Why Try’s Ten Analogies
Unlock Youth Potential?

1. Reality Ride: Decision-making

Youth discover the profound impact of their decisions, understanding that each choice made today directly shapes their future. They grasp the power of choice in shaping their reality. Through this understanding, they learn to make decisions that lead them back on the right path, unlocking new opportunities, freedom of choice, and a sense of self-respect.

2. The Motivation Formula (TMF): Having a Resilient Mindset

TMF serves as the philosophical bedrock of the Why Try? Program, guiding youth to channel challenges into constructive motivation, directing their energy toward positive activities and outcomes. By first improving themselves and then extending a helping hand to others, they learn to escape their ‘flood zone’ and embark on a transformative journey towards a hopeful future, with a resilient mindset

3. Tearing Off Negative Labels: Positive Self-Esteem

Negative Labels can be from peers, teachers, parents and society. Youth learn to discard negative labels and embrace positive ones they wish to adopt. By changing their behaviour, focussing on strengths and positive goals they will unveil their authentic selves.

4. Defence Mechanisms: Emotional Regulation

Youth learn to recognize and manage their reactions to pressure situations. They realise they can master emotional composure and choose positive responses or defence mechanisms that promote well-being for themselves and others. This fosters emotional intelligence and leads to constructive conflict resolution outcomes.

5. Climbing Out: Peer influence & relationships

Youth learn to distinguish between true friends and those who drag them down. They recognize the impact of negative peer pressure that can hinder self-improvement, prompting them to break free from limiting environments. By choosing to ‘climb out of the pot’ and seeking support, they pave the way towards a future of self-fulfillment.”

6. Jumping the Hurdles: Problem-solving

Youth discover that setbacks are a part of life, but successful individuals always ‘jump back up’ and persist. They learn a valuable practical step-by-step problem-solving model, enabling them to stay solution-focused when encountering obstacles. This fosters resilience in the face of setbacks and failures, understanding that giving up is the only true defeat.

7. Desire, Time and Effort: Hard Work & Determination

Youth discover the value of directing their Desire, Time, and Effort towards positive goals. They understand that consistent, hard, and smart work, combined with learning from past mistakes, leads to rewarding outcomes. Merely relying on natural talents without sustained effort limits success. Dreams come true when fueled by strong Desire, dedicated Time, and persistent Effort.

8. Lift the Weight: Responsibility and expectations

Youth discover that cultivating self-discipline and embracing personal responsibility is akin to strength training for personal growth. A well-defined game plan is essential for making progress. They understand that living by principles and rules builds inner strength, opening doors of opportunity for their future.

9. Getting Plugged In: Relationship Building

Youth learn that seeking help is not a weakness; it is a strength! Challenges become more manageable with a positive support system to assist in overcoming them. You hold the power to create a support system if you don’t already have one, and you can strengthen it if it’s weak. Valuable insights on building and maintaining strong relationships are gained.

10. You Can See Over the Wall: Self-Efficacy

‘The Wall’ embodies the essence of the entire Why Try program. It emphasises that a clear vision of your future sparks hope, rendering life’s challenges as temporary hurdles. However, with a limited perspective, day-to-day obstacles can seem overwhelming. Cultivating each of the ten steps to the top of the wall fosters an optimistic life, offering access to new opportunities, freedom of choice, and a healthy sense of self-respect. The Why Try? journey results in self-efficacy.