Passionately Pursuing Purpose
Purpose is a young person’s recognition of their place in the world and connection to something larger than themselves.
Youth who lead lives of purpose tend to do better psychologically; they report higher levels of hope, happiness, and life satisfaction. They also tend to do better physically; compared to their less purposeful peers, they report lower levels of stress, better sleep, and they even can live longer lives!
Although people can discover a purpose at any stage in the lifespan, many do so during adolescence, when issues of identity take centre stage. As young people explore who they hope to become (identity), some simultaneously reflect on what they hope to accomplish (purpose).
This domain encompasses career planning and their future orientation. We help them discover their purpose by helping them identify their strengths and reflect on the values most central to them. Purpose emerges when young people apply their strengths to effect personally meaningful changes in the broader world.
The curriculum is divided into five stages that provide a 360-degree view of a young person’s life.
The curriculum asks pertinent questions such as, “Why am I here?” What kind of legacy will I leave behind? What will people remember me for? What difference will I make in the world?”
The curriculum will also focus on mental health, resilience, character development, managing relationships, dealing with failure, volunteering, and developing leadership skills and many other topics.
The curriculum was created with the Zimbabwe context in mind and is not ignorant of the challenges that youth face. The curriculum’s ultimate goal is to assist youth in becoming active, engaged citizens in their country, as well as to assist them in launching their own initiatives that will make a difference in the world, thus pursuing their purpose with passion.