4/15/19 Week 5: Each group meeting this week focused on communicating effectively. During the Youth session, the participants were “pressured” by a facilitator to do something that would cause negative consequences. We used examples such as vandalizing a teacher’s car because they received bad grades on an unexpected exam, or going over to a friend’s house while their parents were out of town and raiding the “secret stash” of liquor. The youth were shown four different steps they could use to resist peer pressure and how to communicate their convictions clearly when they are in an uncomfortable situation.
The parents were shown how to listen to their child’s problems without immediately giving a solution or telling them what to do. Taking time to listen for how the other person feels was a main focus of the night. During the family session we put everything together and practiced active listening and solving family problems in a productive manner so that everyone’s voice is heard.
One of the parents followed up with us on Tuesday and gave some incredible feedback! She said, “My daughter just made the first dinner EVER! She asked if she could (miracle). Chicken thighs, salad, red lentils mashed, and shredded carrots! I don’t know how or why this program is helping encourage my children to want to help but I don’t want it to end, and also thank you for letting us join”.