The 4 A’s
The 4 depicted in the Fit4Defense logo represents four A’s – Attention, Awareness, Avoidance and Action. These concepts are crucial to building confidence and self esteem with young persons. Self esteem includes a realistic self awareness of the problems we face and a belief that we have the means to solve them. It requires self acceptance, to feel good about ourselves just as we are. In order to do this, we need to feel competent, connected to others, yet independent. For this reason the focus of the Fit4Defense curriculum is on rights, values, strengths, feelings and communication. The goal is that children and youth will gain insight into their strengths, unique qualities and their ability to positively impact others which will lead to a greater acceptance of self. The objective of imparting self-awareness/self-defense seeks to permanently change attitudes, behaviours and awareness, preventing the likelihood of victimization and crime.