As a Service Learner at Girls and Boys Town, I have two main responsibilities that I work on weekly. Primarily I work with a 16 year old boy, who is not currently attending school, on developing his Independent Living Skills. This has involved creating his resume, searching for appropriate job opportunities, and practicing interview skills. Occasionally I have worked with other boys on some of the same skills when they are temporarily suspended. Second, I create and teach group sessions on various health related issues to the two different houses on separate days. Together we have discussed the health risks of smoking, the physiological results of stress and proper management, and tattoo and piercing dangers. We also have spent much time learning about STI/STDs other than HIV.
One of my main challenges has been to present the material in a manner that appeals to the different groups. The boys need very engaging activities that keep them moving and discussing. I've been able to bond with the girls much more and gain their respect so we are able to cover a larger amount of information. Both groups believe many myths about general health, hygiene, and how diseases are spread which have needed to be clarified before each new topic is started.