11/22/19: We made the long trek across the state – literally from one of the most western counties to one of the most eastern counties – to participate in Confluence. Combined with Burke, Pender, and Nash counties, we had a large group of families to work and interact with.
Our family enjoyed spending time together during down time over the weekend, but they seemed to really appreciate the individual youth and caregiver learning sessions as well.
Saturday evening we created our Community Action Plan where the youth in our group took the lead! They found a subject they were passionate about and developed a plan for reducing stigma and increasing awareness of the correlation between substance misuse and mental health in our community.
On Sunday we were able to ride over to Nags Head and let our family have some time on the beach and the sand dunes at Jockey’s Ridge. Some of the youth in our family had never seen the ocean, so this was a wonderful new experience for them.
From a facilitators point of view, it was surprising to see how our youth jumped right in to the Community Action Planning part of the weekend. They developed an idea and came up with ways to make it happen with little imputes from the adults in the group.