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Derry youth worker to launch his new book, ‘All Teens Achieve’

Picture Issued by Derry City Council Free to use. 
Opening of St. Columb's Park Play Area / Breathing Places Day at St. Columb's Park. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 25.7.09

Dominic Bonner from the Play Trail shows Daniel Day from Strathfoyle his carpentry skills during the opening of the new Adventure Play Area and Breathing Places day in St. Columb's Park on saturday.

Picture Issued by Derry City Council Free to use. Opening of St. Columb's Park Play Area / Breathing Places Day at St. Columb's Park. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 25.7.09 Dominic Bonner from the Play Trail shows Daniel Day from Strathfoyle his carpentry skills during the opening of the new Adventure Play Area and Breathing Places day in St. Columb's Park on saturday.

Local youth and community worker Dominic Bonner is about to launch his new book, “All Teens Achieve.”

Dominic has been working with children and young people both locally and internationally for the past 26 years.

His new book details his personal experience of teaching young people how to achieve using simple methods.

He told the ‘Journal’: “Over the past 26 years, I have worked with a very wide range of young people with different personalities, behaviours and abilities.

“From this, I have discovered that all young people can achieve success and as well as that make positive choices.

“Young people can achieve with the support of others and learning from other young people. If we can identify the skills and talents of young people, we can build on them.”

He says “All Teens Achieve” is a very easy book to read and includes small exercises to keep the young people focused and motivated.

“It helps young people look at their achievements which they should credit themselves for,” he adds.

“It also looks at changing negative believes to positive, as many young people tend to focus on the negative which stops them from moving forward.

“Young people need to focus more on been positive which helps with building confidence and self-esteem. Young people can also look at barriers and how to break down these these barriers that prevent them from moving forward.

“The main focus of the book is to set goals and, more importantly, how to achieve these goals using our simple four steps to success model.”

The book shares some personal stories of how Dominic has used the model since he was 17 and includes the testimonies of young people and what they achieved using Goal4Youth programmes.

“I want to see more young people doing well and leading positive lives as well as making positive choices,” says Dominic. “To achieve this, I felt that a book aimed at young people would be one of the first steps.

“Although the book is aimed at young people, it’s also a great read for parents, teachers, youth and social workers.

“It’s a simple and easy model which can be used for all ages.”

£1 from every sale of “All Teens Achieve” at tomorrow night’s book launch will be donated to Foyle View Special School.

The event is free and open to everyone.

 

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