The Teen Compass
 

Teen Programs & Resources


Under The Teen Compass are two resources both designed for use in schools and non-profits, The Teen Compass and Teen Compass Wellness Circles. The materials provide a private place for teens to assess their wellness in eight, interconnected areas. 

They help them learn about what they can do in each area to create more health and wellness in their lives, decide what changes they would like to make, answer reflective questions, and have a place to examine their own choices. When used in a group setting, opportunities become available for teens to discuss challenges in being well in each area, and to brainstorm ways to overcome those obstacles. Stresses are normalized and community is created.


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The Teen Compass Wellness Notebook:

We know that today’s teens face a myriad of stresses and that many face considerable challenges in their homes, neighborhoods, and at school.  With that in mind, this notebook has been created to help young people see who all areas of their lives are interconnected, have a safe place to talk about life, and to empower them to make healthy choices, choices that might make a big difference in how the beginning of their adult life will look. These young people have been sitting in the back seat of the cars of their life up until now, but now they are taking the wheel. Now they get to decide where to go. 

With that in mind this full-color 114-page notebook provides a private place for teens to assess their own wellbeing in eight, interconnected areas of wellness: Handling Emotions, Relationships, Care of the Body, Stress Resilience, Rest and Play, Spirituality, Organization, and School and Work.

It also helps them learn about:

  • What they can do in each area to create more health and wellness in their lives

  • Decide what changes they would like to make to become more healthy

  • Answer reflective questions about the decisions they are making everyday

  • Journaling & reflection

This beautiful notebook which is designed for classroom or larger group gatherings of teens is meant to promote self awareness, help teens realize that the choices they make each day are the building blocks of their adult lives, and to empower them to make informed decisions that are in their long-term best interests.

When used in a group setting with a trusted adult, opportunities are created for teens to discuss challenges in being well in each area, to brainstorm ways to overcome those obstacles, and create SMART Goals for themselves. Stresses are normalized and authentic community is created.

Teens also learn that if they have a concern in their life there are adults who can help them. They also identify who those adults are for themselves.

It is advised that each teen have a copy of this notebook when used in a group setting.

This notebook is being used by teachers, tutors, school psychologists, youth development workers, therapists, counselors, after school programs, and camps.  It is appropriate for students in the 8th grade and above. 

We have also created other materials specifically designed for hosting small groups of teens in what we call Teen Wellness Circles.  


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The Teen Compass Wellness Notebook Leader Guide:

Leading a group of teens on a journey of self exploration and discovery is a privilege. Many young people report that much of their time at school and in the world is spent listening to others and then trying to please the adults in their lives. This resource is different as it helps teens listen to themselves and reflect upon aspects of their lives they may have never thought about. This is all about them and you get to be a part of the journey.

Everything a leader or teacher needs in order to lead a group using The Teen Compass Wellness Notebook can be found in this 74-page, 8 1/2″ x 11″ guide.  

The curriculum is organized into eight units, each unit taking an in-depth look at one of eight areas of wellness in a teen’s life.

Each unit contains three lessons in which teens and their adult leaders:

  • Examine their lives by first by taking a self-assessment designed just for teens

  • Discuss why wellness might be challenging in that area and what people do to grow wellness in that area of their life

  • And deciding on goals and NEXT Steps needed for making improvements in that area.

This resource, above all, encourages discussion about the very real challenges teens face in the 21st century, and helps them see the power they have to make healthy decisions each day.


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SMART Goals Worksheet:

A journey toward healthy living happens one step at a time. Research shows that to maximize a teen’s chances for making positive healthy changes, they need to identify for themselves the changes they want to make,  break those changes into concrete steps. And then they need to share their goals with at least one other person.  This form is found within the Teen Compass Wellness Notebook. Please feel free to download additional copies of this page if needed.

A SMART goal will help teens identify the small actions they are ready to take.

Here’s how.

Once they’ve shaded in their scores from the self-assessments on their Teen Compass, they will be invited to identify one thing they can commit to doing that could improve their score.

To help them, we’ve included a section in each Unit for teens to write down a SMART goal, obstacles and solutions.

 

CHARACTERISTICS OF SMART GOALS AND HOW TO CREATE YOUR OWN:

  • S - Specific
    For example: I will walk for 30 minutes three days this week vs. I need to start getting some exercise.

  • M - Measurable and observable
    For example: Thirty minutes each time.

  • A - Achievable
    For example: I will do this for two weeks and then evaluate. vs. I will do this for a year.

  • R - Relevant
    For example: Exercise is something I really care about and I feel strongly will make a
    difference in my life.

  • T - Time Sensitive
    For example: I will start this on Friday


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Teen Wellness Circle Program Workbook:

Some teens may want to be part of an intentional small group of their peers who want to have less stress in their life, get out of a rut they are in, or just want to create a happier life. A group gathered around this resource would be for them.

Teen Wellness Circles are made up of 6-8 committed teens who want to be more intentional about their life choices and to reduce stress in their life. This six-session wellness program helps teens design the changes they are ready and excited to make to enhance their own well-being, and to reduce stress, all under the guidance of a trained facilitator. 

In a Teen Wellness Circle self selected participants gather with a facilitator to:

  • Assess their own wellness by using an inventory specifically created for teens

  • Discuss important lessons about change

  • Support each other as they work on NEXT Steps.

  • Share the joys and challenges of being a teen today

  • Build community

When participating in a Teen Wellness Circle each teen needs a workbook entitled Teen Wellness Circle Program Workbook where they will find the Teen Wellness Compass Inventory, lessons related to change, pages to record NEXT Steps, and space to write. 


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Teen Wellness Circle Program Workbook Facilitator Guide:

Leading a small group of teens on a journey of self exploration and discovery is a privilege. Many young people report that much of their time at school and in the world is spent listening to others and then trying to please the adults in their lives. This resource is different as it helps them listen to themselves and reflect upon aspects of their lives they may have never thought about. Teen Wellness Circles are for that group of teens who could benefit from a smaller group, and would like some extra support in making some changes in their lives. This facilitator guide contains all you need to run such a group.

Teen Wellness Circles are six session groups run by facilitators who use this facilitator guide.  The facilitator will find guidelines for leading the group, tips for leading meaningful group discussions based on Motivational Interviewing, as well as discussion questions. and guidelines for leading the group. This facilitator guide is a book to refer back to, and a companion as you lead the groups.

A Teen Wellness Circle Program Workbook is needed by the facilitator as a companion to the facilitator guide and one is needed for each group member.