At the end of April, the 3-person team and some neighborhood friends started the 2-week expansion phase. Their goals were to start a youth movement, a junior youth group, a children’s class, and a group for parents; the team chose to build these activities to allow for a whole family to walk a path of service together.
Over ~35 collective outreach hours, the team had ~45 conversations, of which ~20 were with local youth, who were invited brief sessions and to collaborate with the animator on the junior youth group. The outreach was focused in Travers park, as well as in the couple’s apartment building, one block from the park.
The expansion phase culminated with friends and families coming together for an initial session, on the grass hill at the park. The core team was able to conduct multiple activities in parallel ( and at times, interacting ) :
The youth worked with the animator to memorize a quote of Baha’u’llah ( “ye are the fruits of one tree, and the leaves of one branch “ ), and then collaborated with the animator to prepare for the junior youth group.
The jyg had their session, which was co-facilitated by the youth ; they played games, learned the quote, and prepared to work with some of the younger children to carry out a fun shared activity, based on the quote.
There was a children’s session, facilitated by the teacher and a friend in book 3 ( mom to 2 of the children ) .
The parent’s group had meaningful conversation, enjoyed fellowship, and got to observe their kid’s groups.
At the end of the session, the youth, jy, children, and parents joined for the shared activity ; it felt vibrant.
The groups were able to begin meeting in parallel each Saturday, with core families emerging in the process.
The youth-assisted junior youth group was able to carry out a series of service projects, combining drawing + coloring, quote-learning, and seed planting. They also began their weekly study of Breezes of Confirmation. One family, whose 2 jy and 1 youth attended each week helped form a core, which they also helped to grow.
The children’s session was able to become 2 children’s classes, grouped by age, early on in the phase. However, the time which the team was able to give the program dipped, along with the attendance, while teachers were away. When the cc teacher returned , she was joined by her roommate, another tutor, who was eager to serve.
The junior youth were able to help us to meet many children and families as they organized a service project station inside the jungle gym for all of the children in the park ; their efforts helped us as a team to connect with many new families. The core team also boosted its own youth outreach efforts, as only one youth was regularly gaining experience. That youth was able to participate in a Ruhi camp, completing 2/3 of b1.
We ended the consolidation phase with better attendance across activities, another service project ( planned by some new jy ), and a push to strengthen the youth movement, with a mini-expansion and a new youth night. With just enough resources, we should now be able to provide a dedicated facilitator for the parent group.
where is our institute process at and what is the potential for starting new ones
how can we start having a flow
how (for the cc) are we seeing the parents as protagonists? e
when to strengthen or expand our program of home visits?
groups demonstrated the ability to help to strengthen groups
junior youth groups can continually develop service projects
parents often come and just hang out with the group
book 10 extracts at the beginning of the night reflections
its hard to engage the parents while teaching : )
the times where no youth came youth
its been great to have children class
i noticed the growth
the jy and youth and children are excited
we have enough resources with the status
PARENTS COMMIT MORE REGULARLY
CONTINUITY OF CONCEPTS GOING THROUGH
HOW TO ENSURE THAT THE QUALITY OF HV
INVITE PEOPLE TO PARK BUT EXPERIMENT WITH DEFAULT
ENHANCE QUALITY OF HOME VISITS
OUTREACH TO YOUTH IN THE PARK
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