The Resiliency Through Gaming Project will bring video gaming and technology workshops to our participants in detention centers and on probation.
1.) Court-involved youth already feel a lack of agency over their lives, so traditional educational approaches are less impacftful
2.) Given the transient nature of detention programs, it can be difficult for youth to build relationships with each other and staff
3.) Our participants struggle to cope with a wide range of challenges including substance abuse, anger management, anxiety, depression and PTSD, but are not always comfortable seeking therapy
There is evidence that shows combining video gaming with cognitive-behavioral interventions can build resiliency, social skills and emotional management.
We need help in delivering this program to 50 youth in detention centers and for youth returning to the community.
1.) Engage youth with video game play, tournaments and video game design projects
2.) Connect gaming skills with life skills: fighting “Bad Guys” (negative behavior triggers), identifying “Power Ups” (positive behavior) and embarking on “Quests” (goal setting)
3.) Provide opportunities for youth interested in gaining additional media technology skills to participate in CCA’s workshops on animation, filmmaking and music production