YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

All of Full Circle of Lake County’s Youth Programs are rooted in the Social Emotional Learning (SEL) framework of 5 Core SEL Competencies developed by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL).

Every program seeks to develop youth SEL competence through prosocial activities, curriculum-based content, and leadership opportunities.

Full Circle offers program groups for High School age youth, Middle School age youth, and 4th & 5th graders.

Scroll down to learn more about each age group’s programming

HIGH SCHOOL

Full Circle has offered High School prevention programs since the 1994-1995 school year.

Led by Bill Nelson, we offer the following groups for high school age youth:

W(rec)K-LESS is our high school prosocial activities group.  Youth in this program participate in a wide variety of positive activities, from swimming to outdoor sports, from arts and crafts to movie nights.  Participants develop strong peer relationships as they try new things or engage in favorite activities together. 

This program group is open to any high school age student living in Lake County, and transportation and snacks are provided by Full Circle at each activity.

Youth Action Squad groups meet after-school.  In addition to having fun together, YAS participants design and implement prevention and promotion campaigns at school and in the larger community, using Random Acts of Kindness content to inspire some ideas.

YAS students design community surveys about pressing health and safety concerns in the community, they administer the survey to community members (especially their peers), they analyze survey responses, and then share the learnings from that analysis with community stakeholders, e.g. school leadership, local government, and law enforcement agencies, advocating for changes they believe will benefit youth in Lake County.

In leading these projects, youth develop SEL, meaningfully practice leadership and advocacy, drive positive community change, and strengthen their voices.

These program groups are open to any high school age student living in Lake County, and transportation and snacks are provided by Full Circle at each activity.

Be Awesome is a youth leadership group that traditionally met weekly at lunchtime, but now meets on Fridays. Youth is this group design and implement prevention and promotion campaigns at school (using Random Acts of Kindness content to inspire some ideas) including fun, educational activities that they lead for their peers during lunch.

Due to COVID-19, Be Awesome is instead designing social norming poster campaigns throughout the school and other outreach in line with school and public health health and safety guidelines.  Be Awesome participants often collaborate with YAS participants in the work of community mapping and school-wide advocacy.

Be Awesome youth develop SEL, meaningfully practice leadership and advocacy, drive positive school-wide change, and strengthen their voices.

This program group is open to any high school age student living in Lake County, and snacks are provided by Full Circle at each activity.

In Boogie Down Productions, an after-school, prosocial program, young people learn and practice how to be a disc jockey (DJ).  They are able to spend positive time with one another, deepening peer relationships and developing SEL, while also developing DJ skills.

BDP participants also discuss the lyrics to popular songs, noting whether the artist promotes positive, healthy behaviors or negative, risky behaviors and what influence this has on them and their peers.

This program group is open to any high school age student living in Lake County, and transportation and snacks are provided by Full Circle at each activity.

Check out Full Circle High School Programs in the paper!

The Leadville Herald Democrat wrote an article about Youth Action Squad’s and Be Awesome’s work evaluating community safety

MIDDLE SCHOOL

Josh Propfe and Margarita Perea lead our Middle School Adventure Social-Emotional Learning groups. In response to COVID-19, our 7th/8th grade groups and 6th grade groups are a little different in how they are offered. Read about each in detail here:

These groups of 6th grade Lake County Intermediate School students meet during students’ off-day or enrichment time that exists as a result of the school’s chosen hybrid model. Participants meet twice weekly for 5 weeks at a time to participate in both a wide-variety of prosocial activities, including indoor and outdoor recreation, arts & crafts, etc. and in Random Acts of Kindness curriculum-based lessons and kindness projects. 

Youth develop peer relationships, try new and different activities, and develop SEL skills with the support of program staff. We plan for this program to be offered to every Lake County School District 6th grade student attending school in person this year, and transportation and snacks are provided by Full Circle at each activity.

These groups meet weekly after-school to participate in a wide-variety of prosocial activities, including indoor and outdoor recreation, arts & crafts, movie nights, etc. Youth develop peer relationships, try new and different activities, and develop SEL skills with the support of program staff. 

To further SEL development, participants will complete community service projects and kindness projects based on the Random Acts of Kindness curriculum. This program group is open to any student in 7th or 8th grade living in Lake County, and transportation and snacks are provided by Full Circle at each activity

MENTORING

Mentoring Program is the program that started Full Circle back in 1991.

Today’s Mentoring Program includes a group activity component as well as the mentor-youth match pair component. Giulia Russell and Erica Garcia lead and support the Mentoring Program.

Most years these out-of-school time groups are open to referred 4th and 5th graders, but this year, due to the pandemic, the Mentoring Adventure SEL groups are open only to 5th grade Lake County Intermediate School students. The groups meet during students’ off-day or enrichment time that exists as a result of the school’s chosen hybrid model. 

Participants meet twice weekly for 5 weeks at a time to participate in both a wide-variety of prosocial activities, including indoor and outdoor recreation, arts & crafts, etc. and in Random Acts of Kindness curriculum-based lessons and kindness projects. 

Youth develop peer relationships, try new and different activities, and develop SEL skills with the support of program staff. We plan for this program to be offered to every Lake County School District 5th grade student attending school in person this year, and transportation and snacks are provided by Full Circle at each activity.

Full Circle of Lake County recruits and trains adult volunteers in the community to be mentors to referred youth in the program.  Community members, from school staff to parents, refer to the program 4th and 5th grade youth that could benefit from an additional positive adult influence in their lives.

Our Mentor Coordinator, Giulia, pairs these youth with trained volunteer mentors and these match pairs spend about 1 hour per week together.  Full Circle offers monthly activities for mentors and youth to attend (or participate in remotely) all together. 

The match program provides an additional trusted, positive, supportive adult relationship in the lives of participating youth and both youth and adult participants develop greater connection to the community. If you are interested in becoming a mentor, fill out this form and Mentoring Program staff will contact you.

Contact Giulia Russell with any questions or to refer a young person to the program.