CSF2 classes help youth Take A Stand!

| December 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness
News Release

Army teens across the island of Oahu are learning the same resilience and performance skills as their parents while participating in the Youth Take a Stand program.

“I think it’s really important to tell an adult when you see a friend doing something that might hurt them or someone else,” said 12-year-old Vanessa at the Schofield Barracks Teen Center.

Take A STAND! logo

Take A STAND! logo

The program was designed to encourage teens to “Take A Stand” when it comes to substance abuse, sexual assault, suicide and safety.

Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness (CSF2) has teamed up with Adolescence Support and Counseling Services (ASACS) to deliver 10 courses throughout the year to adolescents at the teen centers on Fort Shafter, Aliamanu Military Reservation and Schofield Barracks.

“Our goal is to teach the teens that doing the right thing isn’t always easy, but the consequences of staying silent or ‘loyal’ to a friend may have a significantly negative impact on their life and on the lives of others,” said Karen Costello, master resilience trainer-performance expert (MRT-PE) with CSF2.

The courses include Building Confidence, Assertive Communication, Hunting the Good Stuff and Character Strengths, among others. The content is the same as what is being taught to Soldiers as part of their resilience training, but the delivery is much different.

“We’re providing more of a discussion-based format with interactive activities to really demonstrate the skills being taught,” said Annie Moody, MRT-PE at CSF2.

Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness (CSF2)

Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness (CSF2)

The 10-course series is being offered at each Teen Center installation, once a month, for one hour after school. ASACS and CSF2 prepare the lessons and activities to correspond with the topic of the month.

November was safety month, which included social media and situational awareness. ASACS presented valuable information on Internet safety, and CSF2 followed with a brief presentation on the power of your thoughts and how they drive your emotions and reactions.

“Most people believe that activating events produce our emotions and reactions when in reality it’s our interpretations or thoughts about the events that directly produce them. Often our thoughts are the only thing over which we have control,” explained Costello. “This skill brings greater awareness to the role our thoughts play, enabling more productive emotions and reactions.”

The skill of activating event-thought-consequence (ATC) is the foundation on which the CSF2 Resilience and Performance Programs are built.

CSF2 is providing the training in an effort to give teens useful skills that will enrich their communication, resilience and performance skills in their everyday lives.

“If we teach the teens the same skills as their parents, and the family can talk the same language and practice together, it could greatly enhance their cohesiveness and ability to weather obstacles as a unit,” said Moody. “We are so excited to be a part of this program.”

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