11/08/20: The Pender County Empowering Youth and Families Program (EYFP) went through Session 4 of the Powerful Families, Powerful Communities curriculum this week. The focus of this session was social media, specifically the dangers it can present to youth and how to set boundaries with its use. Caregivers must communicate with youth clearly what their expectations are for the household, be it with social media or substances like opioids. In the adult session, caregivers learned how social media can be addictive, how revealing your location online can be potentially hazardous, and how they need to keep an eye on their youth’s time spent online. Towards the end of the session, there was a group discussion on healthy use of digital resources. Families were shown how to utilize the website “Common Sense Media” and taught how to create a media contract between caregivers and youth. It was an overall very informative session for Pender County EYFP that the families responded to well.
In Yancey County, their EYFP program had Session 2 this week which focused on reflexive listening and dealing with stress. For the family meal, they created one of the EFNEP recipes for that week, the “Easy Lasagna.” The family worked on the recipe together using egg noodles, tomatoes, seasonings, and cheeses to create a tasty meal. During the youth session, they had a discussion about what stress was and each youth gave examples of what it felt like for them to be stressed out. Everyone played charades as a way to show how stress can affect the body physically and acted out events from their week that they found stressful. The youth really enjoyed this activity in particular. Afterwards, they brainstormed ways to manage that stress such as deep breathing, playing with a pet, and going somewhere different. Coming back together for the group session, the family was given their homework for the next week: spending time identifying the stressful and non-stressful parts of their day and playing board games. They were very excited about their assignment, as playing board games was one of their favorite things to do. Yancey County EYFP is excited to meet up again next week!
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