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Life Skills Training for Teenagers

BY LIA LUN NGAI | 5 JUNE 2018

Do you believe that getting Life Skill's training can change your life? 

Life Skills Training is very necessary for everyone. Especially, for young people because many of them have dreams for their future, but most young people do not know how to plan by setting goals to achieve their dreams. We are training young people in Life Skills because we would like to help them set up their goals for a better future. Recently, we trained a group of teenage in Life Skills over a period of 1 month.

The main trainers were Ruth and Katherine, with myself and Mol Mol as translators from English to Thai or Burmese. In the first part of the training we covered Values, Setting Goals, Budgeting, Healthy Relationship and Unhealthy Relationship, Communication and Peer Pressure. From these sessions, the young people gained a lot of knowledge and skills in how to plan and set their goals.

I did not just translate for the training, as I also spent time on specific topics when the participants could not comprehend the content at first explanation. For example, when we delivered the session on Communication, most participants did not understand the cycle of communication clearly. At that time, I demonstrated the content with an example. Later on, they could comprehend well. For this reason, I am happy to help because I could participate as a trainer also.

Moreover, by doing some activities, we could see how respectful these young people really are! For example, when we did exercise about value, most of them said they will provide some amount of money to their family monthly although they have to struggle for their living and study.

We found that they all have different goals. Some of them want to become designers, guitar players, football players, flight attendants, accountants and doctors, etc. Hearing about their dreams we are very pleased, because we have been able to help them set certain goals.

As trainers we are very glad to give Life Skills training to these young people. It was exciting for us to share how to value our own dreams and others by showing them how to establish the steps to reach their goals, manage their budgets when they start their careers and support each other in the process.

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