Empowering Young Minds

10 October 2023

At Learn & Experience, we firmly believe that empowering young minds is essential for a brighter, healthier future. Here’s how our programs are making a real difference in the lives of young individuals:

🌟 Building Confidence: Through our immersive adventures and educational experiences, young people are given opportunities to step out of their comfort zones, face challenges, and accomplish remarkable feats. This fosters a profound sense of accomplishment and self-assuredness, which are vital components of good mental health.

🌐 Cultural Exchange: We encourage young participants to explore other cultures, language, and traditions. This not only broadens their horizons but also cultivates empathy, tolerance, and a global perspective – attributes that contribute to emotional well-being.

🤝 Friendships & Support Networks: Our programs create lasting bonds and friendships that often last a lifetime. These connections offer crucial support and a sense of belonging, combating feelings of isolation and loneliness that can impact young minds.

🌈 Promoting Resilience: Our experiential learning approach teaches young people how to adapt, problem-solve, and persevere in challenging situations. These skills are invaluable for building resilience and effectively managing stress.

📚 Joyful Learning: Learning through exciting and engaging experiences is a cornerstone of our programs. When young people discover their passions and engage in meaningful learning, it can bring immense joy and improve overall mental well-being.

This World Mental Health Day, let’s celebrate young people and dedicate our commitment to nurturing the mental health of our youth. By providing young people with opportunities for growth, self-discovery, and connection, it increases the chances of a healthier and happier generation.

Join us in recognising the importance of youth mental health and supporting initiatives that empower our future leaders.

YGL Blog 2019

17 July 2019

Monday 15th July

The L&E Young Global Leaders programme is a very unique opportunity for young people from around the world to come together to learn and understand what makes good young leaders.  In our small team we have participants from Hong Kong, Spain, Russia, Italy, Sweden, Germany, France and UK.  Now if that isn’t what Young Global Leaders should be all about then I don’t what is!!?

We started on Monday morning with a brief questionnaire about our expectations and what we felt our strengths and weaknesses were.  We then spent quite a bit of time introducing each other and getting to know one another.  My gosh…these young leaders are so incredibly interesting.  Their dreams and ambitions are astounding but with a firm belief and commitment to achieve them.

We then looked at some well known leaders and discussed their attributes…Trump, Merkel, Messi, Sir Alex Ferguson, Mandela and Greta Thunberg.

It was certainly an interesting discussion as you can imagine!

The afternoon session included some camp fire cooking skills that will hopefully come in useful for the Wilderness trip later on in the week…

Tuesday, 16th July

Tuesday brought some problem solving to the table.  It was a team effort but there were certainly some characters that came to the fore with some astute leadership skills…all with different styles mind you.

You may have heard of Edward de Bono!? A Maltese modern day psychologist who came up with an interesting theory about different ways of thinking within a team.

When making a collective decision it’s always good to have members of the team who behave and look at things differently.  It’s called The 6 Thinking Hats.

Six distinct directions are identified and assigned a color. The six directions are:

  • Managing Blue – what is the subject? what are we thinking about? what is the goal? Can look at the big picture.
  • Information White – considering purely what information is available, what are the facts?
  • Emotions Red – intuitive or instinctive gut reactions or statements of emotional feeling (but not any justification).
  • Discernment Black – logic applied to identifying reasons to be cautious and conservative. Practical, realistic.
  • Optimistic response Yellow – logic applied to identifying benefits, seeking harmony. Sees the brighter, sunny side of situations.
  • Creativity Green – statements of provocation and investigation, seeing where a thought goes. Thinks creatively, outside the box.

This was an incredibly rewarding session where the team were given the task of planning a birthday party and designing the Best Summer Camp (pretty tough competition out there I’ve heard!!??)

They were given different “hats” to see if they were able to think differently and also were able to choose the “hat” that they were most comfortable with.

We hope that the skills learnt will be beneficial to them for the rest of their lives.

Wednesday brings a very exciting proposition…The Wilderness Experience.  Plans have been made and now just the expedition itself is there to complete.  We look forward to telling you all about it tomorrow.  Till then….

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