On April 12, some of the youth from the 1st and 2nd cohort joined the 3rd cohort in order to help them make further progress with their speech giving capabilities, with the assistance of Youth Justice facilitators Evan, Mahal, Jasmine and Izzy.
The session began with a check-in: Highs and Lows – where the youth mention one good thing that has been going on throughout their week (high) and one thing that has not going that well (low).
After this, the group participated in an energizer called “Something, Anything, Everything Debate.” In this energizer, a question is asked to two participants and the one who answered first had to defend this position to the rest of those in attendance, whilst keeping the speech-giving principles of T.H.E.E.V.S. in mind. After the second participant would go, the group would give feedback. Notably, most of feedback revolved around how confident the youth were when defending their position, which is indicative of them becoming more comfortable with public speaking.
Following this activity, everyone was split into pairs where youth from the 3rd cohort were partnered either with one of the facilitators present or with mentors from the 1st cohort. The main goal of this mentoring session was to help build the confidence of the youth by providing positive feedback to them on what they did well alongside showing them ways in which they could improve in the future.
The session ended with the group stating one word/sentence that reflected how they currently feel, and with the 3rd cohort presenting in a couple of weeks, nerves were understandably high.