You Can Do It! Education's (YCDI's) main purpose is to support communities, schools, and homes in a collective effort to optimise the social, emotional, and academic outcomes of all young people.
Its unique contribution is in identifying the social and emotional capabilities that all young people need to acquire in order to be successful in school, experience wellbeing, and have positive relationships including making contributions to others and the community.
You Can Do It! Education's mission
YCDI's focus is on building social, emotional, and motivational capacity of young people rather than on their problems and deficits. It encourages prevention, promotion, and intervention efforts (school, home and community) in order to build the social and emotional strengths of young people.
As a strength-building approach, YCDI also seeks to build the capabilities of adults (community, school, home) associated with positive outcomes in young people.
- positive, caring relationships with young people.
- providing for their safety, high expectations for achievement and behaviour.
- involving young people in decision-making.
- providing them with special responsibility.
- providing a igh quality academic program that provides young people with multiple opportunities for success.
YCDI sees the development of social and emotional capacity of 'at risk' and disadvantaged youth as a means to 'level the playing field.' However, it is clear that in order to change the developmental trajectory of young people with poor mental health (emotional, social and behavioral challenges) and learning outcomes and to accelerate their social and emotional development.
It is vital that schools, homes and communities be transformed so that the responsibility for supporting and educating, including quality social and emotional learning experiences and caring relationships, is shared throughout the community.
Fore more information, please visit the YCDI website.