Resilience Network Institute(RNI)  (registered as a Not for Profit Company-2013/070114/08)

The context behind the Resilience Network Programme

The idea of the Resilience Network Programme came as a result of lessons learnt from the founder’s research. In that study, it was found that there is a positive way of looking at youth challenges namely, abandoning all self-fulfilling labels and rather using a term that encourages them to behave better such as “youth at promise” as coined by a Dr Waln Brown (1983).

Youth at promise refers to youth whose behaviour remains exemplary despite environmental challenges. In planning the programme it was decided to focus attention on assisting youth to firstly identify their own resilience and learn tools to maintain it in a supportive network. RNI targets the transitioning learners from General Education and Training Band (GET) (grades 7-9) to Further Education and Training (FET) (grades 10-12). The focus is on grades 9 and 10.

The Resilience program is convinced based on the testimonies of their alumni whom some are presently university students mentoring incoming mentees, namely that once you identify and understand your own resilience, it becomes possible for a young person to envision the hard work of stepping into your future goals.This is made possible through informed choices in your present grade to a future realisation of your career dream. RNI embraces “your dream is possible.” The program is spread over a period of ten months so that learners can reflect on the intended lessons.The program trajectory that young people are placed on leads to discussion about ones’ actions and the consequences thereof. The message is to delay becoming an adult before your time and focus on age appropriate behaviour.This message is delivered all along the sessions and culminates with an overnight workshop at a hotel on the prevention of gender violence and behaviour linked to it.
The RNI facebook page offers a daily resilience message

Objectives

  • Encourage mentees to identify and understand their own resilience and the maintenance of supportive behaviour thereof.
  • To foster hope through a network of resilience.
  • Provide mentees with tools to develop their own vision for a career choice.