Our last outing of the quarter was about healthy relationships, which included both romantic relationships and friendships. One of the activities we did was discussing boundaries in a relationship. The students lined up and based on certain scenarios, students stepped forward if they felt comfortable with that situation or backwards if they did not. It was important to point out to the students how this activity showed that different people are comfortable/uncomfortable with different things and it is very important to be respectful and mindful. We talked about how and why it is important to always have a partner that listens to what you are okay with in a relationship (consent!). We also talked about what characteristics can be found in good friendships. The students shared with each other what they thought were important qualities for their friends to have. Overall, this outing was a way for the students to think about what type of people they want to surround themselves with and what they want out of any of their relationships.
During the fifth outing, we centered the activities around the topic of mental health. We started off the outing by creating a “Poster of Positivity,” in which students wrote compliments about their peers as well as characteristics that they liked about themselves on post-it notes. When the poster was finished, everyone took turns sharing what they wrote. The students were very touched and delighted to hear all of the nice things that their friends had to say about them. We also did some yoga and practiced breathing exercises. The students loved stretching and the coaches talked about how they can be used as methods to decrease anxiety and stress. At the end, we let the students know that the coaches at StRIVE as well as anyone in TRACE will always be there to support them.