The workshops will be relaxed and interactive with a focus on the real-life applicability of the information and what resources are available in the community. After each workshop we will sum up the information given in a pamphlet for the participants to keep, and there will be assessments throughout the course of the program to gauge the efficacy of the workshops. After the pilot program ends in September, a new group of parents and youth will begin the workshops throughout the course of the school year, augmented by a few other themes. The participants from this summer's pilot program, joined by every year's new group, will act as community ambassadors, employing the information from the workshops to their own lives as well as spreading the knowledge to their neighbors and friends in informal ways and through formal events in the schools.
The passion we have seen from all involved to get this project off the ground has been so inspiring. Next week we will continue with our preparations to make sure the start of the program in the first week of August will go smoothly.