Poster Presentation 6th World Congress on Positive Psychology 2019

Hope Labs:  Taking a Systems Approach to Adolescent Thriving (#558)

Rachel Colla 1
  1. University of Melbourne, The University Of Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Students face many challenges as they prepare to leave school and transition to further study or work, including a rapidly changing world.  Developing a strong sense of identity and purpose can be an important protective factor.  However, for many, the search for meaning is pulling them apart rather than leading them to a sense of hope.  This calls for a more innovative approach in helping our young people navigate this transition.  This session will outline the key strategies and results of a pilot program that was delivered to Year 10 students to develop 21st century values and skills through project-based learning.  The program is based on an extended model of hope theory from a dynamic systems approach; and utilises best practice from neuroscience, design thinking, wellbeing science and systems thinking.  This eco-system approach has shown promising results in guiding students to develop a sense of belonging and contribution to their community through the development of awareness, empathy, insight and purpose.