Streetwise Signature Strength

Posted by on May 20, 2013 in Blog, Empower, Encourage, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Shaba

Shaba

One of the threee E’s of our mission statement is “encourage”..In that effort, we have been working on teaching the g.a.p. kids abut resilience and the characteristics that build it. Each of our kids has a signature strength and those strengths are repeated and woven into other aspects of our program. In the financial literacy portion of our program, each kid was given a notebook to record their monthly spending. On the inside cover of each notebook along with the participants name is their signature strength. Sometimes signature strengths are developed from the experience of transcending hardship. For example, Shaba is very streetwise. He needed this skill to survive being in the camp and the many losses he has encountered in his young life. That same characteristic helps him to be very sharp and aware of any possible threat to his safety or those who are around him. In a recent walk through the camp, I felt very safe with him because I knew that he would see things that I would never be aware of. I am sorry that he is so vigilant but I am also grateful that he protects our house and his g.a.p. family.