Thank you for conducting a tailored version of Manners Talk tm with the residents of the Teen Bridge Program for Females with LAYC (Latin American Youth Center).
Through your curriculum, you were able to bring the skills and life lessons to our girls, many of whom never learned these basics at a young age.
Due to the traumas associated with foster care, many of our youth never received the basics in social skills that are so important and critical throughout any adult life. By conducting your workshops with them, they were at least able to received a glimpse of the types of acceptable behaviours that they will need as they age out of the foster care system and enter the world as independent adults.
You were persistent, energetic, funny, and most of all patient. You were direct with the girls, letting them know your intentions and imany ways, keeping them focused on the overall goals of the program. But you made it fun, relevant, and interesting.
Never once did I feel like you lectured our girls; you instead gave them the freedom and space to express themselves, make mistakes, and explore the skills that you taught them in each session.
I want to thank you again for all that you have done.
Sandhya Narayanan, Youth Developer
Teen Bridge Program for Females
LAYC (Latin American Youth Wash, DC