Empowering Youth and Families Program Meets Face to Face!

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This week we kicked off our Spring 2021 sessions of EYFP in Yancey County!

Families stacking balls and cups

Family participants having fun competing against one another!

Two wonderful families joined us for pizza, socially distanced games, and they learned a bit more about the program. We answered questions and highlighted some of our favorite activities from the curriculum to get the families excited about our upcoming weekly sessions. We chose games that would build a sense of camaraderie and trust amongst the participants because that is such an integral part of our sessions – especially during the individual youth and caregiver sessions.

Participants standing around a basketball balanced on a cup.

The team reflecting after our attempt at the Bull Ring activity and thinking of moves that would have made the task easier

My favorite game was when we had to lift a basketball with individual strings that were tied to a leather circle. Once the team was able to lift the ball, the goal was to carry it across the room and place it on a plastic cup without knocking it over. After this activity the reflective discussion included the importance of communication, trust, and teamwork. Of course once we finished, everyone had a new suggestion for how we could have reached our goal quicker and more efficiently. It was a great beginning to our cohort! The rest of the games were played between families, so it was nice to see them open up and interact with each other.

Next week we are supposed to have a few more families join us! We are looking forward to working with these awesome youth and caregiver participants!

Mom and daughter planning their next move.

Family strategizing about how they will continue to stack their cups without them toppling over

Written By

Niki Maness, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionNiki ManessProgram Assistant, Empowering Youth and Families Program Call Niki E-mail Niki 4-H Youth Development
NC State Extension, NC State University
Updated on Mar 26, 2021
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