A bit about boredom

Boredom is a theme to which at-risk kids often refer. Alex Vasiljević says it is often
“Self-inflicted boredom.”
Some boredom is natural for teenagers. NasKarz struggled to get going because the activities had to be interesting for them. However, most of the ‘boredom’ seen is a cover-up that is a shield.
“ A sense that will protect them from possibly failing at something or not being seen as good at it.”
They hear it all the time. ‘It’s boring.’ Vasiljević says when kids are told, both directly and indirectly, that they’re no good at anything, at anytime they can become allergic to challenges because they anticipate inadequacy or fear of failure.
To challenge that belief system, Vasiljević and other youth workers ask the kids if they have you ever done it. And, they challenge the kids to try something new before they reject it, because they think it is boring or isn’t cool.
It is said that peers define other kids as cool; they don’t make them feel inadequate or worthless. That’s why having peers as role models is so important to the NasKarz program.
“Boredom is a trigger word to get people off their back, rejecting the activity rather than the person offering the activity. If there’s no follow through until you engage the kids in these activities, you’ll miss what boring really means. Boring is just a face-saving way out, and that’s seen as cool in front of everyone.”
“Boredom is also despair, but despair is more revealing and vulnerable to admit to than the boredom is. NasKarz wants people to understand that boredom in this at-risk population is not monotony; it’s a way to keep emotionally distant and to prevent being hurt or humiliated again.”