Money alone is not enough
The money the teenagers earn with the sale of their cards will get them nowhere without a personal goal for the future which they believe in. Now that FairMail founder Janneke graduated as adolescents coach we started a new project called Mission Possible. During a shared 11-step program each teenager sets a personal goal and works on it, sharing each step in the group and taking their families and other supporters along in the process too.
The goals the FairMail teenagers chose are mostly educational goals, like getting into the National University, ending on first place in class on high school and getting admitted in a football academy. These are ambitious goals, for which you need confidence, persistence and some help along the way.
The power of a symbol
Each teenager chose a symbol to carry along with him or her as extra motivator and to remind them of the goal they set for themselves. The teenagers made the life size symbols in these pictures themselves. Each expressing what they want to achieve over the coming 12 months.
An important part of this project is about the teenagers becoming more aware of what they have achieved so far and which qualities they already have inside them. Qualities which they can use in reaching their goals. Another step is to think about possible setbacks and make a plan for when those setbacks might come along. They keep track of the progress they make and motivate each other in their challenges.
So far the results have been positive: we see their inner motivation grow and little by little also their self-confidence and trust that their goals become within reach, step by step!
You can follow their development by staying tuned into their personal profile pages on the FairMail website.