Game of Life, 2012

Game of Life, 2012
April 9, 2012 Kim Goldman

Canyon High School and The Youth Project hosted the 2nd Annual Game of Life event on March 30, 2012.

At least ten local organizations participated in this annual outreach event, reaching almost 400 freshmen at Canyon HS just before Spring Break.  Students were each given “crisis scenarios” (taken from real life examples) and using the resources available to them, solved the situation at hand.

Some examples include:

  • You are at your boyfriend’s house. You got in a fight. You made him mad and he hit you. You left and just started walking. It’s midnight. You are alone and it’s too far to walk home. Your eye is swelling. You don’t want to call your parents.  What do you do?
  • You are being bullied on campus by a senior.  She taunts you, sends nasty text messages and has started a Facebook page about “hating you”.  You are afraid to walk home alone.  Where can you go for help?
  • Your dad just lost his job and your mom only works part time. You want to help out the family by getting a job, but you are only 14. Where can you go for help to gain employment?
  • Last night you went to a party and had too much to drink. You were partying with a really cute guy. You kind of liked him, so you followed him into an empty bedroom and started making out with him. When you wanted to stop, he wouldn’t and forced you to have sex with him. You are feeling ashamed, embarrassed, scared, mad and alone.  Where do you go?

The purpose of the activity is to familiarize teens with the organizations in their community that are in place to help, to teach them how to handle a crisis on their own, to make it less scary to reach out and ask for help and as an opportunity for outreach for our partners in the community.

Thank You to Canyon High School, The City of Santa Clarita, The California Highway Patrol, SCV Safe Rides, Department of Child and Family Services, Samuel Dixon Family Health Center, Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, ACTION Parent/Teen Support, The Domestic Violence Center of Santa Clarita and the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Clarita.

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