3/30/21: After a yummy meal from Subway, we transitioned into our individual sessions by playing the Candy Game! This is one of our favorite ice breakers because you get to learn things about the other participants and facilitators, and everyone finds things they have in common that wouldn’t come up in normal conversation.
The youth set up their group expectations and then spent time reflecting on who they are now and who they were five years ago. Once they completed the reflection activity, they moved on to the #MyLife portion of the session where they used mixed media to create an image of who they are today. At the bottom of the page they developed three hashtags that summed up who they were.
During our caregiver session we focused on adolescent development, behavior, and the 5:1 ratio theory. The caregivers were given sticky notes and a short time frame to jot down different ways they had seen changes in their youth over the last few years. They were surprised to see how many they had in common once we got them all up on the board! This sparked a great conversation that focused on development and how we react to these changes in behavior. It led us right into our activity that modeled the 5:1 ratio theory which states that for every negative interaction, there should be five positive interactions. After going through our mock-scenario of a family trying to get out the door on time for school, we all decided that it would be much easier to stay level-headed, take a breath, and react positively to situations instead of having to go back and correct our behaviors. After all, every behavior is a type of communication, so we need to think about our actions just as much as our words.
Once we were back together in a group, the families spent a large chunk of time planning out their posters for their family motto. We used magazine clippings, markers, stickers, and text/phrases to help them brainstorm. They took them home to add finishing touches, so we’re excited to see what they came up with at our next meeting!