During the 3rd Cohort out of Jail East’s second meeting of the new year, the Youth present began the process of constructing their Change Model which will revolve around the importance of community mentorship.
The Youth Justice facilitators, Mahal and Evan, began the day with an energizer in which they had a mini competition to see who could garner up five points by touching another person’s elbow the fastest.
Following check-in, where two Youth were present, the group had a reflection over the documentary “The Interrupters,” a film that follows three former street criminals from Chicago in their attempts to lessen violence within their communities.
Viewing this film was intended to spur thoughts and ideas on what a good change model would include. After discussing the documentary, the group went over what their ideal Mentorship based Change Model would look like. They discussed the different facets it could have, whether it be mentorship in the community, in school or even in jail.
To end the session, the facilitators left the group with a rough draft of their discussed Change Model and also with a documentary called The Mask You Live In, a film which uncovers the root causes of hyper masculinity present in society, the causes of it and how to get rid of it.