Monday, November 14, 2016

Casady Youth LEAD OKC MENTOR'S Reflection

This coming Thanksgiving Day
I am thankful for YAC and YLOKC

Reflection on YLOKC @ Camp Classen, November 12th and 13th
Casady's Delegation

35 students and 6 mentors from OKC, Edmond, Stillwater and  what places did I forget?... Public, Private, online, home school teens participated.

After having an incredible day of reflection on identity, diversity and enhancing communication skills by learning how to handle challenging conversations, the Youth LEADers spent the evening brainstorming projects, presenting passions, categorizing do-ability, and selecting the one project YLOKC will facilitate for the OKC community in 2017





Cultural Tapestry - Oklahoma Standard
An Oklahoma Cultural Tapestry Day 
     Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum
To inform people of Oklahoma Teens' cultural diversity and break cultural divisions through listening

Follow-up, communication, to do list with
responsibilities and deadlines will follow-up
after date is set with the Oklahoma National
Memorial and Museum Education and Oklahoma
Standard Directors, Lynn Porter and Zac Fowler

The retreat ended on Sunday morning with an ice-breaker facilitated by a Youth Leader followed by a recap of project planning by mentor, Shannon,  and directives regarding project management via google docs and communication via e-mail.  There were a couple of reflective final experiences, "the shower curtain", and the circle of words

Process of the Retreat

Youth LEAD Retreat: Agenda    2016

10:00 – 10:30      Check in and Settle in

10:30 – 11:00      Introductions and Icebreakers
·         Why intros and agenda setting
·         RW intros, packets
·         Catagories, partner challenges

11:00 – 12:00      Team Building and Building Teams
·         How to build great teams, strengthen great teams and make the most of great teams
·         Trust: Electric Fence, What I need
·         Balance: True Colors and group roles
·         Process versus product

12:00 – 12:30      Lunch

12:30 – 1:30         The Art and Science of the Icebreaker
·         The how’s and why’s of icebreakers from design to implementation
·         Icebreakers 101
·         Play and disect

1:30 – 2:30           Managing Difficult Conversations, the value of engaging diversity
·         How to listen between the lines, ask questions that seek understanding and strengthen the tools to find value and navigate through the most difficult conversations
·         New version of Know it Feel it Own it, three rounds

2:30 – 4:30           Big Outdoor Break!!! Fun and Bonding

4:30 – 5:30           Let the Project Planning Begin
·         Take the group through the project planning process for the big spring project from visioning to tracking results and impact.
·         Intro and project ideas from leaders 4:30 – 4:40
·         Open space, identity, root causes, why? 4:40 – 4:50
·         Check back in and decide on project one: impact, passion, identity connection 4:50 – 5:00
·         Visioning: what do we see? What is different? 5:00 – 5:10
·         Choose project chairs: Lead through developing of smart goals5:10 – 5:20
·         Project team: 5:20 – 5:30 (check in on the group roles sheet)

5:30 – 6:30           Dinner break

6:30 – 8:30           Final Project Prep
·         Putting the finishing touches on their project idea and work plan, prepare to present workshop to the group.
·         Choose chairs
·         Committee goals and Action Plans
·         Check in and report back at 7:30

8:30 – 9:00           Project Presentations - chairs
·         Participants present project as if they were asking for support from a funder, community leader or POTUS.

8:00 – 10:00         Evening activities

Special thanks to Shannon and Whitney for bringing Roots and Wings Training and Consulting to facilitate the retreat. 
A huge thank you to the YMCA Teen Initiatives for supporting YLOKC with organization of the retreat, funding, supplies, and their beautiful Camp Classen
The YMCA Youth LEAD Retreat was facilitated by Roots and Wing's CEO Tabitha May Tolub





Tabitha stated that Youth LEADers, as they plan to use ice breakers for their STUCO, YAC, faith sased Youth Groups, etc., she is only an e-mail or phone call away to help select them according to the need.  Her contact information is in the pocket provided at the retreat


Colors Tests

Communication Training

 Speaking and Listening
Attentive, concentrating on what is being said, not interrupting.  Body language minimized
1 minute of just listening to the other person talking.  Then asking 3 questions