DISCOVERING THE VALUE OF AFFECTIVITY

Among the problems that preadolescents and adolescents are faced with are sometimes emotional fragility, the reduced ability to make choices aimed at a life project, the fragmentation or lack of traditional educational agencies.  Hence the effort for the boy to find points of reference.

For many reasons, parents are not always prepared to adequately deal with their children’s emotional and sexual training. The information presented at school or by the media in many cases does not form the value of the person in its entirety, nor does it educate to take responsibility for choices and behaviors.

 The teaching units of “Up2Me” take harmoniously into consideration six dimensions of the person: physical, emotional, intellectual, social, spiritual, historical (family /growth environment)

Castelgandolfo (Italia)

Spagna

Brasile

Messico

Filippine

Argentina

Praga (Repubblica Ceca)

Loppiano (Italia)

UP2ME in the world

UP2Me courses are present in over 15 cities, and the number of active courses is continuously growing. In addition, tutor training takes place in special schools organized periodically in various parts of the world:

  • Loppiano | Italy | 2015
  • Madrid | Spain | 2016
  • Recife | Brazil | 2017
  • Castelgandolfo | Italy | 2017
  • Mariapolis El Diamante | Mexico | 2017
  • Buenos Aires | Argentina | 2019
  • Tagaytay | Philippines | 2019
  • Prague | Czech Rep. | 2019

The project

 

The anthropological vision underlying the training program is that of the “person-relationship”. Being in relation to man is his essence, his ontological foundation.

The path, for each age group, starts from a detailed knowledge of the beauty and complexity of the human body and then unfolds in stages that facilitate both the maturation of the relationship with oneself and with others, and the discovery of each one’s life plan.  In this way, the child and adolescent formulates his thoughts on the various issues and can give reason for his choices, accompanied by tutors capable of listening and empathy.

EXPECTED RESULTS
  • Self-knowledge and renewed amazement towards life;
  • discovery of the ontological foundation of “being in relationship” and the value of sexuality;
  • greater awareness of cultural influences;
  • self-esteem growth;
  • desire for responsible choices;
  • birth of authentic and lasting relationships;
  • awareness and involvement of families in the educational process.
IMPLEMENTATION METHODS

The courses are coordinated by a married couple of tutors who can make use of specialists of the various topics addressed (doctors, psychologists …).

The tutors are adequately prepared and qualified by a five / six day compulsory residential course, held by an international team of professionals in the various fields of human sciences.

At the end of this course, those who have passed the final test will be provided with the necessary material for carrying out the educational path containing didactic-methodological sheets and insights for their training.

 

Continuous monitoring is provided through contact between the tutors and the operating network for effective implementation and verification of the program.

 

The tutors undertake to sign the guidelines for the promotion of well-being and the protection of minors issued by COBETU (Commission for the promotion of well-being and the protection of minors of the Focolare Movement).

OPERATIONAL NETWORK

Central international team: composed of professionals in psychology, sociology, bioethics, philosophy, medicine, sexology, pedagogy, spirituality, anthropology, morals, education and animation, audiovisual language.

SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE

Composed of university professors of various disciplines, operating in public and private universities of various nations. Coordination staff with general coordination functions.
University professors specializing in: pedagogy, psychology, law, theology, bioethics, health sciences, interculturality, neurosicence and neuropsychology.

of universities:

  • Istituto Universitario Sophia – Florence (Italy)
  • Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain)
  • Università di Padova (Italy)
  • Università di Torino (Italy)
  • Universidad de Almeria (Spain)
  • Facultat de Teologia de Catalunya (Spain)
  • Yale University, New Haven, CT (USA)
  • City University New York (USA)
  • Universidad Católica Boliviana (UCB)
  • Universidad Católica de México (UNIVA)

The Paths

Training for affectivity and sexuality to foster complete growth, which sees them protagonists of conscious choices and capable of living positive relationships. FOR THE HARMONIC DEVELOPMENT OF DIMENSIONS: spiritual, intellectual, relational-social, emotional, biological, historical-environmental

6-8 years

HOW IT IS STRUCTURE |

  • 5-7 Sessions of approximately 2.5 hours each
  • Groups of 10 to 15 children together with their parents

FREQUENCY | Every 3-4 weeks with the help of 2 facilitators and some animators

TOPICS | Recognize and manage emotions / Body / Life.

9-11 years

HOW IT IS STRUCTURE |

  • 10 sessions of approximately 2 hours each
  • Groups of 10 to 20 girls / boys divided by age groups

FREQUENCY | every 2-4 weeks with 2 Tutors

METHOD | INDUCTIVE
under the guidance of specially trained tutors, it develops the Teens’ ability to acquire knowledge independently. Through role games, multimedia materials, group activities, expert interventions and research reading, teens come to draw general principles.

THEMES | adapted for age
Mass media / Bullying / Who am I / My body / Friendship / Emotions / My life plan / The wonder of life.

12-14 years

HOW IT IS STRUCTURE |

  • 11 Sessions of approximately 2 hours each
  • Groups of 10 to 20 girls / boys divided by age groups

FREQUENCY | every 2-4 weeks with 2 Tutors

METHOD | INDUCTIVE
under the guidance of specially trained tutors, it develops the Teens’ ability to acquire knowledge independently. Through role games, multimedia materials, group activities, expert interventions and research reading, Adolescents come to draw general principles.

THEMES | adapted for age 

Mass media / Bullying / Who am I / Sexual identity / My body / Pornography / Addictions / The group / The emotions / My life project / The wonder of life.

15-17 years

HOW IT IS STRUCTURE |

  • 12 sessions of 2.5 hours each 
  • Groups of 10 to 20 girls / boys divided by age groups

FREQUENCY | every 2-4 weeks with 2 Tutors

METHOD | INDUCTIVE
under the guidance of specially trained tutors, it develops the Teens’ ability to acquire knowledge independently. Through role games, multimedia materials, group activities, expert interventions and research reading, Teens come to draw general principles.

THEMES | adapted for age

Mass media / Bullying / Who am I / Sexual identity / Sexual orientation / Gender studies / My body / Pornography / Abortion / Addictions / The group / Contraceptives / Falling in love / My life project / The wonder of life.

The path for parents is an opportunity to acquire tools for their training and dialogue with their children

Parents

HOW IT IS STRUCTURE |

  • Up to 10 Thematic Sessions of approximately 2 hours each
  • Groups made up of parents in pairs or singles

FREQUENCY | every 2-4 weeks with 2 Tutors

METHOD |
With the facilitation of specially trained tutors, issues relating to the education of children are addressed, through brief expert interventions, group or couple activities and exercises and the sharing of experiences.

THEMES |
Educating in times of crisis / Authority and firmness / Communicating well / Forming strong children / Adolescence / How to talk to children about: Sexuality / Sexual orientation / New media / Addictions / Youth lifestyles.

Davide and Cecilia from Turin

"We are part of the Up2Me central team. We arrived at this school after a long process of updating all the material. A demanding job that allowed us to improve and expand many topics that were already in the original structure. At the ...

Lito and Ethel from the Philippines

“We went to the tutor school in Spain in 2016. Since then we have had the dream of being able to bring the project to Asia. We are happy that this has materialized now and many young people will benefit from it. We are fortunate to have been able to take part in the...

Sergie and Risa from the Philippines

“As animators of New Families, we understand how important it is to accompany families, but we often ask ourselves how to do it. The Up2Me course helps us develop the necessary skills. "

Antone and Eleonore of Cebu – Philippines

“We have been taking care of the Teens in our country for many years. We feel that Up2Me is the answer to all the questions and difficulties faced by young people today. "

June from India

“I feel privileged to have been able to participate in the course. Coming here I understood the value of this training, I hope that the program will grow in the coming years and many adolescents of different cultures and languages ​​have the opportunity to participate...

Kris, New Zealand youth educator

“I am leaving with a heart full of gratitude and hope. Up2Me is what we need in our country for families and children ".

News & Events

Up2Me, the new website is online.

Up2Me, the new website is online.

Renewed graphics and reorganized content for a more usable consultation. The new Up2Me project website is online to offer a better service to users, enhancing the various initiatives related to the project. CLICK HERE  https://up2me.afnonlus.org/ Among the main news, a map of the courses...