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The main purpose of this stage is to open youngsters’ minds and hearts to think about the life they would like to live. Imagination creates our reality and just by documenting our ideas, we can begin the process of changing our lives. In this stage, youngsters are invited to dream and imagine what their lives could look like in the future and to find personal answers to questions such as – What is my ideal world? Where do I live? What do I do? What is my daily routine? What is around me? What drives me? What are my life values? What is important in this life for me? etc.
By completing this step, you should be able to:
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World Health Organisation (WHO) defines Quality of Life as an individual’s perception of their position in life in the context of the culture and value systems in which they live and in relation to their goals, expectations, standards and concerns (WHO, 2023).
In this step, youth are invited to think about what are the areas of life that are important to them at the particular stage, why they are important, and whether they feel fulfilled and accomplished in one or the other of them.
It is sometimes useful to make two lists: values that are important to the adolescents themselves and, for example, values that are important to a person’s parents. Thus, one can understand which values overlap and which young people should be encouraged to develop in order to follow their dreams, interests and talents.
The time for each activity depends on the specifics of the situation. The minimum is specified in the description and can be adjusted according to the possibilities.
It is preferable not to change the order of the tools. If you have to choose only one of the tools, we recommend N# 1 “Life Collage” before giving a brief insight about the areas where to work on.