Voyager Youth Program, in collaboration with Juvenile Diversion of Ouray County offers a monthly “Lunch Group” for 7 th and 8 th grade boys and girls. The objective of Lunch Group is to instill self-awareness, self-esteem and self-respect among the students.
While the first meeting is voluntary, if a participant chooses to continue with Lunch Group they are expected to attend all meetings from that time on, unless the student has a valid excuse. Each participant must have a permission slip signed by their parent/guardian in order to attend Lunch Group.
INTENTION OF LUNCH GROUP:
To provide a safe space to talk about the truth of one's life, and to help create a safe, caring space where others can talk about their truth without being judged or criticized.
To practice creating trust between students.
To provide an opportunity for students to experience that they are not alone
To provide a place where students can look deeply at their lives, their choices and the way they behave towards themselves and others in order to make conscious, self-loving and self determining choices.
To support critical thinking
To provide a place where participants can get feedback about the issues they face, if they want it.
To support the growth of healthy relationships.
To provide a place to practice interpersonal and group conflict resolution while exercising respect, patience, compassion, empathy, understanding and forgiveness for self and others.
To provide a place where “mistakes” can be discussed and worked through.