Re-enactment of these stories creates a sense of
courage, humanity, temperance, justice and wisdom
for young people who've missed out on essential guidance

 
 
My Turnz Cards are a simple tool for working with youth-at-risk, designed to assist in development of skills that may be missing or lacking in some way, in order to build up positive character traits. The method uses role-play based re-enactment of stories in which youth face challenging situations and are guided to take virtuous actions in response. The stories are about courage, persistence, authenticity, vitality, generosity, love, social intelligence, self-regulation, prudence, citizenship, fairness and equity, leadership, and self-knowledge. 

If all I have to do is walk them through stories, how do I do it?

You read aloud one of the stories, one sentence at a time. They listen and repeat the sentence imagining themselves in the story, seeing and feeling themselves in the story, being in the story as much as they are able. Short of it actually happening to them, it's the closest you can get.

Positive character traits of the young person increase with each story.

They learn to:

  • listen to their feelings

  • stay on track when obstacles arise

  • have a sense of belonging to the community

  • investigate a situation instead of acting on impulse

  • like themselves enough that what others think of them doesn't matter

  • believe they will find a way to live which truly interests them

  • discover that good leaders often come from having had low self-esteem

 

A full set of cards consists of 87 stories and are designed for young people from age 13 and up.

The cards are printed on sturdy A5 cardstock with an elegant, satin dull finish, and are held safely in a neoprene zip case of Aboriginal design.

... WHAT THEY SAY AFTER RE-ENACTING GENEROSITY STORIES

"I wonder if the person who offers to help another appreciates the sense of relief it brings to the other. I think it takes away the feeling of being alone for both people."

 
Young people  learn unkindness when raised by people with smallness of character who are reluctant to give. Experiencing fulfilment through giving encourages elevation of character and respect for self and others.

... WHAT THEY SAY AFTER RE-ENACTING THE 'NICE PARENTS' STORY

"When someone makes an effort to contribute to my life, I give them a special thank you, I know it makes them feel really good."

When your friend’s parents pick you up, the mother has a big smile on her face. She tells you about how your card made her and her husband very happy. When she tells you they taped it to the refrigerator, you feel warm inside and the whole car is filled with happy feelings.

CREATING A SENSE OF TEMPERANCE

...to give them a calm sense of command and healthy reasoning skills

... WHAT THEY SAY AFTER RE-ENACTING 'THE SPOt' STORY

"I have a special spot where I do my thinking; it's my place of inspiration."

Make up a story about rearranging your room to create a special spot. You want a great spot where you can think and do your homework.  How does it feel to have a special spot that is yours? When you are away during the day, how do you feel when you think of your special spot?

CREATING A SENSE OF LEADERSHIP

... WHAT THEY SAY AFTER RE-ENACTING 'THE community centre' STORY

"I've stopped being a follower."

The next weekend, two of your friends come with you. You win third place and after the competition, your friends want you to teach them how to play. Eventually, half of the group that hangs around the mall starts going to the community centre with you. Most of them start to play volleyball, but it doesn’t matter to you, you’re glad you influenced them to do something better with their time. Questions to ask: Are you glad you get to have friends around you at a place where it is more fun? Are you happy you discovered something different to do? How do you feel about yourself for doing that?

... WHAT THEY SAY AFTER RE-ENACTING wisdom STORIES

"I used to believe nothing interesting would happen in my life, but one day, someone gave me the opportunity to prove my organisational skills and I did really well. That's when my life started to move in a completely different direction."

Mistreated children act out of desperation. They feel they don’t have the time to draw reasonable conclusions. It’s very difficult for them to discern the truth. Learning the importance of looking deep into the heart of things turns their wounds into wisdom.
Stories to promote curiosity and self-knowledge

... WHAT THEY SAY AFTER RE-ENACTING The 'DIFFERENT WAYS' STORY

"I'm a student of life and can teach others."

Does it make you feel good that you have the ability to soothe someone like that? Was it fun hearing from the confident boy that he wishes he could be like you and then you telling him you wish you were like him? Do you wonder if maybe he could teach you how to be confident in front of class and you can teach him how to be compassionate towards others?