2018 Fall Recap
It’s hard to believe that we’ve already closed the books on 2018 with another successful season at BYEP! Fall 2018 programming consisted of 12 weeks of workshops and 10 adventures from mid-September through mid-December for participants in grades 9-12. Similar to the winter format, 115 participants and 41 mentors engaged in small group activities during weeknights and ventured out on Sundays into the community. Fall adventures included a variety of activities, with participants enjoying pottery, painting, 3D printing, escaping the Escape Room, visiting the Amaltheia Goat Farm, learning some mixed martial arts skills and more. Adventures through BYEP gave participants the chance to connect with their group on a different level, learn a new skill, and build self-confidence.
We also said goodbye to our 12th grade participants, with 22 graduates offering reflection and closure during their ceremony at Museum of the Rockies.
The overarching theme of this 9th grade session was coping strategies. As participants navigated new social scenarios, transitioned into high school, and experienced changing dynamics with friends and family, it was important for them to have tools to cope. Our curriculum included topics such as trust, self-expression, and emotional coping skills. We also welcomed a visit from Haven, the domestic abuse shelter, to discuss healthy relationships. Through these themes we sought to help participants gain awareness and confidence to grow and thrive. We also continued themes such as teamwork, group norming and fun, as a way to strengthen group dynamics and transition smoothly into deeper concepts and group discussion.
The overall goal of this session for 10th graders was to reflect upon the past five sessions of the Approach Program and prepare the participants for their transition into Crux. We focused on identity and self-expression. These themes were used to help participants think about who they are, and the kind of life that they want to create for their future. In order to hone in on these ideas, we set the stage with mindfulness practice including meditation and our daily gratitude jar. Crux participants and program managers joined us to discuss our next session on transitions and change, also talking more specifically about the Crux Program. We also focused on community service and gratitude, with specific adventures dedicated towards giving back to the community.
Session 9 was designed for 11th graders and marked their middle point in the Crux Program. During the 12 weeks of workshops, Crux participants dove further into identity and creativity. This session also focused on internal and external conflict resolution and reinforced healthy systems for supporting independence, personal development, relationships, and future goals. Through a variety of workshops, participants refined their understanding of personal identity and discovered more tools for self-reflection and expression. We intentionally designed creative activities and physically challenging adventures to support deeper reflection and self-discovery.
The 12th grade embarked on their last season at BYEP during Session 12. This season, our seniors established a deeper understanding of their identity, future goals, and plans to attain independence. This involved creating a better understanding of resources in the community to help participants reach professional goals, and discovering options for future avenues of academia or job placement. The latter half of the session involved reflecting on what has happened during participants involvement in BYEP. Groups supported one another in their process of reflection and gained closure from their time at BYEP. 12th grade participants ended their experience feeling confident in their transition from BYEP into the next steps of adulthood. This was an all encompassing session that helped to provide closure to our amazing seniors.