Self Esteem. Belonging. Exploration

We aim to encourage these values in our young teens, while warning them about the
dangers of drug and alcohol use and addiction.

Hope House runs Schools Programmes in schools in Cape Town. Our Prevention Programme educate early teens in how to avoid the temptations of drugs and our Community Based Treatment program supports youth who have started experimenting with drugs.

Teaching good choices

Instead of correcting children after they get it wrong, we prefer to coach them in the moment when they can still make good choices in life. Hope House runs an 8-week Prevention Programme learners from Grade 1 to 11 in order to reach them while they are still open to education and before they are faced with daily temptation. Our programme teaches values such as honesty, trustworthiness, responsibility and encourages the children to make good choices, set goals and learn to manage their anger. Building self esteem is also an essential part of the course.

Coming alongside the vulnerable

Hope House runs a 16-week Intervention Programme with selected youth who seem vulnerable or have already dabbled in drugs. Small groups of children are counselled and educated in a group setting for 16 weeks. In this time we hope to educate these young people about the dangers of drugs, speak about deep hurts and show them wise alternatives.

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Schools Programmes on offer

Prevention

Strengthening Families Programme (SFP)

This powerful, one-of-a-kind course focuses on the whole family and is a major force for changing our nation.  The course uses role plays, games and communication exercises to encourage stability and awareness of roles in the family. Strengthening Families is a special schools programme,  it is  designed to reduce environmental risk factors and to boost personal resilience to drug use in high-risk youth. Research has shown that the programme also lowers the chances of mental disorders, aggression, juvenile delinquency, school failure, teenage pregnancy, and HIV/AIDS in youth.  The course also drops rates of child abuse and neglect, by increasing parent’s love and empathy for their children. The course breaks the family into three groups for skills training: parents, children and family.

Intervention

 Schools Intervention Programme

We run an intervention Programme for youth dabbling in, or abusing substances.    This intensive 16 week Programme works with the learner, the school and their family.

Learners are shown the impact of dagga on the adolescent brain, learn about their triggers around substance use, given tools to withstand peer pressure, and tools to prevent relapsing.  They are given psycho-education around substance use and then equipped with the tools to make healthier life choices. The families are encouraged to support their youth and also given psycho-education around the impact of substance use on teens.

Better Life Choices for Schools

This program helps children and adolescents to make better, healthier choices in life. It covers topics such as “What is character?”, choices and consequences, goal setting, anger management & conflict resolution, communication, refusal skills and peer pressure. This schools course is currently awaiting funding, yet we look forward to running it in schools in the future.

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