Youth Options offer 1:1 and group Outdoor Learning Programmes that support young people who are struggling to engage with mainstream education to improve their confidence, increase their self-esteem, and engage with education.
Outdoor Learning allows children and young people the opportunity to engage with learning and try new skills outside of a traditional classroom environment. Each activity will enable them to try something new, encourage them to challenge themselves and realise that they are capable of more than they thought. As a result, they will have a better attitude to all areas of their life and feel more optimistic about learning.
The activities we run directly link to many of the subjects taught on the curriculum, however activities will be delivered with a more practical focus in an outdoor environment. There will be opportunities to take part in a range of activities including, but not limited to: building dens, campfire cookery, Kelly Kettles, woodworking, art, games, stories, seasonal activities and much more. We also offer the opportunity to achieve certifications and accreditations depending on length of engagement.
In many cases, by removing the pressure to achieve, removing class competition and giving young people the freedom to set their own goals, they are not only happier and better at working in a team, but they are more able and willing to adapt these skills and engage with traditional learning.
Sessions are run either at Youth Options' sites or at schools. Each program is built around the aims of the school and the needs and interests of the young people involved.