10/22/20: Summary of Session A of Powerful Families in Carteret County by Jessica Vasquez of the Carteret County Health Department:
On the evening of Thursday, October 22, 2020 the first session (A) of Carteret County’s Powerful Youth Powerful Communities was held. Due to COVID-19 safety and health guidelines the class was held virtually via ZOOM. There were six youth present and two parents.
Despite the technical difficulties experienced during the first twenty minutes, everyone powered through. It was enlightening to see the youth persisting and working hard, joining their caregivers in trying to set up the sound so that facilitators can be heard by the group clearly. What I enjoyed the most was seeing the youth engage with facilitators during the Counting Up game. It was fun to have them work together, listen, count up while they were all in the same room and then the facilitators continued the countdown through the screens. We all continued together until we were in unison and got the game right!
The most impactful part was when the youth took time to think, write down or draw and share some quality characteristics. As they were sharing, I could hear the confidence in their voice starting to build up as they noticed the difference of who they were in elementary school versus who they are now in middle school. It was also great when the youth recited the program creed, they were bold and strong when they recited it. I really believe this program will assist the youth to make better and wiser choices as they navigate the next couple of years and life.
The parents also seemed to enjoy it as well. Lee Stiles, EYFP Facilitator, shared that the caregivers said that the youth had a great time and were talking about the session afterwards. One of the parents shared that her youth expressed how much they enjoyed Session A of Powerful Families. I was proud of how the youth were participating and answering our questions, despite this being the first time they met me and perhaps the three other facilitators/staff on the call.