Speak Out, Play Out, Action and Relationships
The next SPAR session will run between April 4th and June 6th on Tuesday afternoons from 3:30 - 6:00 at multiple locations across the community.
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S.P.A.R. Program Description
Principles of Restorative Justice include building community and responding to challenging behavior by providing a safe opportunity for dialogue, understanding what happened, and discussing together ways to repair the harm. Chilliwack Restorative Justice and Youth Advocacy Association, in collaboration with Chilliwack Community Services, seek to implement a preventative program for youth by connecting them with supportive adults in their community and by providing them with a safe space where ideas and concerns can be shared.
The first part of SPAR will be facilitated in a circle: this is a way people in many cultures have traditionally come together to share their stories and talk about important issues.Everyone sits together in a circle, creating a safe, non-judgmental atmosphere where stories and experiences are shared around the day's topic. Sitting in a circle removes barriers and allows for everyone to see each other while in the circle. A talking piece is also used which allows only the person who has the talking piece to talk, allowing for respectful listening and sharing.
During the circle time, there will be experiential and developmentally appropriate activities that are based on the day's lesson plan. These activities will help to ground learning and have the participants develop a greater understanding of themselves and others.
The next part of S.P.A.R. will engage the youth in pro-social recreational activities. These activities will be purposeful and will relate to the topics that are covered in the Circle Time component of the pro-gram. These recreational activities will work to develop life skills in the youth such as leadership, risk management, discipline, direction finding and resiliency. These skills will be developed through activities that require both problem solving and teamwork. Such as art projects, sport activities, initiative tasks and games.
By the group working together in the recreation activities— they will begin to put to practice the life skills that will be learned throughout the program and realize that these skills apply to their everyday lives and through practice and reflection, these youth will actualize these skills at home, school, and in their relationships.
Every meal in this program will focus on the group working together by cooking as well as practicing mindfulness and participating in meals together. The program will end with a celebration BBC/ at Harrison Hot Springs Beach for all successful youth who graduate the program.
Post Program Follow-up
Throughout the program, the group will talk about the importance of practicing the skills the youth will learn while in the program. As a part of this, the staff and youth will work together to connect youth to the community through mentorship and volunteer opportunities. Youth will also be given opportunities for self-reflection that will challenge them to evaluate everything they are learning, but also how they want to change for the better.