Centre for Confidence and Well-being

Skip to content
Carol's Blog
Postcards from Scotland

Young people can change the world

City Year is an American national organization? based on the belief that young people can change the world.?

The organization has created a program designed to increase optimism among America?s youth.  It offers parents and teachers information about optimism and it?s importance in childhood.  Karen Revich, an expert in the positive psychology of  children and adolescents, has helped to develop this program. ?Optimism is defined as the skill of seeing the positive aspects of a situation ? the belief that things can change for the better and that one can control the direction of one's own life?. Optimism is a teachable skill that all children can learn and benefit from regardless of their circumstances. The aim of the project is to build children?s resilience and confidence so that they can achieve their goals.

City Year is a nonprofit organisation that unites young people of all backgrounds, giving them the skills and opportunities to change the world. As tutors, mentors, and role models, to make a difference in the lives of children, and transform schools and neighborhoods in 17 U.S. locations and Johannesburg, South Africa. Founded in 1988, City Year is dedicated to helping children succeed, building stronger communities, breaking down social barriers and developing young leaders.  To read about the project click here 
Centre Events Previous Centre Events External Events Carol's Talks