Audience: 6th - 8th grades*
Time: 75 - 90 minutes
Navigating friendships and what it means to be a good friend in middle school is challenging. Research shows that developing positive interpersonal skills with peers in early adolescence can help foster healthy relationships later in life.
In this workshop, participants assume the role of a character who is navigating one of the many friendship issues individuals in middle school confront including changing friend groups, relational aggression, and being a bystander. As the character, the participant has to make the tough choices that one may face in these situations. This workshop utilizes experiential tools including icebreakers, creative brainstorming, and role-play in a developmentally appropriate way that meets the unique needs of middle school students. Participants learn to identify signs of unhealthy friendships and to use tools to help themselves or a friend.
*Complementary parent workshop available.