The Mooditj program has ten sessions altogether. Each session is one hour long. The beginning of the manual contains some useful information to think about before you start. Then each session describes what the purpose of the session is, how to run the activities, and what resources you will need. Sessions 1 to 5 (or 6) can be run as a stand-alone program, followed by the rest of the sessions later if possible.
Mooditj was originally intended as an out-of-school program. It can be run after school or on the weekend, like a youth group, or on a camp. Mooditj has also been run very successfully in schools, either with whole classes or groups of Aboriginal students.
1. The beginning
The young people will have increased self-esteem and feel safe, respected and keen to be involved in the Mooditj group.
The young people will have increased understanding of how respect and care for each other is important in growing strong positive relationships.
The young people will be more aware of their feelings and better able to handle strong feelings in safe and positive ways.
4. Speaking out
The young people will be more confident to speak up for themselves in respectful and safe ways.
5. Goals and dreams
The young people will have increased understanding of the value of goals, and be better able to set realistic goals and overcome barriers that get in the way.
The young people will have increased knowledge of the changes that happen during puberty, to help them feel more confident and comfortable in themselves and more understanding of others.
7. Being a young Mum or Dad
The young people will be more aware of the reality of being a young parent and the challenges for both families involved.
8. Talking sex
The young people will be more confident to make decisions about sexual activities that are right for them and that respect their partner.
9. Safer sex and contraception
The young people will have the knowledge to protect themselves and their partners from STIs and pregnancy.
10. What now?
The young people will review what they have learnt, celebrate their achievement and leave Mooditj with increased confidence in themselves and their ability to make positive and informed choices.
For general enquiries and further information, please email Robyn Wansbrough, Manager of Education and Training. Alternatively, you can call on 9227 6177
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