GOAL setting, teamwork and building on strengths were key focuses for Sorrento students last month.
Alpha Motivation held two workshops for Year 11 students at Sacred Heart College.
David Castelanelli is an 18-year-old university student who recently founded Alpha Motivation to empower high school students to set their goals higher.
He said as young people continued to be immersed in technology, he found high school students struggling to develop “soft skills”, such as motivation, time management and resilience.
The motivation workshops consist of interactive games as well as written activities, aiming to find a balance between having fun and teaching lessons.
They also aim to give students confidence to engage in extra-curricular activities, both in and outside of their school.
“Some students feel compelled to join a sporting team, whilst other students make larger changes like deciding to seek out an apprenticeship or nominate for a leadership position,” Mr Castelanelli said.
“It is important for students to go above and beyond if they want to impress employers or universities once graduating. It is difficult to get a job based on your academic mark alone.”
With speakers aged 18 to 20, the company’s motto is ‘run by young people for young people’.
Mr Castelanelli said this meant they were knowledgeable and informed on the issues their high school audiences faced.
“Students are more willing to understand and absorb our messages,” he said.
“As they hear of other young people achieving great goals, they feel their own goals become more realistic and attainable.”
This year, Alpha Motivation will work with more than 30 schools in WA, speaking to over 10,000 students, including Duncraig Senior High School and Kingsway Christian, Woodvale Secondary and Irene McCormack Catholic colleges.
It is also plans to expand into primary schools to run workshops for Year 6 students, preparing them for high school.