In Search of Me Cafe founder presents teen life skills program to the Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise
Amelia Island, FL – The Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise welcomed In Search of Me Cafe‘s Founder/Director Stan Cottle to speak about the innovative self-help program. The mission of the program is to deliver helpful life skills information to teens so they can become productive members of society.
The project, In Search of Me Cafe (ISOMC), is an interactive, self-help life skills program where teens can explore such topics as bullying and peer pressure. They can share ideas with other teens from around the world through the website and the website’s forums, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube channels. Peer-to-peer communication throughout the website is essential to attracting and engaging teens.
In addition to the website, ISOMC has established a physical ISOMC teen room at the Miller Freedom Center Boys & Girls Club in Yulee, Florida. In this beta site, Deb Ward, staff teen director, delivers a curriculum-based ISOMC program. She facilitates discussion of a particular topic, by first screening an episode of the ISOMC web video series about the chosen subject. Then, teens cluster in smaller groups to discuss and research possible solutions via the ISOMC website. Articles, videos, interviews, hyperlinks and many more options are available to help them and their peers find answers.
The first quarter of the ISOMC beta site program has yielded positive results: active teen participation increased by 200% at the Cafe. Plans are underway to implement this program at the new Fernandina Beach Boys & Girls Club through a grant from the Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise. Several other locations are pending nationwide.
“Research indicates teens listen to each other more than all other sources. We want to ensure they are communicating verified, helpful life skills information,” says Cottle. “The In Search of Me Cafe program has been successful in helping teens help themselves.” To learn more about the non-profit, go to www.insearchofmecafe.org.