Thanks to Grace Bryan who volunteered at the Rocking Ur Teens Girls conference on the 12th March, 2019 for this inspiring article.
The rhetoric pervades us in the modern age, it bombards us
and devours us: our teenagers are told; ‘be the best version of yourself’ – Live your best
But what does it all really mean?
Forget the hype, forget the fad what our teens need is knowledge,
skills and the attitude to propel them into the future, to give them a fighting
chance to pursue and fulfil their aspirations.
When I refer to knowledge, I am including more than academic
knowledge, I am promoting an understanding of the world, how it works, people
and personalities in it and the systems that bring it all together. I am
advocating knowledge that cannot be taught and tested by exams, but experiences
of life through experiences and analysis of them through. Thinking about social
issues through debates and discussions, case studies and scenarios – promoting
thinking outside of the box, using initiative, being resourceful, looking for
solutions and resolutions to life challenges.
Rocking Ur Teens conferences offer young women opportunities to engage
with and hear the stories of women who have achieved despite challenges. The
narrative of overcoming and perseverance are presented in engaging and
Emanating from this I am promoting the development of
life/soft skills such as understanding, diplomacy, acceptance of diversity and
differences. public speaking and negotiating skills. Additional skills
promoting confidence, public speaking and competence in new and varied arenas
e.g horse riding, dance, music, acting etc. At the conference the delegates are
encouraged to interact, ask questions, problem solve and be a part of the
activities which promote learning.
The most important area of education is …….. the right
attitude. Openness to learning and growing, being positive and willing to
explore new avenues of growth and personal development.
‘Living your best life’ for young people (for us all) should
include; a formal education, the development if life skills and a positive
attitude to all that life holds!!
‘Being the best version of yourself’ is being inspired to grow and constant growth, Rocking Ur Teens facilitates the process.