5/11/21: After a delicious meal from Tokyo, the youth and adult participants split for their individual sessions. Our caregiver session focused on community resources and how they are necessary for a community to thrive. We developed a comprehensive list of agencies and sorted them into categories such as food assistance, youth resources, housing, etc. As the list developed, we noticed that Yancey County had an abundance of resources and, for the most part, covered most needs of individuals or families.
The youth discussed adult role models and adults they trust in their lives. Following the discussion, youth participants created thank you cards for a few of the special adults they mentioned. They were tasked with hiding them in a special place for their recipients to find them later on in the week.
We tied the lessons together with a game when it came time for the family session. We modified the classic “mine field” game and used it to showcase how sometimes individuals or families might need to rely on a community resource in order to be successful or to accomplish a goal they have set out to achieve. In this game, the youth can see the crocodile under the dots ahead, and the caregiver must rely completely on their instructions to make it through the obstacle. Success required a willingness to be vulnerable, an establishment of trust, and effective communication.