Full Circle Refuge Champions Mission Report from Wyman Pope Sr. – 2nd Baptist Aiken One Degree at a Time Coordinator – Fall 2014

Wyman PopeThe Full Circle Refuge’s One Degree at a Time (change the way you think and act) Fall Session classes began at Second Baptist Church, Aiken, SC, on September 16, 2014. The class currently has seven youth attending, with the potential of several more youth joining in the coming weeks. We have three volunteer facilitators and four mentors supervising and working with the students. Our volunteers insure that students have all the supplies and materials they need for their classes. Oh Yes! That includes the meals that are served during classes.

Second Baptist Church Facilitators and Mentors are trained by Rev. Devon Harris, Full Circle Refuge and they bring to the table a vast amount of experience and expertise. Our volunteers are trained to approach the youth in a manner that addresses their physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual needs.20131214_122854

O-DAT students are youth who are referred by DJJ, Aiken County School District, Parents/Guardians, Churches or Community Agencies. The classes are spread over a ten week period and are held each Tuesday from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm and yes, the students have knowledge tasks to bring back each week.

O-DAT students are taught how to choose relationships, values, self image, goal setting, gang education, finance and networking. We also tackle other subjects and conversations depending on the students’ questions. At the beginning of the sessions, we notice long faces, sad looks and angry attitudes.  After a few classes, their feelings and attitudes change. Some people may feel that it is because of the perks we give if they perform over and above normal, but I think they are changing the way they think and act.  At the end of a successful ten weeks they will all receive a Certificate of Completion and some even receive Awards for outstanding performances.

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