The Respect Project is a 10-week early intervention programme, working through local schools to engage with Year 9 students aged 13-14 years old.
The programme is designed to help young people to increase their ability to deal with life’s problems; overall becoming more resilient.
The Respect Project helps participants to view crisis situations in a less daunting way by re-framing adversities. Both beneficial and damaging effects of actions are recognised and the young people are taught to set reasonable and manageable goals to deal with problems. A series of challenges and coping strategies develop positive self-esteem and self-confidence.
The Respect Project takes place over a four month period, during term time. Young people on the programme will engage with outdoor activities for part of the programme, followed by a week-long residential. All elements take place away from the school setting and are delivered by fully vetted and trained youth workers.
The Respect Project is part of a national collaboration funded by the Youth Endowment Fund and led by Essex Boys and Girls Clubs, working with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Manchester; Boys and Girls Clubs of South Yorkshire; Boys’ and Girls Clubs of Wales; Lancashire Association of Boys and Girls Clubs, and Young Bristol.