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  • 1. YOUTH GROUPS:GROUP DEVELOPMENT FACILITATION SESSION TWO LESSON OBJECTIVE  To evaluate the process of small group facilitation.  Experience planning an hour group meeting. SUPPLIES NEEDED  Enough Group Cubes for one per small group   Scenarios of group situations  Participant packets  Copies of Group Facilitation Guide and Group Planning Form BEFORE THE MEETING You will need to prepare enough Group Cubes for each small group. To do this, you’ll simply need to copy it, cut along the dark  lines, fold along the lighter lines and tape the edges together. Also, cut the Group Scenarios into slips to give to each small group in the Learning Activity A, as well as make a copy of the Group Facilitation Guide for each small group. NOTES TO THE LEADER In this session on group facilitation, participants will give their input on what they think is helpful to a positive group experience, as well as plan their own small group meetings. Also, be sure to inform the participants that there is more informational resources in their participation packets that may be helpful in planning and evaluating meetings they lead. MEETING WARM-UP GROUP CUBE 10 min. Instruct participants to move into their small groups. Give each small group a Group Cube. Instruct them to take turns tossing the cube in the air and answering the question on the cube that lands on top. 16
  • 2. LEARNING ACTIVITIES A. STYLES OF FACILITATION 10 min. Refer to the “Understanding styles of facilitators” resource (II-B) in their participant packets. Briefly go over the four different leadership styles and ask them for personal examples of each. B. SMALL GROUP SCENARIOS 20 min. Say to the group, “A large part of a successful group meeting is the preparation and thoughtfulness that goes into the meeting beforehand. To be best prepared, it’s important to think about the big picture, like the goal or purpose of the meeting, expectations what you hope the group will gain, etc. But you also have to pay attention to the details, like space, supplies, meeting agenda, snacks, etc. In your small groups, we’re going to practice planning meetings.” Collect the cubes and distribute a different group scenario, as well as a “Group Facilitation Guide” (II-F) and the “Meeting Outline” (II- E) for each group. Tell them they have 20 minutes to design a one-hour group session based on the guidelines from the scenarios. Encourage them to use the “Group Facilitation Guide” (II-F) and the “Meeting Outline” (II-E) After 20 minutes, have them describe their mock session to the large group. NOTE: Depending upon the experience participants have planning and leading groups, they may need more time and/or guidance with this activity. If a small group is particularly skilled in the group facilitation area, you can add the following challenges to their scenarios:  You have a group member who really struggles with reading.  You have a group member who has a broken leg.  Only four people show up.  The participants really don’t seem to like the other facilitator. C. THE _________ MODEL OF GROUP DEVELOPMENT 15 min. (REPLACE TUCKMAN MODEL HERE) 17
  • 3. PERSONAL REFLECTION Referring the group members to their supplemental Personal 5 min. Reflection worksheet about Group Facilitation (II-H), ask the participants to spend five minutes reflecting on their experiences by answering the questions. These will not be shared with other group members. 18

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