Mo­ti­va­tion work­shop acts as launch­ing pad

North Coast Weekender - - Opinion -

GOAL set­ting, teamwork and build­ing on strengths were key fo­cuses for Sor­rento students last month.

Al­pha Mo­ti­va­tion held two work­shops for Year 11 students at Sa­cred Heart Col­lege.

David Caste­lanelli is an 18year-old univer­sity stu­dent who re­cently founded Al­pha Mo­ti­va­tion to em­power high school students to set their goals higher.

He said as young peo­ple con­tin­ued to be im­mersed in tech­nol­ogy, he found high school students strug­gling to de­velop “soft skills”, such as mo­ti­va­tion, time man­age­ment and re­silience.

The mo­ti­va­tion work­shops con­sist of in­ter­ac­tive games as well as writ­ten ac­tiv­i­ties, aim­ing to find a bal­ance be­tween hav­ing fun and teach­ing lessons.

They also aim to give students con­fi­dence to en­gage in ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties, both in and out­side of their school.

“Some students feel com­pelled to join a sport­ing team, whilst other students make larger changes like de­cid­ing to seek out an ap­pren­tice­ship or nom­i­nate for a lead­er­ship po­si­tion,” Mr Caste­lanelli said.

“It is im­por­tant for students to go above and be­yond if they want to im­press em­ploy­ers or uni­ver­si­ties once grad­u­at­ing. It is dif­fi­cult to get a job based on your aca­demic mark alone.”

With speak­ers aged 18 to 20, the com­pany’s motto is ‘run by young peo­ple for young peo­ple’.

Mr Caste­lanelli said this meant they were knowl­edge­able and in­formed on the is­sues their high school au­di­ences faced.

“Students are more will­ing to un­der­stand and ab­sorb our messages,” he said.

“As they hear of other young peo­ple achiev­ing great goals, they feel their own goals be­come more re­al­is­tic and at­tain­able.”

This year, Al­pha Mo­ti­va­tion will work with more than 30 schools in WA, speak­ing to over 10,000 students, in­clud­ing Duncraig Se­nior High School and Kingsway Chris­tian, Wood­vale Sec­ondary and Irene McCor­mack Catholic col­leges.

It is also plans to ex­pand into primary schools to run work­shops for Year 6 students, pre­par­ing them for high school.

Picture: Martin Ken­nealey www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d466599

Al­pha Mo­ti­va­tion founder David Caste­lanelli speak­ing to students at Sa­cred Heart Col­lege.

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