Tariqi delivered in Jordan
Team is a tailored personal development programme supporting young people who are not in education, training or employment to take the next step in their lives. Combining outdoor and community challenges with facilitated learning, the programme is designed to help young people grow in confidence, resilience and motivation, develop team-building and communication skills, whilst taking responsibility for their community and futures.
Suhaib needed a fresh start after leaving juvenile detention, the Team programme gave him the fresh start and development he needed to get back on his feet. Here he tells us his story:
I found out about the Team programme through the community centre. Even though I did go to secondary school, I failed my final exams and it all went downhill from there. I struggled at the time. Because my family did not have enough money, I went to work as a car mechanic instead to help them. I wish that I could repeat secondary school and pursue what I really want to do so I could go to university to study engineering and after that go to army training and become an army engineer.
My main barrier is money – I still do part time work but I only make about 6JD (about £6.50) a day. In the first week on the programme, I went to Team from 9-3pm. I then took one-hour break and went to work from 6pm to 2am…it is late but I am used to it.
"I love the Team programme because I learn a lot but in a different way to school, such as how to speak, be confident and how to change my lifestyle. When I wake up now and I have new ideas and motivation every day – I am more positive about life. "
I have three brothers and one sister, she is only 11 years old but we get along really well. She is the only girl at home so everything she wants she gets – from me as well, I give her anything. I have a good relationship with my family, but I don’t see them a lot because I work. It’s been really tough for me.
My younger brother (12) got into a fight with our neighbour who was 24 years old and he was shouting at my little brother. When my older brother saw this, he intervened and unfortunately got involved in the fight. The police blamed us and let the neighbour off with only 1 month of detention and blamed most of it on us because we outnumbered him. I did not actually get involved but my brother (22) was in University and if he got a criminal record he’d be kicked out. So, I took the blame instead of him and was sent to a juvenile detention centre for two months. Whilst in there I really missed my family – it made me so depressed.
"I didn’t know what was happening on the outside, what was happening with my family. Being in there affected me negatively. I also started to do things I never did before. There is a problem with drugs – they tried to force me to take them. "
People are always gossiping about me now and the community thinks of me negatively. My “reputation” follows me everywhere. People talk badly about my family, but for me my family is my strength – my mother is my strength – I love her so much. She is such a kind person, she gives me support and she is so tolerant, I learnt this from her.
Before the programme I had no hope, and I never imagined completing Tawjihi or pursuing anything else. Now I feel like I can do anything! “Nothing is impossible”, as my Team Leaders keeps telling me. If I want to do something, I can do it. I am learning so many things– it gives me the hope to know nothing is impossible! I loved when we talked about ourselves – self-knowledge, self-management how to know my strengths and weaknesses – this was so good for me.
"It’s the first time I ever focused on myself and what my strengths are…even talking about it in front of others. I never even thought about this before. All I can say is Team is a very very very very (yes, 4 times!) good programme!"