Youth Empowerment Programs

S.M.A.R.T. Options Educational Services' experience and observations through the counselling and guidance we have been offering to teenagers for nearly 20 years now, have served as valid indicators that our youth lack a particular set of qualities and tools which are essential for success in learning, employability and in life in general. We have often established that they have to dedicate time -  equal to the time that is allocated to gaining academic qualifications -  to invest in the acquisition of skills through programs, training, play and activities that all, constitute what we refer to as non-typical education.

To empower the youth and assist them in building  the life skills that are essential in today’s world, we became involved in programs and workshops that aim to:

- inspire and enthuse teenagers to reach their full potential
- make a positive impact on their aspirations
- create awareness, turn them into independent enquirers, creative thinkers, effective team players, reflective learners and leaders of tomorrow.

Projects we have been engaged in:

- December 2012: Organisation of the  “Leadership Skills Training” workshop, in collaboration with Michael Donahue, Co- Founder of the Boldleaders organisation, Denver-Colorado (

Workshop: Leadership Skills Training. Download here

- June 2015: Facilitation by Marlene Philippou in the program ‘Creative and Empowering Leaders of Tomorrow” (C.E.L.T. The purpose and goal of this project was to bring Greek speaking Cypriot and Turkish speaking Cypriot students and youth (of the age 14-19) together, in a safe and learning environment that would provide the opportunity to build a long lasting relationships and train students and young professionals as mentors, who can start rapprochement, reconciliation and conflict resolution programs within their own schools, communities and societies. Using a combination of various theories of conflict analysis and resolution models as well as peace-building strategies, the purpose of simultaneously educating and creating communication between the Cypriot participants was achieved, allowing them at the same time to utilise new skills (active listening, resilience, acceptance) in catalysing the interpersonal barriers created due to the inter-communal conflicts.