August Life Skill of the Month “Confidence”

In our workshops this month, we worked to help teach our youth to have healthy confidence in themselves by encouraging positive self-talk and facilitated discussion about the things that make them feel confident. We found ways to help youth rethink negative thoughts about themselves and helped steer conversations toward talk of strengths and talents — we taught them to focus on “I can!” rather than “I can’t.”

We encouraged youth to think about situations when they might need to be confident, and helped them remember all the reasons they have to be confident in themselves and their abilities.

Our art projects this month encouraged youth to reflect on things that make them feel confident, or encouraged practicing confidence by giving youth the opportunity to try new things outside their usual comfort zone.


In the project below, youth practiced confidence by trying out something new and challenging: painting with anything EXCEPT for a paintbrush. The photo with the house and rainbow is a boy. The windows are the eyes, the door is the mouth, and the roof is the brain. The rainbow represents his thoughts and ideas. This photo was completed using pipe cleaners, pencils, toothpicks and a plastic knife.
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In another art project we did in a workshop,  youth created pictures of things that made them feel confident about themselves.

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If you want to get involved with our youth and help them learn these important life skills, sign up to volunteer