Youth Network – 10/07/2020

Focus:  Mental Health, Life Skills

Present:

Day One Youth Advocates: 

  • Ashley
  • Nancy
  • Keary
  • Estrella
  • Emily
  • Jessica
  • Demond 

Library Teen Advisory Board or Youth Interns:

  • Jane
  • Natalie
  • Noah
  • Jasmine
  • Brenden

Library patrons: 

  • Dylan
  • Luna

 

Agenda and Notes

Notes from last meeting (Sept 2020)  http://pasadena-library.net/teens/2020/youth-network-september-2020/


Icebreaker: What do you like about yourself?

 

Vision Board activity: 

Today’s activity will help develop your public speaking skills, increase motivation and mental health, network with your peers, and give you tools and actionable steps for healthier living. Additionally, if you’re not familiar with using Google Slides collaboratively, this will also improve your skills.

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  1. Explanation of exercises and prompts (10 minutes)
    1. Exercise – Motivational vision boards:  For each prompt, use words or images to convey your thoughts
    2. Prompts – add your name only if you feel comfortable
      1. Joy triggers – something that is usually within reach that instantly makes you feel better (sometimes this is a scent, a person, a movement that you do)
      2. Gratitude (for the small things)
      3. Self care (to keep you on track or habits that you’re proud of)
      4. Goals (focus on your own efforts rather than the outcome, especially if outcome depends on other people or situations you can’t control; sometimes it helps to focus on the feeling rather than the title or thing)
      5. New habits (new healthy habits you want to start)
      6. Curiosity – a topic or idea that you’re curious about (could be a new hobby or just something you’re interested in learning more about)
      7. Affirmations & motivational quotes
        1. Affirmations are positive statements that can help you overcome negative thoughts. They are aimed to positively affect your behavior by changing your thinking patterns.
  2. Breakout rooms (40 minutes)
  3. Regroup and share (5 minutes) – group leaders will share group’s vision board
    1. Next steps – action steps you can take (make it realistic)
    2. Try your new habit – just one minute a day and see how you feel

Resources

  • Here to Thrive podcast #50
  • The Mindful Kind podcast #81-86
  • Brene Brown – for some great affirmations

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