Welcome To The November Issue Of Our PALS Programme Blog
Wow October and November were extremely busy months for PALS Programme with lots of exciting activities going on.
We enjoyed a brief rest and catch up over mid-term break and hope you all enjoyed the time off.
PALS 4 Week Programme For Leaving Cert Applied 6th year students – October 2015
We are delighted we got to return to Ratoath College again in October to meet up with the current 6th Year students who we met last year.
We love the opportunity to re connect with students as they move through the academic years in school. We get the chance to observe growth and maturity while also hearing about how PALS Programme may have impacted on them positively over the last year.
One of our core aims in PALS is to build continuity within a school where we get to meet students in First Year, then in exam years and if they do Transition Year we have the opportunity to spend 4 weeks with the students.
This allows areas of measured growth in the personal development and life skills aspect of a students’ time in second level education.
Within our 6th year programme we have added a new module which focuses on helping to prepare students for work experience, interview skills and CV prep.
We feel when students can build their self-confidence, resilience and self-belief through developing their positive communication skills they are in a better position to secure either work experience and/or part time employment.
We are looking forward to hearing how the students get on this week at their work experience!
Some feedback from the students
– I enjoyed listening to the presentations, I liked all the positivity that Bee brought to the class every week.
– I enjoyed the positivity and Bee was very nice and she made the classes fun and interesting.
She made me feel good about myself. I would recommend this programme to people of all ages
– The enthusiasm and energy
– I enjoyed the positivity and how nice Bee is. She helped us with our work experience and explained PALS in a fun way. Thank you
December 2015 – TY Workshop in Ratoath College
We are looking forward to meeting this years TY Students in Ratoath College. We are introducing a new concept for this years TY’s as their modules have changed.
We will now deliver a two part programme consisting of two workshops – part one in December and part two in the New Year. We are very excited about meeting the four groups of TY students next week.
BELL TIME MAGAZINE
We are delighted with our fantastic feature in the Autumn/Winter edition of BellTime Magazine which will be delivered to all secondary schools around the country during November.
This is a great opportunity for PALS to reach a wider audience and connect with schools nationwide.
Rachel and her fantastic team at Bell Media are a pleasure to engage with and they provide a fantastic comprehensive magazine covering lots of interesting aspects for both students and teachers in their magazine.
If you would like to check out our feature and their online magazine then just log onto www.belltimemagazine.ie
Thank you again to the super team at Bell Media!
Academic Year 2015-2016 PALS Programme Structure
Would you like PALS Programme in your school?
Contact us for more information and we will be happy to discuss all the options available to you including costs and diary availability.
Secondary School Programmes
PALS Programme for TY Students – 4 week Programme
PALS Programme for 5th and 6th Year LCA Students – 4 week Programme
PALS Programme for 1st Year Students – Workshop
PALS Programme for Student Mentors/ Leadership – Workshop
PALS Programme for Exam Students – Workshop
PALS Programme for Teachers – Workshop
All our standard PALS Programmes are adaptable to individual school needs so if you would like a PALS Programme specific to your year group then please contact us.
PALS Programme for 6th Class Students – Workshop
PALS Programme for 5th Class Students – Workshop
PALS Programme for Teachers – Workshop
Third Level Education
We are very excited about moving forward and expanding PALS Programme into third level education especially for first year students in college.
We are developing a programme at the moment and plan to launch it for 2015/2016 students.
If you are a lecturer or student in third level and you would like more information please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
PALS Programme and Meath Enterprise Week
We were delighted to be asked by Meath Enterprise to deliver a PALS Programme Seminar during Meath Enterprise Week.
Our seminar on ‘ How To Be An Effective Entrepreneur’ focused on the positive assertive ethos of our PALS Programme – looking at positive communication, personal and professional development and mindfulness in business.
We got to chat with Irish TV about our schools programme and we look forward to seeing the programme air on TV soon.
PALS Career Coaching Programme For Teenagers and Young Adults – continues to go from strength to strength!
Here is a lovely testimonial from a client who recently did the PALS Career Coaching Programme.
“I am delighted to say I attended two interviews recently and was offered both jobs after completing the PALS Career Coaching Programme with Bee. My confidence is growing every day and I feel happier in general in all areas of my life. My family have even noticed it. Time with Bee helped me focus on my strengths and qualities, even though I am only 19, I now know I have a lot to offer an employer. I have decided to continue sessions with PALS One to One focusing on my plans for college and increasing my network of friends. I feel less shy and ready to approach social activities in a more positive and confident way. Thank you so much Bee.” David, Student.
This programme helps teenagers and young adults on the beginning of their career journey whether they are looking for a part-time weekend job or ready to embark on full-time employment.
The programme runs over three one hour sessions to help with all the preparation needed to get onto the career ladder.
The first session focuses on CV preparation. A full tailored CV will make all the difference and will secure an interview for the student. The second session consists of interview preparation looking at areas of positive communication, confidence and an ability to promote the best of yourself. The final session will focus on post interview analysis allowing feedback and a plan of action going forward. The success rate of job offers for students is gaining momentum and we are really happy with the results to date!
Another First For PALS Programme
PALS Programme For Parents
We are delighted to say we are now extending our PALS Programme for parents of preteens, teenagers and young adults.
In January 2016 we will launch the PALS Programme for Parents with an afternoon introductory workshop with a view to delivering a 6 week course.
This programme will focus on positive communication for parents especially around the areas of challenges or difficulties.
Being a parent isn’t easy no matter what stage your children are at however preteens and teenagers bring about a different view of parenting and having the skills and positive attitude to manage this can be hugely beneficial.
How do we stay positive and assertive when under pressure and feeling worn-out?
How do we stay happy and fun loving while remaining assertive?
How do we put ourselves first so we can manage stress positively?
If you would like to know more about this programme or you would like to join the mailing list for PALS Programme for Parents please email us on email@example.com
PALS Programme Workshops For Teenagers
Watch this space!
We have had several enquiries from parents about possible workshops for teenagers who may not have PALS Programme in their school but they would like to understand a little about how they could use it in their day to day life.
We are working on a two part workshop for teenagers from the ages of 14-18 years which they can attend on a Saturday.
More details to come in early 2016!!!
PALS Programme Interview Preparation Coaching
Do you have an interview coming up?
A good CV will get you the interview but you will get yourself the job!
Being prepared and confident when attending an interview is immediately noticed by the interviewer and connecting on a personal level from the beginning can really help in securing your new role.
Interview Prep Coaching will help you focus on your self-belief, your confidence and will give you the ability to put yourself forward in the best possible way.
This coaching takes about 90 minutes and well worth the investment as the success rate of securing a new job is extremely high.
In the three months we got feedback from the 9 clients who came for Interview Prep Coaching to say they secured the job!
We are super happy with these results and wish all our clients every success in their new careers!
One to One PALS Programme for Teenagers and Young Adults Continues To Grow
We are so happy to see the awareness and understanding of our PALS one to one programme growing with parents and guardians. HQ is receiving several calls a week from parents enquiring about how PALS may help their teenagers or young adults.
PALS Programme has been designed to focus on many areas where challenges are faced.
The programme is adaptable to individuals and groups and will focus on bringing about positive changes in many areas. Sometimes a challenge which seems small and insignificant to an adult can actually be very overwhelming to a 12 or 13 year teenager. Often the process of taking time out to look at positive experiences, strengths and attributes, can often help a teenager focus on all their good skills and in doing so they feel confident to grow and progress in other areas which they find more challenging. Often the very act of taking time out to review our progress and development can be just the very activity which is needed to bring about positive changes in our lives. This one small change can have a very positive knock on effect and bring about big changes in several areas including school, social skills and general mental health and well-being.
We have seen huge positive results almost immediately with our one to one clients. The sessions are tailored to the client and therefore can focus on the core areas of concern. Many students feel such a positive impact on their day to day lives that they want to continue maintaining this well into the future.
Sessions are delivered over 3, 6 or 9 sessions depending on the needs of the teenager or young adult. The process of the weekly or fortnightly sessions allows time for the student to introduce new habits and complete the weekly action plan.
All in all the overall result is very very positive!
Recently we have seen an increase with difficulties around managing anxiety and panic.
Using the core principals of our PALS Pyramid we are finding that our clients are coping better with an understanding of how their thoughts are connecting to their feelings and by remember to change their challenging thoughts into positive thoughts they see an improvement in how they feel which in turn leads to more positive and proactive actions.
If you would like to know more about how our PALS Pyramid might help you or your child with any areas of concern, worry or anxiety then please contact us via email or call 086 8094924.
Big congrats to all our one to one clients who have embraced the PALS Programme both positively and proactively.
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Have a super month.