Building on SERES’ award-winning leadership curriculum, SERES’ Youth Transform project will engage and empower young people such as Kesler from the impacted area (pictured left) to play a key role in designing and implementing community projects for the transitional shelter camps as well as their new homes. The curriculum will be tailored for the specific context of youth living in transitional shelter camps, including methods designed to help young trauma survivors develop the tools to overcome their trauma and lead healthy, productive lives.
The program will consist of monthly workshops held within the camp(s), as well as a 5-day off-site retreat. Participants will also be integrated into the wider SERES youth leaders’ community, and invited to participate in other SERES programs such as the annual Youth Sustainability Summit. During the program, participants will be supported to work on Personal and Community Resilience Action Plans. These action plans use a project-based learning methodology to help participants develop hard and soft skills, as well as building personal resilience and strengthening their connection to place and community.