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SWAT Summer Youth Wellness Retreat 2016
Wed, July 20, 2016, 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM EDT
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SWAT (Spreading Wellness Around Town) is dedicated to building individual and community wellness. Through seasonal wellness retreats, youth are exposed to new, healthy experiences in a safe and welcoming environment. Within this environment, we talk openly about opportunities to bring wellness into our lives and ways to release the judgments and beliefs that may limit us.
We can all be stigma busters! It’s not about illness but about the way we choose to live our lives and take care of ourselves, and most importantly knowing that we all matter and deserve wellness.
Our summer event will include...
What does wellness mean to you? (Mind, body, spirit)
How can you improve your own wellness planning?
Physical Activity (ie; Yoga, Karate)
Mindful Nature Walk - Please wear shoes that may get dirty
Creating a project together
FAQs - Check out this section to find out what to expect at our event!
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
No transportation is provided for this event. If you may be coming with a particular group, we suggest carpooling. If you are in need of transportation, think creatively and reach out to natural supports in your community.
There is a parking lot on site.
What can/can't I bring to the event?
Bring appropriate clothing for the weather and to be doing activities both inside and outdoors.
We recommend the use of sunscreen so please bring some for your use.
Electronics and cell phones should be left at home or in the car. We are not responsible for any lost or stolen items. Also cell reception can be poor at the park so it may drain your battery to leave your phone on. We recommend turning off devices and engaging fully in your wellness!
What should I expect as a participant at this event?
This event is geard towards young people 14-24 who have had experience with the Mental Health, Child and Family services/ Foster Care, Special Education, or Juvenile Justice. This event is geared towards breaking down the stigma surrounding mental illness through creating a supportive, safe, and judgement free environment for young people to try new activities and have real talk about what wellness means to them.
Morning snack upon arrival, ice water throughout the day, lunch is provided.
The day is full of activities from discussion to outdoor team activities. All participants and staff are expected to participate in all activities. Most of all we are out to have a great day with peers and have FUN while exploring wellness!
What can I expect as a staff bringing youth to this event?
Staff attending with young people are fully responsible for the young people they are bringing. Please have for your own reference: emergency contact info, known allergies, triggers and/or any safety concerns and what works if the young person is feeling unsafe or anxious at the event.
Ask yourself as a staff...
Do the young people I am bringing know what the event is about and what to expect ahead of time?
Is this person interested and willing to participate in this event?
*At SWAT no one should be forced to participate in our events. We expect young people to come willingly to participate in the full event including activities.
Is this young person in a place where they can be respectful and contribute to a safe and supportive environment with their peers?
Is this person interested in learning about their own wellness and exploring activities with their peers?
Also please make sure young people have access to use sunscreen at the event.
What if I am a parent dropping off a youth?
Plese make sure to complete an Emergency Contact Form. The form is available at the link below to print and complete to be brought on the day of event. We ask parents to drop their youth off at the start of the event, and return to pick them up at the end of the event. Our event is fully staffed and supervised. Please contact Bianca Logan (below) with any questions of concerns.
Emergency Contact Form Link:
*Please notify us in advance of any allergies.
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Please contact Bianca Logan at (585) 753-2638 or firstname.lastname@example.org