These workshops address issues in age-appropriate sequence, content and language for the youth, with workshops beginning in the late primary years and continuing to the end of the secondary school years.
1. Who Am I?
2. Things Are Changing Puberty!
3. Adolescent Self Esteem
4. My Family - An Opportunity To Grow
5. The Social Me
6. The Pressures Of Adolescence
8. Pornography : Harmless Fun?
9. Me, Before I Was Born
10. The Art Of Frienship
11. Smart Sexuality I: Understanding And Managing Sexual Pressure
12. Smart Sexuality II: It Is Worthwhile!
These workshops are aimed at giving parents an updated understanding of the teen issues and practical tools to help them prepare themselves to address these key adolescent issues with their adolescent child through helping their teen develop relevant character strengths.
1. Unscrambling The Teen Puzzle: Understanding My Teen Through 5 Dimensions
2. Adolescent Self Esteem
3. Beyond The Birds And The Bees: Talking To My Teen About Love, Life And Sex
4. Helping Our Children In Self-Mastery
5. Pressures Of Adolescence - Peer Pressure
6. The Art Of Being A Good Friend
7. Pornography : Harmless Fun?
8. It Is Worthwhile!
9. Walking The Talk
The H.E.A.R.T. Program
The H.E.A.R.T. Program is a sexuality educational program based on the formation of character. It is based on the successful Protégé Tu Corazon (PTC) program which was begun in Mexico in 1993 and is currently taught in more than 200 educational institutions and 15 countries world wide.
The name, H.E.A.R.T., is an acronym for the fruits of the successful exercise of one’s sexuality: Happiness • Empowerment • Accountability • Respect • True love
The H.E.A.R.T. Program is based on the sciences like human anthropology, medicine and psycology, to mention just a few.
It is directed at adolescents, parents and teachers of educational institutions.
Parents are the first and most important educators of their children and this includes the area of their sexuality. Unfortunately, it has been shown time and again that parents often have little communication with their children with regards to subjects related to sexuality. Since the initiation of PTC in 1993, it became clear that it was crucial to involve parents with the important issues of sexuality that PTC was exploring with their children, and this gave rise to the parent workshops which complement the adolescent sessions. Through them, parents are informed of the adolescent world, something that can sometimes be very foreign to them, allowing them to comprehend better the needs of their adolescent children. They receive pedagogical tools to prepare themselves for the formation of their children’s character, learning to open a channel of dialogue, to connect better and consequently, to influence their children with practical sense and with optimism about what young people are truly capable of.
H.E.A.R.T. is the PTC program customized for Singapore. The parent program, PTC, has been given in different social-economic and cultural environments in more than 75 cities of 18 countries. Even when differences exist between countries or even within the same city, contemporary adolescents worldwide think and act in a similar fashion in a social climate where access to information of any kind is easier and is expanding at an exponential rate. The subjects of PTC are universal but nonetheless, this does not eliminate the fact that there are characteristics of each country and culture which should be taken into account. The adaptation to local characteristics is done throughout the process in which the sessions are given, as the H.E.A.R.T. instructor will use stories or anecdotes relevant to the local context and use local statistics to backup points made during the sessions. The H.E.A.R.T. program takes into account the local context of the universal problems encountered by young people worldwide and focuses on these with its audience, thus bringing a customized version of the PTC program to Singapore.
The H.E.A.R.T. Program:
Is a sexuality education program based on the education of character.
Is centered on the 5 dimensions of a person and integrates sexuality to these dimensions: physical, social, emotional, rational and transcendental.
Covers 23 subjects that are related to age and psychological maturity of adolescents
Is presented in a positive way to generate an optimistic outlook about human sexuality.
Presents demanding ideals and suggests (not imposes) abilities so that adolescents make a voluntary effort to overcome typical deficiencies of their age.
Represents an opportunity for adolescents to develop their own features of good character if they voluntarily accept to make the corresponding effort: respect, sincerity, responsibility, prudence and self control amongst others.
Considers parents primary guides of sexuality. Nobody has the affection for or knows their children as they do. The H.E.A.R.T. Program is therefore just a complement to their duty and to the efforts of the school their children are in.
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