The beginning of the adolescent’s physical, emotional, social, and intellectual growth brings with it a difficult adjustment period. These young teens need resources to help them cope with the tough issues they will face as the influence of their peers becomes greater and their need for adult approval diminishes. They need to be able to look within themselves for the right answers when faced with tough issues, and, perhaps, having to make life-changing decisions. Many adolescents have family stresses, relationships with deviant peers, feel a sense of social alienation from their schools, and have self-esteem issues. Any of these negative factors can influence adolescents to make poor decisions and pursue ill-fated actions. And yet, the adolescent years are critical in setting the course for subsequent life success.
AST’s basic The 7 Fundamentals of Mental Fitness™ program is one resource for adolescents. The 7 Fundamentals are the cornerstone upon which young teens can raise their self-esteem, become aware of their talents and abilities, and gain confidence in making the tough, and yet right, decisions.