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Get Real

Get Real is an educational and supportive group for teens in foster care that provides a safe place to share experiences and explore feelings about foster care and adoption. The group is co-led by a member of the Adoption Network Cleveland staff and a young adult who aged out of foster care or was adopted from foster care who is able to share personal challenges and accomplishments with teens who are currently in foster care.

Get Real provides a great opportunity for teens to listen to others share their experience; to talk about their own experiences of foster care; and to share their hopes for the future in a safe and supportive environment.

Meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month for girls and the second Tuesday of the month for boys at the Maple Heights Library. Each session includes a light supper and activities. The group is open to teens 14 and older who are in permanent custody in Cuyahoga County.

For more information about Get Real or to make a referral for a youth, contact Donikea Austin, Program Coordinator–Youth Services at (216) 482-2334 or donikea.austin@adoptionnetwork.org.

Click here for a 2018 Get Real flyer.

 

2018 Get Real Dates & Topics

  • January 4 (Girls) and 9 (Boys): New Year, New You

    Youth will reflect on the past year and create goals for the upcoming year. Youth will identify hopes and goals and new challenges. Youth will be encouraged to identify how their personal strengths and challenges will contribute to achieving these goals.

  • February 1 (Girls) and 13 (Boys): Is this Love? (Relationship/Intimacy)

    Youth will identify challenges in maintaining relationships, and problem solve ways of dealing with those challenges. Youth will gain and understanding of how to create meaningful close emotional connections to others while learning effective communication in healthy relationships.

  • March 1 (Girls) and 13 (Boys): Talk That Talk (Communication)

    Youth will understand effective communication techniques and how good communication can affect feelings and relationships with families and friends while identifying bridges and barriers to good communication and practicing good communication skills.

  • April 5 (Girls) and 10 (Boys): Get a Job (Summer Planning and Career Exploration)

    Youth will explore summer opportunities, including employment. Youth will discuss job applications, learn how to write a resume, practice interview skills and will be provided with resources to assist them in the job search process.

  • May 3 (Girls) and 8 (Boys): National Foster Care Month (Advocacy)

    Youth will identify committed, caring adults they can rely on and trust. Youth will explore what it means to be an advocate for themselves. Youth will explore different resources like TAGyc and their GALS as a tool for self-advocacy. Youth will discuss the importance of advocacy and the different ways they can make an impact with their voice. Youth will develop an understanding of their rights as a youth in care.

  • June 7 (Girls) and 12 (Boys): Love Your Selfie (Self-Esteem)

    Youth will understand the importance of developing high self-esteem and resiliency. Youth will use various activities to encourage the identification of positive attributes and skills they possess and how they can contribute this to their families and society.

  • July 5 (Girls) and 10 (Boys): The Game of Life (Supports)

    Youth will identify how they fit into the larger community and learn how to access community resources to help overcome obstacles they may encounter in their lives as they transition from their foster home. Youth will be challenged to utilize critical thinking and decision-making skills as well as their strengths as they "solve" the simulated life scenarios they encounter as they navigate the game of LIFE.

  • August 2 (Girls) and 14 (Boys): It Wasn't Me! (Responsibility)

    Youth will gain insight into the importance of being personally responsible for their own behaviors and actions. Youth will learn how changing their behaviors can change the outcomes for some situations. Youth will be able to identify times when they did not take responsibility and how they can change these behaviors in the future.

  • September 6 (Girls) and 11 (Boys): In Your Feelings (Coping Skills)

    Youth will learn the importance of self-care to their overall well-being. Youth will learn to identify effective coping skills they can use to manage difficult feelings surrounding foster care issues such as transitioning, unexpected changes, etc.

  • October 4 (Girls) and 9 (Boys): This is Me! (Identity)

    What masks do youth wear? How do they define themselves? Youth will identify their strengths and how they can use them to take off the "masks" they wear through communication and self-worth. Youth will explore how their "masks" may change depending on what situations or people they find around them.

  • November 1 (Girls) and 13 (Boys): Appreciation Nation

    Youth will discuss the virtue of gratitude, identifying and understanding how life lessons encourage this essential character. Youth will create their own visual interpretation of gratitude through the use of quotes and messages.

  • December 6 (Girls) and 11 (Boys): Traditions & Celebrations

    Youth will identify and share their family traditions and explore how they have stayed the same or changed while they are in foster care. Youth will enjoy the session celebrating the holiday season with their peers.

 

January 4th Girls / 9th Boys

New Year, New You

Youth will reflect on the past year and create goals for the upcoming year. Youth will identify hopes and goals and new challenges. Youth will be encouraged to identify how their personal strengths and challenges will contribute to achieving these goals.

 

February 1st Girls / 13th Boys

Is this Love? (Relationship/Intimacy)

Youth will identify challenges in maintaining relationships, and problem solve ways of dealing with those challenges. Youth will gain and understanding of how to create meaningful close emotional connections to others while learning effective communication in healthy relationships.

 

March 1st Girls / 13th Boys

Talk That Talk (Communication)

Youth will understand effective communication techniques and how good communication can affect feelings and relationships with families and friends while identifying bridges and barriers to good communication and practicing good communication skills.

 

April 5th Girls / 10th Boys

Get a Job (Summer Planning and Career Exploration)

Youth will explore summer opportunities, including employment. Youth will discuss job applications, learn how to write a resume, practice interview skills and will be provided with resources to assist them in the job search process.

 

May 3rd Girls / 8th Boys

National Foster Care Month (Advocacy)

Youth will identify committed, caring adults they can rely on and trust. Youth will explore what it means to be an advocate for themselves. Youth will explore different resources like TAGyc and their GALS as a tool for self-advocacy. Youth will discuss the importance of advocacy and the different ways they can make an impact with their voice. Youth will develop an understanding of their rights as a youth in care.

 

June 7th Girls / 12th Boys

Love Your Selfie (Self-Esteem)

Youth will understand the importance of developing high self-esteem and resiliency. Youth will use various activities to encourage the identification of positive attributes and skills they possess and how they can contribute this to their families and society.

 

July 5th Girls / 10th Boys

The Game of Life (Supports)

Youth will identify how they fit into the larger community and learn how to access community resources to help overcome obstacles they may encounter in their lives as they transition from their foster home. Youth will be challenged to utilize critical thinking and decision-making skills as well as their strengths as they "solve" the simulated life scenarios they encounter as they navigate the game of LIFE.

 

August 2nd Girls / 14th Boys

It Wasn't Me! (Responsibility)

Youth will gain insight into the importance of being personally responsible for their own behaviors and actions. Youth will learn how changing their behaviors can change the outcomes for some situations. Youth will be able to identify times when they did not take responsibility and how they can change these behaviors in the future.

 

September 6th Girls / 11th Boys

In Your Feelings (Coping Skills)

Youth will learn the importance of self-care to their overall well-being. Youth will learn to identify effective coping skills they can use to manage difficult feelings surrounding foster care issues such as transitioning, unexpected changes, etc. 

 

October 4th Girls / 9th Boys

This is Me! (Identity)

What masks do youth wear? How do they define themselves? Youth will identify their strengths and how they can use them to take off the "masks" they wear through communication and self-worth. Youth will explore how their "masks" may change depending on what situations or people they find around them.

 

November 1st Girls / 13th Boys

Appreciation Nation

Youth will discuss the virtue of gratitude, identifying and understanding how life lessons encourage this essential character. Youth will create their own visual interpretation of gratitude through the use of quotes and messages.

 

December 6th Girls / 11th Boys

Traditions / Celebrations: Holiday Party

Youth will identify and share their family traditions and explore how they have stayed the same or changed while they are in foster care. Youth will enjoy the session celebrating the season with their peers.

Our Impact This Year

  • People Served

    961

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