The 2011-2012 Real Life session began this December and has been a huge success so far.  The first week of Real Life focused on everyone getting to know each other and learning names.  More than 25 refugee teens met the new Youthlinc volunteers and things got off to running start with a pizza party on December 5th.  Later in the week the group played “get to know you” Game Show games that included Bingo and Jeopardy.  That first week we also held a Team Challenge Day where 5 teams battled it out through a variety of team challenges including building a marshmallow tower, relay races and a human scavenger hunt.

The second week of Real Life we were able to start really getting to know each other.  The Real Life teens and the amazing Youthlinc volunteers discussed their dreams and goals for their lives that they then created into “Dream Flags” that were beautiful and inspiring.

The Real Life group was sick of there being no snow and ice this winter so we decided to split into teams of two and give them loads of ice cream themed puzzles to solve.  Once the duo was able to crack all the codes they were able to make ice cream together and eat it! Most batches turned out delicious with a few tasting a little salty!

We are only able to have two weeks of Real Life activities in December because of the holidays so the last day of Real Life for December we had a Christmas party, complete with a freeze dance party and gingerbread houses.  It was a perfect ending to the START of Real Life for this year! We will start up again on January 9th with a field trip to the new Natural History Museum.  We can’t wait to get back in the groove of things after the holidays!

Merry Christmas!

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