The 1st and 2nd cohort of IYSOC from 201 Poplar had their first meeting of the new year on January 26 where they participated in different team building activities which aims at improving their faciliatory skills.
The energizer for the day was a competition where the first person to do a specific task that the facilitator asked wins. After this, a check-in followed where five youth were present.
The group first participated in an activity called Team Types, an activity that helps to better understand team dynamics. This activity divided people up into four categories: North (doers), South (nurturers), East (visionaries) and West (analysts). In this activity, the youth moved into the category where they saw themselves fit and were given questions to reflect over how they feel about their role and how they might work well or worse off with other roles. The goal of this activity is to be able to understand that there are different people within groups being facilitated and how being aware of these differences can affect how effective a facilitation is, particularly by being able to understand and work through complex group dynamics that may be present.
Next, the group participated in a debrief of the Mainstream and Margins activity. This debrief exhibits what is normal (or mainstream) for a group as well as what is considered outside of the box (margins). Being aware of this allows a group to be cognizant of and make better use of strengths and weaknesses as well as what needs to be done to be more inclusive of people who can help but are discouraged to contribute because they feel marginalized or as if they’re “outside the box.”
In closing the session, the group was assigned to watch “In an Ideal World,” a documentary that delves into the lives of inmates at a correctional facility in California, emphasizing the different aspects of “prison culture” and many other factors that are often left out of legal and academic dialogue regarding incarceration.