In the 1990s, during Trav’s focus on becoming an inspiring youth educator, several teenagers within his circle of influence were taken by suicide. A turning point for Trav.
Around the same time, a landmark study by ‘Here For Life’, a national youth suicide prevention organisation, found that youth in Australia was second only to Pakistan as being most dissatisfied with their life.
These events cut close to home for Trav as he began working as an inspiring youth educator. He realised much more needed to be done to support the journey and psychology of becoming an adult. And that schools shouldn’t be held responsible for providing this.
With males four times more likely to die by suicide than females, helping young boys to become men, and providing teenagers with leadership skills, became a priority for Trav as an inspiring youth educator.
Dealing with information overload
With the intensity and speed of internet technology, and now the convenience of smart mobile devices that help young people to do many of life’s tasks, teenagers and adults are always connected to a plethora of information online.
Some information is useful, and other information can be damaging to young people. By using technology to, in effect, educate ourselves and find solutions to our problems, we’ve also created confusion about what is knowledge and what is wisdom.
Being an inspiring youth educator, Trav helps young people understand and recognise the wisdom and the fundamental truths, as opposed to knowledge. An inspiring youth educator, Trav teaches universal truths that draw on time-honoured values of honesty, trust and integrity, and how they lead to privilege.