Community youth empowerment workshops start this Tuesday

Community Youth Empowerment has put together a list of workshops for this school year, covering everything from diversity to healthy relationships and financial literacy.

The organization aims to provide high school students with skills, knowledge and mentorship to help ensure youth success. The workshop series is open to middle and high school students and is not limited to Wareham students.

“This is usually a very interactive and engaging workshop with a guest speaker or someone who has expertise,” said Jowaun Gamble, the founder of the group.

He said typical workshops start with some time to settle in and get comfortable, often with a snack. Then the guest speaker will share a presentation of some general knowledge or information, followed by small group discussions before the group comes together for a larger discussion and questions and answers.

“We hope that young people are also part of the conversation and that they are able to incorporate some of the general skills or knowledge that we provide them into their daily lives,” said Gamble.

The material covered in the workshops includes skills that students will need as they enter adulthood: financial literacy, goal setting, scheduling, and mental health awareness, among other topics.

“It’s not a classroom,” Gamble said. “These are real conversations. And really, we are looking for students to tell us how they feel. We also want to be the sounding board for the students.

Events take place every second Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at the Onset Bay Center, 184 Onset Ave. Entrance is via the concrete stairs at the rear of the building.

The subjects are:

October 5: Introduction to CYE (with free food from Marc Anthony’s)

October 19: Diversity and inclusion

November 2: implicit bias

November 16: discussion on a hot topic I

November 30: Substance abuse

December 14: Mental health awareness

January 4: new year, new me

January 18: Healthy relationships

February 1: Nutrition and fitness

February 15: Hot Topic Discussion II

March 1: Automotive

March 13: Financial Literacy I

March 29: Financial Literacy II

April 12: Career exploration

April 26: Professional development ALKU

May 10: Career fair

In addition to the workshop series, CYE will be hosting a trunk or treat event on October 30 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Onset VFW at 4 Gibbs Ball Park Rd. CYE is looking for people to register their cars to distribute sweets.

Gamble said those interested in supporting CYE can spread the word to teens who might be interested in the workshops, donate or volunteer by hosting a workshop or serving as a mentor. Mentors must undergo a CORI check, fingerprinting and interview.

To learn more about CYE, visit the organization’s website Facebook page or email [email protected].

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