Recently John returned to our program after six months away.
Friend/mentor Corey was excited to talk about his resilience
transitioning back into the clubhouse after an absence.
Corey spoke about how John participated in a Nerf battle in the park
with Joe and some of his youth. Corey loved watching a friendship spark
between John, Jacob and Jules. John and Jacob even played together
recently in their neighborhood.
Building positive relationships is a key part of our program, and it
is even more important after a long absence, such as the one John
experienced. We are so glad to have John back and be able to watch him
grow and develop relationships with other youth.
Resiliency During Transition
Amber has been going through a lot of transition recently–two new
cities and three new schools in the past six months. All of this
movement has been difficult for her and has lead to a low attendance
rate at school.
Recently while on an outing, Friend/mentor Sarah asked Amber whether
she was excited about summer. Amber responded, “No, school won’t be
happening.” Sarah suggested they set a goal for her new school. Amber
quickly responded, “Well, I really want to have good attendance.”
She and Sarah decided to set a goal starting with perfect attendance
for March. With only three weeks of school (due to Spring Break), they
felt like March was a great month to start improving her attendance.
Sarah described feeling deeply proud of Amber and her resilience
during a complicated time and are both excited to work toward their goal
together (and decided to go to the arcade to celebrate!). Our whole
team is proud of the Perseverance and Grit (a Core Asset) she is showing
by working hard to be in school every day!
Creating Comic Book Characters
Joe has been struggling to get Jacob to eat a healthy diet. On their
recent outing, Joe was ready to have to compromise with Jacob about what
he ate. He had experienced meals with Jacob before and was sure it
would not be an easy conversation.
Instead, Jacob was excited to order what he wanted from the breakfast
menu. They brought in paper to draw and ended up eating and drawing for
an entire hour! They used three whole legal pad pages and created their
own superhero comic book. They drew costumes, created powers and even
developed a family tree. During their next outing, they plan on
developing an entire story around their character.
Joe had a blast watching Jacob use his creative side and find his
spark (a Core Asset), especially since Jacob had struggled in the past
to communicate his ideas and express his creativity.
A few days later, Jacob waved at Friend/mentor Corey when he saw him
at school and ran over to tell him about his comic book. Jacob rarely
reaches out to others like this, and it put a huge smile on Corey’s face
to see Jacob's excitement!
I Like School Now
Lincoln is still pretty new to Friends–Central Oregon. He and Andrew
met just a few months ago. Lincoln has struggled to listen to authority
figures and was generally reserved and closed off. Because of some
behavioral issues in school, he has only been allowed to go to school
for half days–for possibly up to six months.
Andrew mentioned that Lincoln had been highly motivated by their
outings–telling Andrew he wants to pause time on their car rides home, so they have more time together. Andrew saw this as an opportunity to
help Lincoln improve his behavior and increase his time at school.
In just three weeks of half-days and time spent with Andrew, Lincoln
is listening to his teachers more and has increased his time at school.
Recently he told Andrew, “I really like school now.”
As Andrew recounted Lincoln's changing behavior, he mentioned seeing
him laugh and giggle recently for the first time ever. A moment Andrew
saw as an important milestone in their relationship and in Lincoln’s
It is difficult to pinpoint just one Core-Asset that has been a part
of Lincoln’s recent change in behavior. It seems he has grown in so many
ways. We are so proud of you, Lincoln. Keep working hard!