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Life-Skills facilitation at CAP Youth Empowerment Institute

CAP Youth Empowerment Institute integrates life skills training in its basic employability skills training of youth in all the centers it operates. The students at our centers are taken through life skills training as part of the course, and with time, they have learnt the impact of forming and maintaining peer groups among themselves. The peer groups are essential in for students in assisting each other in assignment and other class work, assisting each other in time of need (e.g. when sick) and checking on each other, and when they are working on assignment and during discussions.

In addition, they form focus group discussions in class, meant for working on assignments and to recap each day’s sessions, plan and go for field visits/field trips together, and occasionally use these opportunities to go for retreats, picnics, and outings as a way of creating cohesion and togetherness among the students. Furthermore, peer groups are used during company promotions to put into practice skills learnt in class while some use these groups to initiate merry-go-round weekly to raise moneys for each member at a time. There are special occasions when some of the groups are involved in environmental conservation, with some of the groups being involved in cleaning up their home compounds and areas within the center.

General Observations

  • As this was going on in class, there were some general observations that have been cited by the students as well as the facilitators in class. Some of the observations made as a result of the peer groups include:
  • Easy time for facilitators to administer group assignments since the peer group leaders carry the instructions carefully and correctly.
  • High sense of individual and collective responsibility.
  • Improved cleanliness and personal appearance (grooming) among the members
  • Improved punctuality and meeting deadlines
  • Improved team work among students.
  • Improvement on the savings culture, that has led to increase in the amount of savings from the group members
  • Increased bonding among the students
  • Increased cohesion in the class as members share their problems and feel part of a large family.
  • Nurturing of talent, especially through the talent shows in some of the centres
  • Some of the students were shy and lacked courage but there is a significant improvement and some of the members are now able to make presentations and/or demonstrations in class. The peer groups have contributed to improved self confidence among the members who can now face the class and talk confidently
  • The peer groups have contributed to improved self confidence among the members who can now face the class and talk confidently.
  • There has been a boost in the students’ self-esteem with confidence levels being boosted.
  • There have been improved interpersonal relationships. The members not only relate well with the members of their peer groups but as well as relating to other members of the other peer groups.
  • Working in groups is boosted and there is more cohesiveness



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