The Grow Program

The Grow program is modeled after Erik Erikson’s fifth stage of Psychosocial Theory of Development – “Identity vs. Confusion.”

Each participant will be provided with the necessary tools and resources to complete each step. These resources include self-reflection exercises, self-assessments, interactive activities, follow-up support, homework, and more.

Step 1: Identity

Identification of the participant’s personality, intelligence, diversity, and personal experience.

Without a strong sense of identity, it is difficult to pass through the transition period between childhood and adulthood. Step 1 of the program is designed to help participants build a solid foundation for this transition based on their unique identity.

The Assessments

  • Personality, Intelligence, Diversity, Personal Experience: The participant will be guided through a series of well-researched assessments that are proven to help reveal one’s identity. For example, the participant will complete the Meyers-Briggs personality test and the Howard Gardner Intelligence test.

We then encourage our participants to express themselves artistically – whether through a personal project or by introducing them to unexplored art forms they are curious about.

Step 2: Wellness

Reveal the participant’s unique balance of well-being using the seven dimensions wellness model (spiritual, emotional, physical, intellectual, social, occupational, environmental).

People are generally unaware of how their wellness relates to the complex systems of their environment. Systems theory points out that in order to attempt to understand the individual, families, organizations, societies, and other systems are inherently involved and must be considered.

Step 2 of the program is designed to help participants understand the depths of their wellness and its connectedness to the external environment in the hopes of creating an accurate illustration of the areas of their life that need development.

The Assessments

  • Guided Meditation: Participants will be guided through a meditation chosen for their current state to promote relaxation and ensure they are comfortable to answer questions accurately and truthfully.
  • Wellness Model: The participant will complete self-assessments based on 7 dimensions: spiritual, physical, intellectual, emotional, social, occupational, and environmental.

Step 3: Exploration

Participant partakes in a trial-and-error period where they discover their unique path for change.

With people being so used to a fast-paced lifestyle, they rarely take the time to ask themselves why they’re doing what they’re doing. Is it for someone else? Is it because society maintains we need money, power, and recognition to be happy? Step 3 of the program is designed to help participants find the answers to these questions and create intrinsic motivation to change their perspective on their lives.

The Trial-and-Error Period

  • The Resource Chart: The Guide refers to the Resource chart to find appropriate recommendations for the participant based on the dimension of wellness that is suffering. The resource chart is a database of trusted resources categorized by the wellness dimensions. It is governed by a rating system according to Affordability, Autonomy, and Effort to highlight options for participants in all situations.

Step 4: Goals

Set actionable and achievable long-term and short-term goals using the SMART recipe (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Time-bound).

Step 4 of the program is designed for participants to set their sights on a general direction to work towards and learn how to integrate daily actions that will bring them there. If they encounter any obstacles or challenges, we are there to help overcome them and adjust their goals.

The Goals

  • SMART: Based on the previous steps, we create specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-bound goals for the participants to put into action.
  • Post-Grow: We continue our line of communication over the course of the year to track their progress and the effectiveness of the program. The goal is to help them feel support overcoming and outlining any challenges they may face as well as give them time to readjust their plan.