The Bad Students Society
There's no doubt, bad students are a challenge.
Many teenagers are "frustrated superpowers".
For over a decade, the community has come up with chances to let their potential come to life.
The Eye-Opener programme and Bolder Bonds mentoring are truly powerful tools.
Working with "bad students" is incredibly rewarding and exciting.
In fact, it was our best idea ever, and we felt that there was plenty of room for improvement yet.
In the summer of 2021, we began to rethink the entire process. For this, we launched a survey.
We asked every individual community member for a personal statement. We wanted to know:
"Do you identify with teenagers with lousy grades, with kids who have no focus and no goal in life?
Would you consider mentoring a bad student? Would you offer advice, practical help, a job even?
Would you be prepared to add your approachability to your profile? And could you tell us why?
What are your thoughts on good and bad students, and would you tell us your own story?"
Tens of thousands of highly emotional stories came back to us.
Tales of missed opportunities, of the much longed-for benefit of doubt, of fateful misunderstandings
and unfair judgements, of humiliation in front of the class and dreaded punishments at home, of feeling an outcast and a loser - all this shaped lives that could have taken a different course.
And yet, the upshot is: There is great support from folks who once failed themselves.
Or know someone who failed. Someone they care about. A sibling, a friend, a neighbour, their own child.
Nothing has ever unleashed such a tsunami of emotion and solidarity in the community as this question: Would you help struggling kids in the community to become their best self? To find their way?
Are you approachable for advice and for practical help, as a mentor or an eye-opener? Do you care?
They do. And they have told thousands and thousands of personal stories.
Now it is time to tell these stories to kids, parents and teachers everywhere. To tell them, together
with the many stories of young Global Natives who found their way with the community's support.
Here's the project: The Bad Students Society 🎞 The Series.
An intriguing, addictive storybook of the many weird and wonderful ways
of bringing out the best in someone who didn't even know it was there!
The Bad Students Society's stories and experiences hold a wealth of material for a series scheduled
to start in 2024. Some episodes will be hilariously funny and others touchingly sad, they will inspire
teens without perspectives and motivate grown-ups to reach out, they will make teachers and parents rethink their judgements.
The stories will change the mind frames of those in career counselling and in university admissions.
They will be entertaining, thought-provoking, dialogue-promoting and uncompromisingly true.
The Bad Students Society will tell stories to talk to your neighbour and to your brother about,
stories to integrate in school lessons and to hold on to for new hope and more courage.
The following links tell you more about the work of the Global Natives Club. They are crucial for a better understanding. Visit the blog and the Eye-Opener stories for case studies and some celebrity examples.
Regular learning systems are not their strength - so we call them irregulearners.
The guideline is: "Looks like this doesn't work for you. Let's see what does."
Year after year, millions go into private tuition.
In desperation, parents hope for the penny to drop, or they eventually give
up and take their kid out of school. No doubt, learning difficulties affect all levels
of society and families of all educational backgrounds.
But these kids ain't stupid, and we can do better, much better!
In 2010, we launched a grant for bad students.
It was the beginning of this journey, using the community, its resources, diversity and helpfulness to make kids see and take their chances in life.
The programme has helped teenagers to see wider horizons for over a decade.
Who knows how a troubled teenager feels?
Who understands why these kids do not understand themselves?
Folks who've been there. Adults who know what it was like.
As mentors, they're the Bad Students Society's driving force.
And as peers, as friends, as employers even!
Supporting bad students is full of surprises, it unleashes unknown forces.
The potential of kids who found their element and their calling is overwhelming. And yet, many of these young people were once labelled "hopeless"!
"The Bad Students Society" 🎞 The series.
The series will change the general perception of underachievers, academic failures
and seemingly clueless teenagers. With wit, with grit, with good humour, with joy!
However, it will not leave out the stories without happy end. The older generation has many tales that come without mentors and without a supportive environment. These need to be told too. The majority - of course - are surprising and quite adventurous tales of human ingenuity, true empathy and serendipity.
Talks for production and strategy are already well under way.