including negative experiences ; Recognize and manage anger and other self destructive emotions ; Show greater ability to work independently

    ; Demonstrate a greater ability to undertake tasks

    ; Make better judgment about use of leisure/recreational time ; Show greater acceptance of consequences of actions

    ; Show better management of response to situations involving others ; Express their views in a positive manner recognizing the rights of others to

    hold differing views.

    ; Greater ability to set own goal/targets

    ; Development of an ability to reflect on own progress

    ; Willingness to explore education and training opportunities ; Better communication skills (role play)

    ; Greater participation in discussions and group work

    ; Greater self confidence to undertake tasks un-aided

    ; Raised self esteem

    ; Greater responsibility for own learning

    ; Demonstration of the ability to engage in problem solving ; An understanding of the positive role education can play in changing


    ; Take part in activities as part of a group from diverse cultures and


    ; Engage in genuine discussions with others from different background ; Demonstrate a greater understanding of the need to be sensitive to the

    needs of others

    ; Demonstrate the need to use appropriate language and behaviors when

    communicating with others.

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