On February 1, the 3rd cohort IYSOC from Jail East made progress on how their ideal change models would look and began taking steps to improve their public speaking skills.
The session began with an energizer where the group stated three things about themselves and raced to see who they could find that had these three things in common with them.
The check-in followed this, where four youth were present with Evan facilitating for the day. Then the group had a short reflection over the documentary “The Mask You Wear,” a film that investigates the root causes of hyper-masculine standards in society and how this affects the psychology of young males and damages society as a whole. With the youth continuing to garner ideas about a potential Change Model centered around mentorship in the community, films such as this are important as they set a clear goal which needs to be met within all communities: to foster an environment where everyone can be themselves and not have to conform to harmful social standards, stereotypes or influences.
After discussing the film, the group looked over their Change Model draft that they constructed in the previous session and made two more detailed versions of it. Although it is still a work in progress, the youth are making significant advances with each session with the assistance of the programs facilitators. Soon, the youth will have a final Change Model which they will present in front a number of people, possibly changing the lives of dozens.
In order to prep for such engagements, the Youth Justice facilitators had the group practice their public speaking skills. They did this by dividing the youth into two groups and giving them five minutes to come up with new ideas and two minutes to prep for the presentation of these ideas and then finally presenting them, following the model laid out by the acronym THEEVES (Tone, Hands, Eyes, Emotions, Volume and Speed/Pace). After presenting their ideas, they received feedback from the facilitators on all they did right and where they may need to improve.