The Indian Lake Middle School Youth Leadership group recently gathered to study ways of peacefully putting their heads together instead of knocking heads.
Kelly Tracey from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and Karen Sorreles from the Midwest Regional Educational Service Center led the activities on conflict resolution skills. To demonstrate conflict, students were separated into teams for several games. The Freeze/Mime game gave teams a short time to create a frozen scene to describe a word connected to either peace or war. The aim of the exercise is to highlight the differences between body language and facial expressions used in coming to a peaceful versus chaotic outcome.
The group also discussed positive aspects of conflict, such as being an opportunity for change and renewal of relationships.
ILMS Youth Leadership is made up of 10 7th grade students and 10 8th graders. The Midwest Regional Educational Service Center brings in community leaders to work with our Youth Leaders three times throughout the school year. This is the seventeenth year this program has been offered to middle school students in Logan County. Dozens of local businesses help sponsor the effort.
Submitted by the Indian Lake school district.