Names in this case study have been altered for the sake of anonymity.
Macca was referred into our Raising Aspirations Programme (RAP) through his school. The school Macca attended are specialists in supporting behaviour with students who have a diagnosed learning difficulty and or disability.
Macca was referred to Positive Youth Foundation as the school wanted him to be supported with his personal development. During his first few weeks with us, his behaviour was challenging and his relationship with PYF staff members was poor.
Macca rarely engaged in classroom activities and during one of the classes he actually ripped up his workbook as he was adamant he did not want to engage in the work he had been set. Instead, stating his intention to be as disruptive as he possibly could. This behaviour was replicated outside of the classroom, as even when the tutors tried a different approach and made the activities more practical, he still refused to engage. Macca would also find himself engaging in dangerous activities such as climbing the building in which our RAP sessions take place.
As the weeks went on, PYF staff members eventually built up a relationship with Macca, resulting in him starting to engage in a more positive and constructive way during his time on the RAP programme. The change in Macca’s attitude towards his time at PYF was such that the PYF staff members found themselves praising Macca on a regular basis which seemed to have a positive effect.
Macca’s confidence was also lifted during these weeks and he actively engaged in classroom discussions and took pride in completing his work to a higher standard.
Even though the whole purpose of RAP is to change young people’s minds and perceptions towards their work and take them on a personal development journey, it is rare that you see a change in such a short time and a change that was actually initiated by the student themselves.
Well Done Macca!!!