Where can I find resources regarding "group building" activities for teens?
February 13, 2007 10:18 AM   Subscribe

Where can I find resources for "group building" activities for teens?

My agency (an alternative education program) works with young people age 13 to 18 who are not successful in a public school setting. Most of our students come to us due to behavioral difficulties at school and, without our program, would probably be expelled or suspended from school. They stay with us for 1 to 2 years with the goal to be able to successfully return to a public school setting. This group is pretty diverse racially, many are fairly low income, we're in a small urban environment (Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Michigan)

We're in the process of initiating some "Town Hall Meetings" and would like to include some group/community/trust building activities as part of this.

If you can point me towards online resources, that would be great, or perhaps books that include these kinds of activities.

As always...thanks in advance!
posted by HuronBob to Education (1 answer total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I strongly recommend the books available through Project Adventure. For straight-up games and trust-building, try the books Silver Bullets, Cowstails and Cobras II, and/or Quicksilver.
For more process-based curriculum development, try one of the Islands of Healing or Caring Classroom books.

More than anything, I really recommend you try to take one of their foundational workshops. I know their locations aren't convenient for you, but I think you'll find it worth the effort. Your workshop trainer can be an excellent (and ongoing!) resource as far as steering you towards the right books and resources.

As a (once and future) facilitator, I think that just throwing games at you without some techniques for using/framing/debriefing them in ways that add value to your program is not very helpful. That said, if you are in a place that's more of "I DON'T CARE JUST GIMMEE GAMES", then here's a nice online resource.
posted by Sprout the Vulgarian at 12:28 PM on February 13, 2007

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