By encouraging student participation in a safe and confidential environment, the students truly take ownership of the information and gain confidence in discussing what are often taboo subjects. This empowers them to become educators of other students while also learning to diffuse or stop conflict and poor decision making among their peers.
Our volunteers meet with students throughout the school year to present the six-session series developed by the curriculum team. The six-session series focuses on topics such as decision-making, boundaries and values, social media, dating and relationship abuse, mental health, human trafficking, the teenage brain and addiction, and Louisiana law as it relates to consent and sexual abuse. Each session includes specific scenarios designed to promote discussion, problem solving, conflict resolution, and healthy decision making around the subject matter.
All volunteers are observed by a Southwest Louisiana Youth Foundation board member at least once a year and engage in an evaluation meeting to discuss strengths, weaknesses, areas for improvement and suggestions for the future.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please fill out the form below. You may also DOWNLOAD the form and mail it to: SWLA Youth Foundation, 419 Alamo Street, Lake Charles, LA 70601.