Four Developmental Domains
These areas are sometimes strengths that we want to leverage on and use to encourage. It could also be a weakness which can be turned in an opportunity for growth. The staff plan and coordinate programmes with the residents’ family and our different partners to facilitate growth in each developmental domain. Our programmes usually do not just involve one developmental domain but a combination of different domains.
In this domain, we aim to influence their attitude by instilling positive values and beliefs. Values and beliefs make up the core of our being and it affects the words we use, the reaction we make and the habits we keep. We challenge their old values and belief system, and encourage them to replace the unnecessary ones with prosocial, positive ones.
Every resident in the SBHL is assigned a Life Coach and a Youth Worker. These coaches see them in SBHL everyday and allocate regular meet ups with them. The life coaches and youth workers talk and mentor the residents through the challenges that they are facing.
SBHL brings in guest speakers from different walks of life to inspire the residents. The 2 objectives of these sessions are to introduce career prospects to the residents and to inspire them with their life story. These life stories bring hope to the residents and help them to understand that they can still turn their lives around for the better.
In this domain, we aim to improve how they interact with the community and we aim to expand their social circle and bring in more positive influences.
The residents in SBHL are allocated Life Groups where they set goals and work together to achieve them. In a community setting as such, relationships are built and it is inevitable for conflicts to arise. There will be both tears and laughter in the process but they all learn to live not just for themselves but also think about how their actions affect the community around them.
Each Life Group has a Youth Worker to mentor and guide them.
New residents are not only oriented to the new environment by the staff, they are also assigned a resident mentor who would help them assimilate into the community. This resident mentor briefs him about the routines and the discipline standards of the Hostel, and updates the Life Coach and the Youth Worker about his well being.
There are also many sport and art groups in SBHL. These groups are either run by paid coaches or volunteers give their time to teach these skills to the residents. Besides learn a skill, these residents are also exposed to a new social circle of friends. Our aim is for the residents to join these groups beyond their stay in SBHL.
Besides being an issue of livelihood, it is crucial in their rehabilitation that the residents are meaningfully engaged. This would mean they have goals and they find purpose in doing the things they do. Having that drive and focus keeps them from distractions and prevents them from reoffending.
We work closely with teachers and employers to support the rehabilitation of the residents. We keep each other updated of their progress and we discuss about how to best approach certain matters. We provide our expertise in dealing with the unique profile of our youth and we help teachers/employers understand our youth better. At the same time, the Life Coach and Youth Worker hear from the residents about their challenges at work and help them cope with these challenges and mentoring them. Sometimes they do so by providing insights to the matter, sometimes it involves facilitating a learning and sometimes it may involve setting up a with the teacher/employer to resolve issues.
We recognise that support from the family is important in the rehabilitation of the residents. However, going through the justice system can be traumatising for both the resident and the family members of the resident. Mistrust, hurt, anger are some of the negative emotions that results. We aim to strengthen family relationship, and reconcile relationship if necessary.
Parents are very involved in the rehabilitation of the resident. They are present during the process of admission, during which, the resident’s Life Coach is introduced and communication is established immediately. They are required in meetings with school teachers so that their are updated about their son’s academic progress. The residents also represent SBHL in sport events and stage performance where parents are encouraged to join in and support.
Twice a year, we host the SBHL Parents’ Night. Besides recapping what was achieved by the residents over the past 6 months, our objective is to turn the hearts of the parents to their son and vice versa. It is usually an emotional event where residents and their parents reconcile their relationship and recommit themselves to each other.