DeForest Area Middle School along with middle level schools throughout the United States will be celebrating Month of the Young Adolescent in October to draw attention to the unique needs of 10 to 15-year olds and the ways that adults can support them.
The National Middle School Association (NMSA) in collaboration with 31 other national educational, youth and health organizations created the celebration in 1997. The Month of the Young Adolescent (MOYA) was created to bring about greater awareness to middle level youth. DeForest Area Middle School is hosting a variety of events during the month to draw attention to this age group, including several dress up days, games in the gym during lunch, music and two days of courage retreats.
The Courage Retreat, to be held October 20 and 21, is presented by Youth Frontiers, Inc. at DAMS. This dynamic and meaningful program is designed to create a more positive school community. Throughout the day students will be challenged to think critically about how they treat themselves and others, accept people for who they are, resist following the crowd, and act with moral courage despite their fears. Last year, Youth Frontiers worked with nearly 100,000 students and educators throughout the country.
Assistant Principal Kim Christian, Courage Retreat organizer, is looking for adult volunteers to help with small group student activities. If interested, contact Kim Christian at 842-6006.
For more information on the organization presenting the retreat, you can visit www.youthfrontiers.org.