This is a fun-packed, 2-day event run by the brand new Genius School. The event is designed as a transformational experience for teenagers. The young people will learn what makes them unique. They will identify their talents based on the TDYP profile test, and see how the different profiles align with different learning strategies. They will explore their passions start to uncover their purpose, and expand their understanding of what’s possible in their lives.
The presentations and activities will focus on life skills beyond what is generally covered in school. They will learn what it takes to have an entrepreneurial mindset and explore current trends in the job market. An overview of the content is given below.
Parents/caregivers will be invited to a family session to learn about the eight Genius profiles and become better equipped to support their teenager after the course.
Day 1: ‘Showing Up’
On day 1 we focus on each participant getting to discover who they are.
1.Each young person identifies their Genius profile using the Talent Dynamics for Young People test. Key messages include:
- Everyone is a ‘genius’ (but don’t judge a fish by his ability to climb a tree)
- Importance of knowing yourself, your unique talents and strengths
- We all think act, live and learn differently
- It is through our differences not our similarities that we have the most value to add to others
- If you don’t know who you are, how can you possibly know what you want to be.
2.Participants do an activity to experience how their different genius types can contribute in a team.
3.We introduce concept and importance of flow – i.e. importance of doing what you love, following natural talents, focus on strengths, not weaknesses, and the measure of success being wealth in all areas of your life.
4.The participants do a passion test to see what they are most passionate about.
5.We explore how we each learn differently and the importance of resilience.
6.We look at the stages of development in the teenage brain.
7.Finally to end day one we look at practices of mindfulness to reduce stress and take time to reflect.
Day 2: ‘Stepping Up’ and ‘Giving Back’
1.We explore the importance of mindset and how to start each day with gratitude.
2.We look at the UN’s sustainable goals and each participant identifies which purpose they most relate to.
3.We talk about what it takes to be an entrepreneur, or to be entrepreneurial within a job.
4.We explore current and future trends and discuss impact on jobs.
5.In groups of mixed genius types, the participants complete an enterprise activity culminating in a ‘Dragon’s Den style’ presentation where they present a solution to one of the UN goals, either globally or locally.
6.Participants create their goals for the next year taking into account their strengths, passions and purpose and share with others in the room.
Note: Each day starts at 9am and finishes at 4.30pm. There is no overnight accommodation.