Ahh... the teenage years.
The turbulent stage in life where low self-esteem, peer pressure, communication breakdown at home, piling school work and complicated ‘boy-girl relationships’ could happen all at once.
It is therefore good for teens to attend workshops and classes designed especially for them, as these courses can help them through their long journey of exploration and self-discovery.
All about you
One word: Puberty.
The myriad of physical and emotional changes can be overwhelming if nobody tries to answer the hundreds of questions swimming in your head.
Signs of puberty for girls can start showing when they are as young as eight or nine, while the signs start showing on boys when they are about nine or ten.
It’s harder to digest all the grown-up information when you’re still a pre-teen, that’s why workshops on understanding what’s going through your body during puberty are best held when you turn 13 years old.
Below are some useful topics to learn more about.
The effects of body image on self-esteem can be drastic for teenagers. Learn to treat your body with respect and boost your confidence with body image workshops.
It can be painfully embarrassing when a parent tries to start a conversation on the birds and the bees. Skip the torment and let total strangers do the talking instead!
Attend workshops that focus on sexuality and boy-girl-relationships, which help you understand your body better and what you should or shouldn’t do in a relationship.
Leadership and interpersonal skills are two qualities that every teenager should learn more about and try to acquire. There are plenty of such workshops, usually organised by schools during term breaks, which teach the characteristics of a good leader and may get teens to aspire to such lofty ideals.
Uncover hidden talents
It’s during the teenage years that one may start to discover one’s potential talents and skills that can translate to a future career. That’s why workshops that help create such opportunities will be very beneficial. Here are some fun and interactive classes for teenagers to try out.
If you find yourself subconsciously tapping your fingers or feet to music beats, join a drumming class and unleash your full rhythmic power! Drumming not only provides a good upper body workout (say hello to toned arms), it’s also excellent for team-building and stress relief.
Aspiring to be the next Felicia Chin or Christopher Lee? Learn the techniques used by TV actors and find out how to bring screen characters to life.
Do your friends constantly give you a standing ovation after every song you sing at KTV? Then you should consider joining a singing class. Let the experts help develop your singing talent into something more as they teach you all about pitching and control.
Teen Actor’s Studio (Basic)
Funnyman Hossan Leong becomes teacher as he shows you how to become a star in front of the camera. At the end of this eight-session course, you’ll even be given a script and deliver it for the class!
Date and time: To be advised (once a week, two hours per lesson)
Venue: Fly Academy, 133 Neil Road
To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 6224 3188.
Instrumental Individual Lesson (drums)
Learn the basics of drumming and advance towards becoming a star drummer!
Date and time: To be advised by instructor (four x 50-minute lessons to be completed in eight weeks)
Venue: The Music Lab, 116 Middle Road, #05-02, ICB Enterprise House
To register, email email@example.com or call 6338 2991.
Jitterbugs Swingapore – Hip Hop Teens
Love watching music videos and mimicking your favourite artiste's dance moves? Stop hiding and uncover your hidden talent at this eight-week beginners-only course.
Date: Next session starts January 9, 2010
Time: 3.30pm to 4.30pm
Venue: Jitterbugs Swingapore, #B1-08, The Cathay
Price: $15 per class (members) / $20 per class (non-members). Membership fee: $50 per annum ($25 per annum for students and NSF)
To register, visit www.swingapore.com or call 6887 0383.