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Domestic Violence and Abuse

Relationship Smarts

[Music]>>Ted Futris, UGA Extension: Adolescence is a time when young people
are trying to figure out who they are.>>David Smith, teacher: Well being in middle school, it’s a tough time for kids and they they are exposed to a lot of things that they don’t
understand.>>Ted Futris: Relationships and their role in relationships is part of that
development and a lot of young people aren’t clear what does a healthy
relationship look like? [classoom chatter] Not many folks are talking to young people about what
healthy relationships are and young people really want this information. They
don’t know how to ask. They certainly don’t feel comfortable going to parents
many times to talk about it and the models for healthy relationships are
lacking for many youth across Georgia.>>Cindy Sheram, Relationship Smarts facilator [talking to class]: When you text somebody something, when you talk to somebody through the use of devices, through the use of umm…technology, you miss out on the important parts of communication.>>Befany Roberson, teacher: The Relationship Smarts program is very interesting. I
feel that it’s very relevant to what our students needs to be learning at this
time to build those communication skills.>>Cindy Sheram: Relationship Smarts is outstanding
curriculum that helps youth learn how to develop good relationships.They learn a
lot of important skills – life skills – that are essential for becoming adults.>>Vanessa Hall, teacher: The skills that students develop in
Relationship Smarts are getting along with others>>Cindy Sheram: – effective communication
skills. They learn the difference between good and bad relationships. They learn
how to recognize those differences and most importantly they learn how to form
a solid foundation – a good foundation – as they’re developing these relationships.>>Cindy speaking to class: People who exaggerate or present themselves in a certain way, why do you think they do that?>>Cindy: I’ve noticed as the year progresses that
the kids become a little more open to discuss relationships and situations
that they face from day to day.>>Ted Futris: And our agents are a great resource for our
young people in counties, particularly small rural counties, where there aren’t a
lot of resources and many times our agents are a one person that young
people feel comfortable going to and talking to.>>Daryll Gilbert, principal: One thing that the
Relationship Smarts program brings to our kids is an opportunity to express
themselves on various levels. So whereas they may not be able to have a
conversation with adults you’ll find that they would be more open with their
peers or other colleagues. So therefore when kids participate in
this program I found that they are relaxed and therefore they’re more open,
therefore more engaged in the program itself.>>David Smith: Well I have heard some children repeat
some of the things that were said in the program. When there was an issue that
came up in the class and someone said “Well do you remember what we said in 4-H?”>>Toni Williams, parent: She
really enjoys learning about the pros and cons of being in a good and bad
relationship and the ups and downs if you don’t speak up if there’s a problem>>Ty Poole, student: The speak and listening communication skill that I learned was where I speak
and they listen and they speak I listen Today when I talked to my math teacher I
believe it was a concept I didn’t understand so I asked her can I do it
again and she listened and she taught me again so I repeated it back to her and
the way I understood it.>David Smith: And the children learning better ways they’ll be able to
take that out into the community and show it to others, to the adults too, and
it makes a better community. [music fades out]

Cesar Sullivan

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