Purpose: To create a safe learning environment where groups work on behaviors that support success
Materials: Paper and markers
Introduction: This group Name uses the concept of a recipe to list the ingredients needed to make a good experience and to achieve individual and group goals. Ask group members what the group's goals are, as well as what they hope to learn, and what life skills they hope to get better at. The desired behaviors after the program is over should be made part of the goals. The purpose of the program is to learn information and life skills that can be used in the future, so what happens after the program is very important.
Have group members write down the answers to the following questions on their recipe card.
As a result of the program, I will be able to ____________________.
As a result of the program, I will be able to use my new knowledge to ___________________.
As a result of the program, I will be able to use my improved life skills to _____________________.
Ask group members what their recipes are for a successful group and what behaviors it takes to be successful as a group. Ask them what behaviors (or ingredients) are in a successful group (cooperation, respect, fun, etc.), and what behaviors, individual and group, if done well, will help them as a group.