WAY TO BE
WAY TO BE is a school incursion designed to build self awareness and communication skills for high school students in order to foster healthy interdependent relationships and improve self efficacy.
Our internet search histories reveal that, "Australians make more searches, looking for help with anxiety, than anyone else in the world." These high rates of anxiety include our children! In 2015 the Australian Government conducted the second Australian Child and Adolescent Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing. They found that approximately 3.2 kids in the standard 23 student classroom were reported to have struggled with mental health.
If you're a teacher, that's YOUR CLASSROOM.
While we can't control all of the pressures on our students, we can give them the skills to cope!
Created by experts in behaviour change and facilitation, WAY TO BE teaches soft skills with a difference.
Designed for high school students, the key learning points are multi disciplinary, making the content more accessible to this age group. While the learning outcomes are rooted in psychology and the social sciences, we approach the study of the human condition through the arts.
There are three stages in the WAY TO BE program, each stage consists of two sessions -
The keynotes are designed to use humour, stories and activities to build knowledge and introduce the skills needed in each stage.
The workshops are interactive, scattered with games and activities. They focus on the application of the skills needed in each stage.
This module focuses on identity. Identity plays a crucial role in how we think, feel and behave.
In these workshops we cover the ways we define who we are; highlighting that identity is fluid and self acceptance is crucial.
With an emphasis on the importance of defining our own identity, we equip students with tools to do this so that they don't just accept the definitions cast on them by society.
We've all found ourselves unsatisfied when we are on auto-pilot, muscling our way through a plan we're not even sure we ever wanted.
This second module focuses on self-awareness. In these workshops we reveal that, although uncomfortable, awareness results in conscious decisions and more opportunities.
We show the students how to take personal responsibility for raising their awareness so that they can own their choices.
The third module focuses on communication. Paired with identity and awareness, communication skills foster healthy interdependent relationships and improve self efficacy.
In these workshops we share our greatest secret - seeking to understand instead of trying to be understood gets you closer to the things you want.
We highlight the difference between reacting and responding, encouraging students to stay open.
Rejection is a certain part of life. Staying open despite rejection turns failure into progress!
Each WAY TO BE session is designed to work with your school bell times where possible (45 mins to 1 hr).
The content is appropriate for all students in grade 7 through12 and is curriculum aligned accordingly.
Contact us below for our most recent availability.
Please note, the keynote and workshop for each stage are best delivered within a week of each other.
The Information workshop is designed to be delivered to groups of up to 300 students at a time.
The Application workshop is designed to be delivered to a standard sized class of 25-35 students.
The program is designed as a series and is best delivered in order; however, it can be booked as whole program, a single stage, or individual session as a stand alone one-off experience.
To maximise the program’s reach we have a minimum of 2 workshops per day.
Facilitators will bring their own equipment and only require a space with adequate seating, and a surface to project onto. Students will need to bring a notepad and pen to every session.
Lucy has been working as a Facilitator in school based programs for almost 10 years. She has represented some of Australia's largest brands in classrooms across the country and is renowned amongst her peers as an entertaining, relatable, and impactful presenter. Lucy is passionate about supporting youth to make informed decisions to build meaningful lives and to date has worked with countless primary and secondary students on essential skills and practices. Lucy has expertise is financial literacy, digital safety and online presence, sexuality, self efficacy and personal development.
Lucy has worked with, and been trained by, some of Australia's most well known, and world class presenters. She is considered a leader in her field and receives exclusively positive feedback from each and every school or organisation she partners with. Students adore Lucy's energy and teachers appreciate her open and honest approach to the important topics she takes into schools.
Chantelle is the Founder and Director of Think Sideways, the creators of the WAY TO BE Program and has been working in behaviour related fields since 2003. Chantelle is known as a highly skilled Facilitator, content creator and impactful educator with an ability to connect and influence students of all ages.
Prior to founding Think Sideways, Chantelle contributed to the development of the world’s largest financial literacy program on behalf of the Commonwealth Bank Foundation - Start Smart. She was an integral part of the creation of the original secondary school workshops and delivered thousands of workshops to hundreds of thousands of students in her years working on the program.
Chantelle has also worked with Groups such as Karrikins and now Ernst and Young in the instructional design of programs such as, Digital Ignition | Mapura Matihiko for the Ministry of Education in New Zealand, and the Affordable Cars for Employment (ACE) pilot for the Brothers of St Laurence' Saver Plus service.
WAY TO BE is written, researched and delivered by a team with years of experience in behaviour change, instructional design, and facilitation. Each stage aims to create lasting change by connecting every learning to the personal lives of the students.
Our team will show your students how personal responsibility can be motivating and provide opportunities.
Way To Be is the resilience and self efficacy program you have been searching for!