COPOSO stands for Contributing Positively to Society. By means of creativity and sports we work towards increasing self-esteem and we stimulate youth to dream about their future to enable the youth to contribute positively to society.
Through intensive pre and post-release mentoring and support, we strive to build the confidence of young offenders and support them in gaining vital life skills. The facilitators who implement the COPOSO methodology act as role-models to the participants: in order to reach our target group best they should be able to be inspired by someone they can identify with.
The essence of COPOSO is that the development and achievements of the participants is monitored based on tangible evidence. This evidence consists of creative assignments and products made by participants, and observations by the facilitators.
The World Health Organisation defines life skills as 'the abilities for adaptive and positive behaviour that enable individuals to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of everyday life'. Life skills are essentially those abilities that help promote mental well-being and competence in young people as they face the sometimes harsh realities of life. Examples of life skills are cooperating positively, effective communication and managing stress and frustration.COPOSO Life Skills Manual.pdfCOPOSO Training of Trainers Manual.pdf