Last week, the Columbia Boys and Girls Club held a student parent workshop. The goal of the workshop was for parents to understand what their children are facing as they grow up and how to communicate with them. Although the workshop was intended for 6th graders, students of different ages also attended.
When the workshop started, the kids went into a different room, while their parents listened to a presentation by Julio Lagos. He explained that their kids were now becoming teenagers and it’s to have important to have good communication with them. He addressed many topics on what parents should be talking about to their children. Some subjects included: values, how their children view the world differently, friendships with others, and romantic relationships.
While the parents were listening to the presentation, the students were in the art room creating individual paintings that where contributions to a larger group painting. As they painted, facilitators Theresa Alvarez and Luis Garcia started a casual group conversation with the students. They asked questions about peer pressure, pressure from parents, and if they liked their school.
After the workshop, students displayed their artwork for their parents to see. They all joined and ate a healthy homemade dinner while parents talked about what they learned and kids talked about their painting.