Target audience: Youth in grades 6 – 8 and their parent(s)/guardian(s)
# of Participants: 15 youth + 15 parents/guardians
Focus: Empowering youth and adults to be contributing members of their families and communities
Duration: one (1) day for three (3) hours
Goals: To empower parents and children with the self-esteem and self-confidence to be contributing member of their families and communities. These goals align with our mission of countering the effects of violence in our communities by turning fear, anger, and hate into acceptance, hope and self-empowerment, bridging endless possibilities through the creative process.
Release the Fear’s Generation program focuses on under-served youth and families. This program helps strengthen and bridge a better sense of understanding of the other’s challanges. Often the parent/guardian does not realize what their child faces daily, including bullying, peer pressure, gangs, lack of self-confidence and low self-esteem. Participants will realize they have a life purpose, and can make their dreams, their reality; find respect for each other; learn to support each other; learn to work as a team; learn to better communicate; develop understanding for others; help participants learn that others share their same fears – fears that may be blocking them from discovering anything is possible, and realizing they matter!
Each workshop activity builds on the previous one with participants learning how to express themselves through drawing, learning memory building skills, understanding, respect and responsibility. With drawing activities, participants communicate feelings and ideas, overcome doubts and recognize fears, learning they can achieve their dreams.
Participants are given pre- post and interim surveys in the workshop. After each activity, they take turns as team leaders responsible for extracting inquiry from team members and reporting the findings to the entire group, i.e. how would this activity help you in your daily life, or in school, and why.