It is important for young people to have a positive support team in their life to assist them in overcoming their obstacles and reaching their goals. A fun way to teach them about building positive relationships is equating it to having a great racing pit crew.
When racing down the road to success, everyone needs a good pit crew to help them maintain their speed on the way to achieving goals. As the driver of your own destiny, it is up to each of us to find a well-balanced pit crew to help us succeed.
Positive support teams – or pit crews – are the people in our lives who encourage us, coach us and teach us. To build a strong pit crew, we all need to set positive relationship goals and work to maintain good relationships. One way to do this is through “random acts of kindness” such as writing a letter to those in our lives who make up our pit crew
Have students write a surprise letter to their mothers or fathers, guardians, siblings, grandparents, teachers, ecetra. Let the students know that the letter will be sent to the person they are writing them to (if you have access to the address you can mail it for them, if not please refer to your program coordinator)
Encourage the students to include their feeling from the follow statements in their letters:
- How much that person means to them
- What they admire about that person
- Why they appreciate that person
After writing the letters, ask if they would be willing to share and why they chose that person. This is a simple but powerful exercise and will take less than 30min.