11/12/19 PFPC Week 5: Session D, Social Connections was introduced to the youth and caregivers to help show how social and family connections have a strong impact on their lives. Caregivers were shown how to have expectations for their youth and their peers. We discussed how to recognize positive and negative peer relations and how to guide our youth through challenging relationship issues and choices.
The youth identified positive and negative role models. They were prompted to describe their best friend and how they are a positive influence. Trust was emphasized during a game of Trust Me where they learned to rely on their partner to navigate them through an obstacle course.
For the family session they played a cooperation game to encourage them to work together as a team/unit and discussed family expectations for how the youth interact with their friends. We also discussed what activities in the community can help youth to build relationships with their peers.
One of the adult caregivers expressed how pleased she was to see her children smiling and interacting. She said that is the first time she’s seen her daughter smile in a long time and her children talk so much to her after the program. They rarely talk on other days. She is very pleased.