On September 21, 2017, the third cohort of Incarcerated Youth Speaking Out for Change had their fourth session with the Youth Justice program of BRIDGES USA at Jail East. The intended outcome of the two-hour session was for everyone to finish sharing, discussing, and reflecting over their life stories and transition into covering the history of systemic factors that influence their current position within the justice system.
For check-in, the group had to name a rose (something good about their week), a bud (something blossoming in their week), and a thorn (something that is not going good with their week). This allows the students to objectively reflect over their week and to also open-up to the group and receive support in any way that is needed.
Following check-in, everyone who had not shared their life story to the group did so in five-minute increments so that everyone could have a chance to speak. A two-minute discussion followed the sharing of each life story where the students discussed what factors would have had the most beneficial change in the speaker’s life story if implemented. The one sharing then chose one of those recommendations which they think would have the greatest impact.