The YES! for Schools curriculum teaches powerful breathing techniques and interactive awareness processes. This merging of cognitive social emotional learning (SEL) with physiological restorative practices is what makes YES! for Schools a highly successful tool for supporting both educator and learner performance.
Learners are equipped with practical tools and strategies to effectively manage their stress and emotions while at the same time boosting their energy levels, focus, concentration, creativity, self-esteem and connectedness.
YES! facilitators guide learners through the sessions using games, dynamic interactive processes and discussions.
Transformation begins at an individual level resulting in a more harmonious classroom setting and ultimately a sustainable shift for schools.
Educator and Parent Programmes are recommended for optimal support in sustaining a learning environment.
Building SA’s Youth
South African learners face the combined stress of poverty, low self-esteem, depression and anxiety on a daily basis. Without healthy alternatives, learners could resort to unhealthy coping mechanisms such as smoking, alcohol or drug usage, aggression, violence and withdrawal from social interaction. Through the YES! for Schools programme learners are equipped with vital tools to reduce stress and manage emotions.
A research study conducted over a two year period at a Californian High School showed:
38% reduction in violence
28% reduction in disruptive behavior
45% reduction in drug and alcohol abuse
45% reduction in suspension hours
Leaners are responding!
“I will be able to use these lessons throughout my life and achieve the goals I wish to achieve. Thank you YES! for Schools!’’ Grade 12 learner, Pretoria
“Yes! for Schools has helped me with a focus technique which helps me to focus on school subjects. With the power breath I don’t get so angry anymore, I am more relaxed.” MZ 13 yrs, Grade 7, Rammolutsi