(ANS – Bolton) – A new Salesian project aims to equip young adults with the skills they need to make important decisions in a world that is increasingly filled with uncertainty and competing choices. Rooted in the Christian tradition of discernment, but open to young adults of all faiths and none, the “Signposts programme” has been created by Fr David O’Malley SDB, drawing on the Salesian experience in working with the young.
“Young adults today face far more choices and uncertainties than their parents. Work, relationships and culture are all in a time of significant change, and the stability of long term work and family life is under threat – said Fr O’Malley –. Young adults need to keep flexible, ready to adapt and change. They need to know where they want to go, who they want to be and how they can live a meaningful life. Signposts helps to answer those needs.”
The project has three stages, beginning with a series of workshop events in several areas, a peer-led approach is taken to outline the Signposts programme, share experience and engage participants in discussions about their needs and the choices they face. An invitation is extended to attend a residential weekend, where strategies for making life-giving choices are learned. The third and final stage is an optional individually tailored 1-1 guidance programme which concludes at the end of six months.
The Signposts experiences are designed to take a young adult deeper into the wisdom and self-awareness needed to make good decisions.
Fr O’Malley continued: “Signposts is for young adults aged 18 – 35, who have some life experience but are facing a time of major choice, sometimes without any sense of overall direction. It is for people who want to meet life as an adventure but also want to stack the odds in their favour through wise decisions. It is not counselling nor is it careers advice – that is available elsewhere. People are more than their jobs and personal choices need to reflect the broader perspective that Signposts offers.”
The Signposts team is keen to work with a wide variety of groups around the country to provide a bespoke roadshow experience for young adults in each area during 2016/17.
You can find more information here: http://www.signposts.uk.net/