“Community is not a thing; community is people and people think, move, change, subvert, revert, denounce and develop. Community is dynamic.” ~ Dee Martin
Community participants that are confidant will step forward, take chances, grab creative moments and take risks. They will want to initiate and explore. Which is great. Building confidence also takes time. How much time? Depends on the individuals. And the group. The group dynamics will unfold and reveal itself quickly enough if given the chance. It's oh so worth it!
"There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in."~ Graham Greene
When working with a new community group (or with one that has worked together before) boosting confidence with each of the participants, no matter the age is essential. A new project is coming together which means connecting and working with different learning styles need to be considered. Creating an atmosphere for authentic learning equals a safe space to explore possibilities.
This community youth group loved and I do mean loved, improv exercises and games. Topics like diversity, anti bullying, equality and inclusion surfaced. These emotions and actions were expressed through guided improvisations. Cultivating shared realizations and passion in an environment for the
work play taking shape. Play is an intricate part in the process of the work.
"To live a creative life we must lose our fear of being wrong." ~ Joseph Chilton Pierce
Sharing our passion for discovery and play was a huge highlight of our time together. I could feel the teaching and learning moments within our group. I also felt the learning moments. For myself!
Creating a space for oneself to get focused on the task at hand is an asset for personal success. A big part of the learning experience is just taking that first step and going for it!
"Sometimes the child who has the greatest trouble getting off the ground eventually soars to the highest heights." ~ Dr. James Dobson
Community drama experiences help bring about self growth, self-discipline, personal development and passionate feelings of freedom for the
work play. Certainly a recipe for creating confidence. Confidence with some serious inner and outer shine!
* I would like to extend a very special thank you to the youth, their parents, Mr. Shawn Malcolm, (Corrdonateur des Loisirs) and the Village de Senneville for permission in using the above photos.