11/16/20: In Yancey County, NC 4-H Empowering Youth and Families Program (EYFP) had their third session of the Powerful Families curriculum. The night started off with families preparing an Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) recipe for beef tacos after receiving all the ingredients they would need from EYFP facilitators. After dinner, the session commenced with the weekly topic of choice-making, particularly in regards to safe choices versus risky choices. For the youth half of the session, they practiced on how to say “No” in different situations such as with siblings or when asked to engage in risky behaviors. Facilitators guided youth through roleplay exercises and they also discussed safe choice tools with the youth. For the caregivers section, they built off their last lesson of reflexive listening and introduced the skill of emotion coaching. This session was very informative for the entirety of the family and they were excited to play the new games introduced during this meeting. All participants of Yancey County EYFP had a good time.
EYFP of Pender County has also been busy. Youth learned about personality traits, what they are, which traits they themselves have, and how certain personality traits can help with good decision making. The youth responded very well to this topic, and many expressed their enjoyment of discussing each other’s personality traits. During the caregiver section, a special speaker from Virginia attended to share her personal testimony of struggling with opioid addiction. She shared with caregivers how she fell into substance misuse and how she was able to become a person in recovery through a rehabilitation program, ultimately saving her life. Families also played a ball game where youth and caregivers alike shared what they had learned through the EYFP programming. Afterwards, everyone talked about the upcoming Pender County EYFP Community Action Planning Day.
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