When students feel frustrated or angry, they are less likely to function in a manner conducive to learning. This week at YWAP After School, one of our goals is to help the young people learn what causes frustration and anger as well as how to deal with their emotions.
Acronyms are a good example of using words to convey a meaning and teach positive character traits. YWAP is an acronym for Youth With A Purpose. HALT is an acronym for Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired which are among the chief causes of frustration for all people. When students get angry, their focus is damaged. We have a YWAP Red Flag System that allows students to hold a YWAP Coach accountable if the Coach has caused a problem. The students know that we can make mistakes and YWAP Coaches encourage students to bring us the Red Flag so that we can begin conflict resolution.
Participatory learning is great tool in a YWAP Coach's playbook. We encourage participation in a variety of ways. The YWAP Life Ticket is part of the weekly YWAP Lesson Plan. Students are given the opportunity to use Common Core Vocabulary words in sentences. Each YWAP Life Ticket that is returned completed will be placed in the YWAP Award Box. Tickets will be drawn for prizes at the end of each YWAP Semester.
The YWAP Coaches are grateful to Principal Cecelie Owens and her staff at West Hertel Academy. Together with After School Coordinator Rebecca Laczkowski, they go above and beyond the call of duty in their desire to help children reach their fullest potential.
After School Coordinator
A YWAP ACRONYM
You can do great things!
We believe in you!
Always do your best!
Persevere and never give up!
Youth With A Purpose Inc.
157 Locust Street
Buffalo, New York 14204
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