Needs of our Teenagers

Those from the younger generation who come to REMAR asking for help usually fall into one of the following categories:

-Homeless young people from broken families.
-Young abandoned people.
-Young people with drug problems.
-Young people with no schooling, a low level of education or a low level of qualification.
-Young people with problems of social integration (marginalization, crime, gang membership, etc.)
-Young people with health deficiencies that compromise their future development.

When these young people arrive they come with problems of spiritual and psychological trauma, as evidenced by their insecurity, fear, nightmares, interrupted sleep, depression, lack of communication, problems of coexistence, difficulty in accepting rules, etc.

Malnutrition, lack of access to healthcare facilities and education also aggravate the problems of many of the children and adolescents who come to our homes. Unhygienic living conditions and a lack of access to drinking water, healthcare or medicines exacerbate the situation, often leading eventually to different diseases, such as tetanus, measles, pneumonia, meningitis, malaria, anaemia, etc. that put at serious risk the lives of these children and young people.

Teenagers contribute to society in many influential ways. They can publish newspapers and magazines, run businesses and act as leaders in schools and communities. Some already are responsible for a household, whilst others care for younger brothers and sisters or ailing parents. Many work long hours in factories and on the fields.

Full of vitality, inquisitiveness and high spirits, young people have the potential to help the world to progress. They can educate other young people of their own age concerning the challenges of life and the dangers of irresponsible behaviour: they can teach how to protect oneself from diseases such as HIV / AIDS; they can help others like themselves to break out of the cycles of violence and discrimination.

REMAR works with and for adolescents to help engage them in positive activity. When the young people prosper, the whole community also prospers.

Getting positive results amongst adolescents is not possible without understanding the context in which they find themselves, including their social environment, their relationships and the opportunities available to them. Young people need a stable base, where they can feel they belong and where they can feel safe.

Recent research has shown the positive effect upon health and behaviour of a good "connection" between school and home. A quality, sustained relationship between parent and teenager and also between the young student and the teachers who show personal interest, is amongst the fundamental "protective factors" which are of great importance. Young people also need access to appropriate care and basic services, which need to be affordable and, if necessary, confidential.

A high quality of education and training is essential. Adolescents need experiences that constitute a challenge and that are sufficiently varied and intense. They need opportunities for real participation and involvement in a variety of aspects of community life.

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