RIDE ON was developed in response to child protection professionals' needs, which have been expressed since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic to support children and adolescents (12-18 years old) facing anxiety, feelings of insecurity or disconnections with others through remote solutions. The objectives of this curriculum is to 'Increase capacities and resources of children and youth to alleviate the negative mental health and psychosocial effects of the COVID context by doing self-guided exercise and engaging her/him and her/his peer in support action'. It consists in a remote, flexible, self-guided or accompanied curriculum that enables adolescents to take lead on their well-being, as it invites adolescents to make decisions concerning their next steps and how to complete their journeys. There are several ways to use this book, whether with minimum support or with more regular support depending on the context and on the possibilities to regularly contact the youths. It is adaptable to other contexts where vulnerable children find themselves isolated and hard to reach (children in detention, children on the move, etc..)
We invite you to start by looking through the following core documents:
- A booklet for adolescents to use as an “activity book”: 80 activities are proposed under 5 categories: feeling safe, feeling connected, feeling worthy, feeling respected and feeling hopeful. Each of these categories are represented by 5 different youths from different parts of the world, who will tell us their worries, their tips to feel safe, connected, etc... Each character proposes different type of activities: “reflective activities” (oriented towards thinking and introspection, with a focus on mindfulness and meditation), and ENGAGE activities (focused on physical play and exercise, linking to social activities through peer and community connections).
- RIDE ON methodological guidance: this guidance is designed to help project staff to understand the MOVE ON & ENGAGE methodology and how they can use it.
- M&E framework and tools
English and French version is available below.