09/09/19 SFP Week 1: The fall 2019 cohort of the Empowering Youth and Families Program has begun! It is held on Monday Nights at Leland Middle School in Leland, NC. Our first meeting was a thrilling experience with a tornado touching down nearby. Families and facilitators gathered in the hallway to seek shelter and found an opportunity to get to know each other.
Our Brunswick County 4-H team had a great opportunity to share with them all of our great incentives, like our Confluence Weekend Family Retreat, Gift Cards, and opportunities to become more involved with 4-H. Nevertheless, our session continued with great success!
Sixteen participants, comprised of five families and tree facilitators, enjoyed a meal from Panera followed by youth and parent breakout sessions. Through open discussion, parents and caregivers identified stresses that their youth are currently facing and the qualities that they value in their youth. In the youth breakout session, they participated in icebreakers to get to know one another. Facilitators led youth in visualizing dreams and setting goals for their future.
As caregivers and youth reconvened, parents guessed youth’s posters based on their known goals and dreams for their future. All parents were successful in matching their posters! In the remaining time, youth and parents discussed their aspirations for the future. Regardless of a tornado, we successfully continued the program and ended on time!