03/05/20 Week D: The youth made a list of the most important role models in their lives. We discussed the positive and negative impacts these role models can have on the lives of middle school aged youth. A few of the youth stated that some of their role models who are famous musicians have some negative things about them that they do not want to emulate, such as drug use and drinking. One youth stated that he looks at people like Mr. Lee as more of a role model than a rapper or musician.
The parents talked about who some of their best friends were in middle school, and whether their influence was either positive or negative. The parents discussed how they can determine if other youth are good for their youth to be friends with. Some key factors are meeting your youth’s friends and meeting their parents as well.
The families did an activity where they determined what “Friend Expectations” would look like. They realized it is good to set expectations with their youth regarding the other children they befriend.