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Support: Balloon Web Activity

Balloon Support Web

Ask participants to stand and form a tight circle. Instruct one participant to keep a grasp on the end of a ball of yarn (or crepe paper), name something/someone that is a support to them, and toss the ball to someone on the far side of the circle. Continue this until everyone is holding yarn and a web has formed in the center of the circle.

Toss a balloon into the center of the circle and say, “This is a young person who needs our support. Please keep him aloft!”

Continue to add balloons to the circle. (The number of balloons will depend upon how many participants you have and the level of difficulty they experience keeping balloons aloft. Keep adding until some balloons “fall through the cracks.”)

Tap someone on the shoulder and ask that they drop the yarn and move away from the circle. Observe the results. Repeat by tapping someone else to step outside the circle. Continue until the web fully collapses.

Ask the following questions:

1) How successful were their efforts to keep all the balloons up in the air?

2) What would have been needed to make it more successful?

3) What did you find frustrating?

Bullying & the Developmental Assets

Anti-Bullying Advertisment

Bullying Article in MS Word

Local Asset Champions Recognition Power Point

Local Asset Champion Organizations

Asset Champions Celebration Power Point

Council Bluffs Celebration Slides

The Power of Words

The Power of Words, a group activity.

Questions To ask your kids after, “How was your day?”

Language development is one of the most important life-long skills. Talking with young children about their day promotes language development as well as social-emotional development.

Questions to ask your kids after, “How was school today?”

All parents want their children to be successful and research indicates that their involvement makes a difference.  Staying “in touch” with your child’s school day will communicate that you care and keep you informed about day to day events.

Questions to Ask High School Kids

Select one or two questions and try them out.  You could also have your high schooler choose questions to talk about.

YELL: Youth Engaged in Leadership & Learning Curriculum

This curriculum is designed for school, program, and community leaders to support authentic youth participation, promote effective policies and practices to strengthen communities, and support young people’s personal growth.  Learn  more about YELL & the John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities.

Introduction and Table of Contents

Unit 1 – Communication

Unit 2 – Leadership

Unit 3 – Research and Action

Appendix 1 – Senior Research Project

Appendix 2 – Community Youth Development and YELL

Appendix 3 – Team Builders

Asset Checklist

Asset Checklist