How does the Right Moves for Youth group format work?
Our groups are dynamic and multifaceted. One might say that we utilize a psychoeducational group structure with a process-oriented edge. Psychoeducational groups are more structured and focus on providing information about specific topics in order to give additional resources or information. In our groups, the participant is provided with specific topics or modules to discuss and learn (i.e. curricula). Process-oriented groups consist of people who meet regularly for the common purpose of finding out more about themselves-who they are and what it is that they would like to change in their lives and relationships with others. Process groups provide participants with an opportunity to identify destructive patterns of relating and to gain insight into those patterns to potentially remedy them. Process groups also provide opportunities to identify healthy patterns of relating so they can be reinforced and strengthened.
Specifically, working with students in grades 6 through 12, a RMFY group or "club" consists of 15-30 students who have been referred to our program. A trained and qualified RMFY staff member works with other adult volunteers to facilitate RMFY club meetings at school sites on a weekly basis for 45-60 minutes. During club times, students participate in interpersonal and intrapersonal activities through structured life skills lessons, group discussion, career exploration, service learning and/or community engagement. During club meetings, students have the opportunity to express themselves, gain new skills, self-reflect, and track their own progress. Through this interaction, students find personal significance in graduation, and create a meaningful plan for post-graduation success.