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.

At the end of the programme, students are encouraged to share some feedback and feelings about their sessions with JAC.  Some comments are as follows:
  • “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.