More than 20 years ago I met a street priest who recognised MOT’s work. “I call the work you are doing the pursuit of the faster donkey” I did not understand what he meant, but he proceeded to tell me the following story. “A man was assaulted by thieves and left wounded in the ditch. […]
MOT as a protective factor
At the moment, I am writing a book that proves MOT as an important protective factor for vulnerable individuals carrying many risk factors, as well as an important tool to prevent crime and psychosocial problems in youth. Here is some of it:
MOT works proactively trough building individuals and cultures, through holistic and wide society building initiatives. MOT builds youth, class environments and cultures in schools and local communities. The target group is youth in the age 11-25 years. Through this, MOT works with both universally and primarily prevention directed to the population in general. In addition, MOT implements selective prevention, in a different way than is usually viewed as selective prevention. In the work with strengthening the school and class environment, MOT gives extra education to the most robust youths with a good attitude. These works as “change agents” in the school culture and the class environment, which again is as a protective factor for victims of bullying or individuals who feel like outsiders. It is a very important protective factor for the young vulnerable with many risk factors, that are at risk of committing crime, developing problems, and to harm themselves and others. MOT’s goal is to prevent the problem before it arises, and that MOT’s effort contributes so that problems don’t occur.
MOT’s proactive effort is for “everyone”, and MOT’s programmes are universally preventive initiatives. By giving extra responsibility to the most robust and with a strong attitude in class, to strengthen the class as a protective factor for those who are vulnerable and exposed to risk, you can say that MOT also in a way does some selected secondary proactive initiatives.
MOT focuses on the entire picture and coherence, for example how all in a class mutually affect each other. MOT strengthens the class’ ability to understand each other better. MOT creates conversations with focus on hope and constructive solutions. MOT strengthen the class’ communication and cooperation. Through a good class culture, every youth, and especially the ones that are vulnerable and at risk, get the opportunity to make use of help and support in the class.
MOT’s programmes have a goal to get children and youth with behavioural problems, anxiety, depression or ADHD to be included. Strengthen the teachers and co-students understanding for the causal relation. Strengthen the understanding that there is a great variation among young people when it comes to the premise to have a “normal/expected” behaviour. Understand that we have different needs. Contribute actively to teachers and co-students’ ability for positive involvement, encouraging skills, problem solving and to setting boundaries. Increased unity. This will improve the vulnerable young people’s social thinking and skills.
Wish you a lovely weekend.
– Atle –