6/7/19: Families from cohort 2 and cohort 3 were brought together to share what two families experienced at Family Confluence weekend and to further plan the joint community event.
The session opened with yummy food, followed by introductions with each participant sharing a way that EYFP had impacted their family during the time between when the direct education classes ended and this booster session. Two youth and one adult shared what they had learned at Confluence.
One adult participant led the group in a team-building activity that helped the group identify the importance of communication, shared leadership, joint commitment to goals, the importance of recognizing various strategies, as well as encouragement and positivity for all group members.
Following the activity, participants continued planning the community event. Although the date has not yet been confirmed, we are hoping to engage the Poe Center to deliver presentations to youth and adults separately and possibly conduct an educational booth fair afterward to further enhance learning.
In the time since the ending of the EYFP sessions and this planning meeting, parents observed and shared the following impacts:
-Having more conversation (and more open conversation) among family members
-Building community ties and networks
-Improving relationships with family members
-Being able to set future-oriented goals (one family shared that their youth signed up for middle school electives, and instead of signing up for all “fun” things that they would enjoy, they signed up for classes that were going to help them in the future)
-Focusing on quality family time
-Using my brain to make “smart” decisions
-One parent shared that they challenged their youth to “earn” a privilege of having a much wanted pet and that she was extremely pleased with the successful way he has handled this new responsibility
-Understanding my kids’ point of view better
-Learned to step away more and walk away instead of engaging in harsh and critical conversations. “I’m not bullying my children anymore – I’m just simply communicating now”
-Being more controlled and intentional with responses to stressful situations
-“This program gave my daughter a voice to discuss feelings and issues
-This program helped me daughter build relationships with community leaders (i.e. 4-H Agent/FCS Agent) that she looks forward to now and feels important to someone other than family