Contact is made with students on a weekly basis in senior and primary schools in small groups and mentoring sessions. JAC teams work either in small groups or on a one-to-one basis depending on the needs of the young people. The Emotional Literacy Programme covers various topics including bullying, self-esteem, anger management and substance abuse, allowing the group to share their feelings as well as listen to others. In the one-to-one sessions students learn to build trust in their mentor enabling them to talk about more personal things such as relationships, parents, fears, sex, etc.
- “The JAC team give us good advice and help us out a lot.”
- “I’ve learned to listen to people and not judge them before I get to know them.”
- “JAC has really helped me with my anger problem.”
- “I would like to do JAC again, because it made me realise what I do to upset people and what I can do to improve.”
At the end of the Emotional Literacy Programme, students have the option to continue seeing the JAC team in small groups or meeting on a one-to-one basis in a neutral environment.