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It is a personal development program and group mentoring tool aimed to encourage participants and equip young men with a sense of their own identity, self-awareness of their core value, and the opportunity for personal growth.
The materials cover three 3 units titled Significance, Resilience and Courage. Each unit is explored through three sessions incorporating a mixture of activities, discussion and reflection.
Matt Beckett, who recently used the STRENGTH materials with young people at Fountain of Life Church says:
“STRENGTH was a very useful tool for engaging young men in conversations that men often find difficult to have. Culturally men are told to be strong, without actually acknowledging areas of their life that might cause them hurt, pain or insecurity. STRENGTH has proved to be a good starting point for allowing those issues to be aired and normalised, and whilst not being a tool for a quick fix to all of life's issues, it does help young men talk, which is a great starting point.”
STRENGTH applies experiential learning to purposefully engage young men and provide an opportunity for them to develop a rapport with peers and facilitators in a comfortable, fun, and non-confrontational environment.
Although based on Christian themes the materials don’t include scriptural teaching and leaders may want to further develop the teaching points and discussions depending on the context they are using the materials in.
Matt goes on to explain:
“Whilst it’s encouraging to be talking about issues of identity, I wanted our guys to make sure that their identity was firmly based in Jesus. I found that the course materials offered a good canvas on to which you could build your group upon; then I took some additional thought and time to adapt the sessions and really make it work in practice within our own church setting. Hopefully this would give scope for other people to tailor the course for whichever setting they run it in too.”
If you think STRENGTH would be an interesting resource to use in your setting, a reference copy is available for loan from the Resource Centre at Easton.
Its counterpart SHINE for equipping adolescent women is also available.