Get Real: talking circles for youth

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After years of working with young people, one of the most common refrains we hear is the desire for “realness” - to get real. Young people are hungry to connect with one another in an authentic way.

At Get Real: Talking Circles in the Park, you decide what we talk about. A couple adults help keep the conversation flowing, but mostly you get to hear your peers explain what they really think about difficult questions. And…you get to be listened to. Deeply heard. It isn’t required to say anything and no one is pressured. But you’ll be amazed how cool it is when everyone in the circle speaks their mind and listens.

This summer, we have three Get Real sessions to drop into:

Thursday, June 27, 12pm - 1:15pm

Thursday, July 18, 12pm - 1:15pm

Thursday, August 8, 12pm - 1:15pm

Location: Washington Park, Eugene (Washington and 19th Ave.)

Keep scrolling for info about who we are and how these circles work.

Our trained council leaders. From left: Terry Mitchell, Elizabeth Shapiro, Rob Miller, Debra Braun, and Geena Glaser

Our trained council leaders. From left: Terry Mitchell, Elizabeth Shapiro, Rob Miller, Debra Braun, and Geena Glaser

Cascadia Quest offers a platform that fosters authentic relating for adolescents. GET REAL: Talking Circles For Youth is based on one of the most effective and essential elements of our youth programming--The Practice of Council.

The Practice of Council

Talking circles, or councils, are an ancient way of creating a safe space for genuine communication and deep listening. The practice of council substantially increases social and emotional intelligence, while cultivating group cohesion. Council provides an opportunity to explore the vulnerable topics on young peoples' minds. It allows for the creative expression of each person's gifts, and the integration of stories from the margins of adolescent experience.

Our Council Leaders

Cascadia Quest has several trained council facilitators with a variety of backgrounds accustomed to working with youth. Additionally, they have all mentored in our youth initiation programs.

Contact:
Elizabeth Suzanne Shapiro, LCSW
(917) 414-2713
CASCADIAQUEST.ORG
circles.cascadia@gmail.com