Our names are Cadence and Ryan! We teach at the Kingston Youth Shelter. We have a range of young adults aged 16-22, and they are an amazing group!
We started teaching in the fall of 2016. As this is QHO’s first time teaching this group, it has been a learning experience, but an extremely rewarding one!
In a typical lesson, we generally begin with an icebreaker to get everyone warmed up and feeling comfortable. We have found this to be a great way to get them involved and interested in the topic! With this group, we keep our lessons very discussion based. We have found that with such an intimate group, this is the most effective way to teach.
So far we have had the pleasure of teaching the group about nutrition, body image, self-esteem, healthy relationships, and most recently, we covered sexual education. This topic included discussions centered on STIs, consent, contraceptives with a focus on proper condom use. In the coming weeks, we hope to discuss mental health, substance abuse and peer pressure.
This is such a great group to teach, and we are always excited to go every week! They are always eager to discuss the topic of the week and ask insightful questions. We are thrilled that we still have the next few months to continue getting to know them, and we hope that we can continue to pass on some relevant health information!