Future Adult is a comprehensive program from First Impressions based on in-depth understanding of teenagers, their confusion, fears, pressures and needs. It shows them the path to becoming strong individuals with clarity of thinking, the ability to say No to peer pressure, gain an understanding of cultural values and the pitfalls of inappropriate or dangerous behavior. In the process, it helps them become well-rounded individuals with a great future ahead of them.
Casualization in Check – Segment 1
Increasing casualization in dress and grooming is said to go with lowered civility towards others. Today, this is more evident with teenagers, lowering the first impressions they make on people and forming lifelong habits. But, contrary to perception, teens do want to make good first impressions. Removing misconceptions regarding how people perceive their casualization in clothing and grooming, clarifying the meaning of body language and mannerisms help teens form the right habits, making them stand out as strong persons with their own individuality. This segment of the program takes teens through Communication of Clothes and the Psychological Impact of Casualization, Etiquette & Mannerisms, Grooming & Personal Hygiene and Understanding Body Language.
Managing Peers – Segment 2
Teenagers are highly susceptible to negative influence, coming under peer pressure for fear of rejection in their social circles. This makes it difficult for them to say No even when they know they should. Bullying on the other hand, puts them through stressful situations. They take a backward step when it comes to public speaking and similar events for fear of making a fool of themselves, losing opportunities that allow them to discover themselves and their potential. This segment of the program shows teenagers their Susceptibility to Negative Influence of People (SNIOP), How to Overcome FEAR (False Evidence Appearing Real), Bring out the Speaker in them, Manage Friendship, Peer Pressure & Bullying and the Art of Saying No with Respect. At the end of this segment, teenagers would be in a position to manage peers rather than be managed by them.
Future Ready – Segment 3
Many people often confuse hobbies with careers. While hobbies are about great enthusiasm, successful careers require a lot more than just that. They require the resilience to stick with it despite ups and downs, have marketable skills and more. Knowing the difference can eliminate much of the confusion that teens face in their career choice. Also, as people who have stepped out of childhood and yet to enter adulthood, they are still dependent on parents and other adults to guide them. But this is the right juncture to enable them to set their goals and build the discipline to follow through diligently. The Future Ready segment of the program guides teenagers with Hobby vs Career – The Difference and Goal Setting to be Future Ready.
Values & Culture – Segment 4
Culture is what we are born into. It is the fabric that guides us through life, establishing our values and way of life. While it is true that cultural values change over time, understanding the importance of these values helps teens through their turbulent years. The Future Adult program imparts Cultural Values, providing guidance and support to teenagers.
Internet & Social Media – Segment 5
While the Internet is a great enabler to reach out and is an open world of learning, it carries plenty of dangers within. Teenagers, in their excitement, under peer pressure and with their readiness to experiment, ignore the pitfalls while exploring the medium. Similarly, social media poses special challenges like hidden identities of people whom teenagers may trust at face value. The Future Ready program guides them with Internet – The Good, The Bad & The Ugly and Social Media – Do’s & Don’ts.
Interaction with Parents- Segment 6
Each batch of future adult will have an interaction session with parents which will help them understand issues better. Since these will not be their parents a more transparent and open discussion can take place which will help both the parents as well as teenagers.
360 Degree Feedback – Segment 7
The Future Adult Program provides a unique 3600 feedback from the people closest to teenagers with accurate and real feedback of the positive change in them, delivering a complete learning experience. To enable this, the program requires the reference and contact detail of 2 people who are close to the teenager to give relevant and effective feedback about the program’s impact on the teen.
Future Ready Program – A Few Tips
- Teens who feel good about the way they look and smell have higher self-esteem.
- Wash your face with a mild cleanser once in the morning, in the evening and after heavy exercise to prevent acne.
- Delaying is a good first step to saying No to peers.
- Beware of false identities online and be careful about what you post – At least a quarter of young people surveyed had posted something they later regretted.
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