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2021 Virtual Older Youth Retreat
August 9-13, 2021

Monday, August 9

10:00AM - 11:00AM

Welcome and Opening Remarks - OCYF and Older Youth Retreat Steering Committee  
11:00AM - 12:30PM Makeup with Frank - Frank Revesz
This makeup activity will be a fun class for those interested in learning about makeup application, nails, skin care, and more! Helpful tips and tricks that have been learned over years of being a makeup artist.
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11:00AM - 12:30PM Staff Session - James Huguley Watch
2:00PM - 3:30PM You Leading You - Jessie Stockwell & Amber Snyder
What does it mean to be a leader? How can I see leadership qualities in myself? In You Leading You, we will challenge you through thought-provoking conversations, team building activities and leadership prompts designed to support you in stepping away from your comfort zones. We will focus on five pillars to draw out your true leader: respect, responsibility, trust, effort, and courage. With each pillar comes a new challenge throughout the week. You will walk away able to identify ways within yourself to be a leader no matter where you go or what you do in life.
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Tuesday, August 10
9:00AM - 10:00AM Staff Session - Michael Sanders Watch
10:00AM - 10:30AM Self-Care Session - Eliza White
Join us each morning to explore how meeting our most basic needs supports us in taking on life demands.
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11:00AM - 12:30PM String Art - Andrea Randolph & Jessica Stevens
String art is a fun, easy way to make a colorful picture by wrapping embroidery thread around nails that have been hammered into a wooden board. This is an inexpensive DIY project that is great for craft fans of all ages. We will be providing you with all the necessary tools to make your very own string art picture!
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2:00PM - 3:30PM Keynote Presentation - Michael Sanders Watch
     
Wednesday, August 11
9:00AM - 10:00AM Staff Session - Q&A with OCYF Watch
10:00AM - 10:30AM Self-Care Session - Eliza White
Join us each morning to explore how meeting our most basic needs supports us in taking on life demands.
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11:00AM - 12:30PM Pardon My Garden - Andrea Merovich
Gardens are no longer just an outdoor thing, bring your own garden indoors by creating a terrarium full of rocks, moss, and succulents. Learn the benefits of indoor plants and how to maintain them for years to come!
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2:00PM - 3:30PM Permanency Session - Jon Douglas and Ashley Petch Watch
4:00PM - 5:30PM Mystery Escape Room
Go on fun adventures in virtual locations to find codes, games, and puzzles that will present themselves live on your computer screen. Communicate with the people on your team to piece together and solve each distinctive challenge.
 
     
Thursday, August 12
9:00AM - 10:00AM Staff Session - Jennifer Pokempner, Youth Law Center Watch
10:00AM - 10:30AM Self-Care Session - Eliza White
Join us each morning to explore how meeting our most basic needs supports us in taking on life demands.
 
11:00AM - 12:30PM Cooking Basics - Nicole Lance & Jody Price
Learn the basics of meal preparation while making healthy, inexpensive meals. If you have never used a measuring cup or a crock-pot, you will be in for a week of fun and education about food safety, creating meals on a budget and using basic kitchen equipment.
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2:00PM - 3:30PM Keynote Presentation - Gabby Bonesso Watch
     
Friday, August 13
9:00AM - 10:00AM Staff Session - SWAN Units of Service Watch
10:00AM - 10:30AM Self-Care Session - Eliza White
Join us each morning to explore how meeting our most basic needs supports us in taking on life demands.
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11:00AM - 12:30PM Improv - Tyler Chick
Do you like laughing? In this improv comedy class, you’ll learn how to think on your feet and make comedy scenes out of nothing but a single word! Performing without a script can be intimidating, but with the right technique, you can create hilarious characters and scenes like a pro.
 
2:00PM - 3:30PM Yoga - Lovie Foster
Join JustusYoga today on journey of Y.O.G.A.: Your Own Greatness Affirmed! Together we will breathe into the light of our greatest selves and the connection between mind, body, spirit, and the vast universe…because every living thing matters. In this practice, together we will rise from the shadows and fears, shame and regrets. We will breathe and flow as we go…affirming our whole selves, just as we were created to be: Strong, Powerful, and Connected!
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3:30PM - 4:00PM Closing Remarks - Older Youth Retreat Steering Committee  

 

 



2018 Retreat Video

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2018 Retreat Video

Watch the 2018 Retreat Video

"My name is Lexi,

This is my 3rd year attending the Older Youth Retreat, as well as, my last retreat. This year the retreat was amazing. I learned new things with other youth and made stronger connections with the youth that was there previous years. I also was able to build on my leadership skills and facilitate.

My activity was All Star Experience. This was 3rd time experiencing this activity. I loved participating in this activity because we were able to play different sports like: kick ball, basketball, volleyball and more. My favorite sport that we played was volleyball because I learned that "just because you may think you can't do something or someone says they don't think you can, doesn't mean you can't try". I had the chance to see how well the youth were able to work together and lean on each other like a team. As a bonus, my team won the volleyball tournament!

The guest speaker that spoke at the banquet was Randy Walker. I thought his presentation was amazing. While listening to his story I gained that your past does not determine your future and you can do anything as long as you put your mind to it with determination. This was my experience at the 2018 Older Youth Retreat. "


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