Following the Tranquillity Zone the participants engage in the Discovery Zone. This is usually an area of the same room outside the Tranquillity Zone or, if available, another room. In this Zone chairs are arranged in a circle enabling the facilitator to relate to each young person in turn as they give feedback on their experience in the Tranquillity Zone. Feelings are explored a little, memories related and imagination encouraged. Among the purposes of this short, but highly intensive, section of the programme is to create an empowering, supportive and cohesive atmosphere within the group, essential for individual well being and the development of courage to alter negative behaviour.
'Feedback' time is followed by engaging participants in learning about their higher, light nature and, conversely, their lower, dark nature. Activities are arranged in a way that young people find stimulating, fun and uplifting and the room reorganised to accommodate these activities. Through interactive games, discussion, role play and creativity they become attracted to their good, high, light side of their nature, which, if developed, is personally rewarding and socially beneficial. Because these activities focus on the encouragement of reason, consciousness and understanding of what it means to be human the Discovery Zone has come to be seen as the 'cognitive domain'.
Together the two zones in SYEP engage the 'head' and the 'heart' of participants in a way that provides motivation to alter unrewarding, low, dark nature attitudes and behaviour in favour of self-esteem that contributes to a healthy community.
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