I have to be brutally honest…I wasn’t sure how today was going to go. These students were really quiet and sometimes had a hard time following along and respecting each other, but by the end of the trainings, these teens showed me they had everything it takes to put together a successful project and more!
This was the second time we added additional empathy, listening, and vulnerability exercises and the group responded really well. Students began to open up to their peers and share themselves, which is so hard to do during adolescence. We found out we had so much more in common than we had ever imagined. It was also fun that throughout the day the whole student support staff department stopped by, including the psychologist, social worker, and SAP coordinator! We had a blast learning more about the importance of talking to an adult we trust when someone is going to harm themselves or others.
After learning a lot more about themselves and each other, the group came up with some great ideas for their Spring service-learning projects. Although sometimes it’s hard to think about how to make an impact through social change, once they got started, they realized the possibilities were endless!
Kudos, Propel-Braddock, for exceeding any and all expectations and I look forward to seeing your work as you STAND TOGETHER against stigma and educate your peers!
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