Monthly Archives: January 2014

Team Building Activity: Pizza Toss

The next time you’re team building with a group, try this exciting, low-cost activity that will leave participants with a new understanding of communication! 

Pizza Toss

DSC01959Time Needed: 10 – 15 minutes

Group Size: Any! Split large group into smaller groups of 5-6 participants 

Materials: Webbing or rope, tied in a circle

Directions:

  1. Have group of 5-6 participants stand around the webbing or rope in a circle.
  2. Ask them to take the rope with both hands, and hold it just above waist level.
  3. Let the group know that this is their pizza. They must work together to get the pizza just right before putting it in the oven.
  4. Ask the group to toss the pizza in the air and catch it again. Allow them time to practice.
  5. After the first toss, use the following variations:
    • Toss the pizza in the air and rotate it while tossing (they choose the direction).
    • Toss the pizza in the air and clap once before catching it.
    • Toss the pizza in the air, rotate it and clap once before catching it.
    • Toss the pizza in the air, rotate it, and spin around before catching it.

Debrief Questions:

  1. DSC01953How did you accomplish the tasks given?
  2. How did your team work together to complete the tasks?
  3. How are these tasks like working with a group in your community?

Did you try this activity? Let us know how it went!

The HEART Truth

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Are you taking care of your heart? Whether you are a youth or an adult, there are a number of things you can do to ensure that you have a happy, healthy heart now and into the future!

This month’s issue of “Inspired” features simple ideas for having a healthier heart and how to recognize signs of heart failure. Click here or on the image to access the issue and start your path to a happier heart today!

Do you have any tips you’d like to share on how to keep your heart healthy?

Youth Don’t Have to Be Rich to go to College; They Just Have to Want It!

January marks a time for new beginnings, journeys and goals. It also marks a favorite time of year when the GUIDE, Inc. and Georgia Teen Institute Staff are flooded with requests to fill out letters of recommendation for college, scholarships, grants and awards for students across the state of Georgia. We love these moments! It is such a great reflection upon the youth in our state that work hard to reach their ultimate goals.

Although we are only just a piece of the puzzle when it comes to college prep and career planning, it is important to know that it is never too early, or too late, to start. Below are some helpful links and resources that can help navigate the world of career and college planning, including the financial and long-term benefits of planning now. Share these with the youth you engage with!

  • WhyGoInfographic2GACollege411 has a wealth of information for every audience, including students, parents and educators.  It also provides the latest information on the HOPE Scholarship Program that has gone through some recent changes.
  • Federal Student Aid provides excellent checklists for academic and, maybe even just as important, financial success.  They have broken the lists down by age – even as early as elementary school!
  • Though there is a fee associated with Foundation Grants to Individuals Online, it is a one-stop shop to finding scholarships, grants and fellowships for anyone seeking out funding assistance.  Just think, a one-month $20 subscription could bring in enough money to pay for college.
  • My Next Move provides tools and resources that can help with career planning depending on the student’s interests.  Students can even take a quiz to see what their interests are and how they relate to the world of work.
  • Among other resources, Gear Up Oregon has put together a comprehensive set of guidelines to help create an environment for success!
  • The College Board is another excellent resource where students can register and take practice tests for the SAT, search for colleges across the nation, find financial aid information and create a step-by-step college plan.

It is never too late for youth to begin researching and planning their college and career path. Talk to youth about taking the time to invest in their future! Do you know of any other helpful resources? If so, please share them with us!

Youth Spotlight: Josselyn Garcia

Josselyn Garcia joined the Youth Advisory Board (YAB) at GUIDE, Inc. in 2010. YAB provides students the opportunity to create positive community change through various projects dedicated to the prevention of underage drinking and substance abuse. Josselyn was voted as the 2013-2014 YAB President based on her previous years of commitment to not only the organization, but to living a drug- and alcohol-free lifestyle.  She has also previously served as the Secretary and as a committee chair. 

Josselyn demonstrates very strong leadership skills. As the President of YAB, she presides over all meetings, acts as the lead on all community events, serves on GUIDE’s Board of Directors and does all of the above with a positive attitude and dedication unlike many students her age.

A senior at Norcross High School, Josselyn was instrumental in starting a Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) club this year with the help of her teachers and peers. Because of Josselyn’s dedication, Norcross had a successful Red Ribbon Week in October with activities that included signing a drug free pledge, guest speakers, and programming for their freshman leadership program.

In addition to her role as YAB President, Josselyn continues to be involved in a number of other activities. She was recently nominated and accepted as a member of Mothers Against Drunk Driving’s (MADD) National Teen Influencer Group, out of only nine spots awarded nationally. In addition, CNN en Español and HLN’s Raising America spotlighted Josselyn and her positive influence in and around her community. She also participates as a youth staff in our organization’s annual summer program, Georgia Teen Institute

Josselyn accomplishes all of the above while continuing to stay grounded in what she finds most important, her family and friends. It is evident by her relationship with the people around her that Josselyn is dedicated and loyal. Her loyalty extends to all that she comes across: GUIDE YAB, SADD club, her school’s honors program, MADD National Teen Influencer Group and her family and friends.

Josselyn displays leadership and vision on a daily basis, which continues to make an incredible difference in the lives of those around her. GUIDE is so proud of the impact Josselyn has had on her community. We are looking forward to continue to watch her grow as a leader in college and for years to come.  Thank you, Josselyn, for being such a bright and dedicated visionary!