Here is a basic overview of a lunch time program that you could approach your local high school with.
Running a program in your local high school is a great way to have a presence in your community and helps connect teens into your youth ministry. You are welcome to use this program in any of your high schools for free. To read more about this program download the pdf at the bottom of the page.
One Eighty is a program designed for students to be able to have a space during lunchtime to engage with other students and mentors. It’s a place where they can express themselves and develop their social skills and life skills.
What does it look like?
The One Eighty program runs once a week on any given lunchtime in a room chosen by the hosted school. The program best appeals to year 7, year 8 and year 9 students as they are forming and developing who they are as a young person. Students enjoy attending the One Eighty Program because of the entertaining games that the team run. However, these games help create an environment where students feel safe and open to discuss current trending issues in youth culture.
At the end of each lunch time program, one of the team members facilitates a 5-minute discussion around relevant developmental topics, for example: respect, how to deal with hard times, choosing friends, how to succeed in life, encouragement, attitude etc. Once this discussion is finished, a weekly prize is given away through a free raffle system. Teenagers are then encouraged to promptly return to their school routine and prepare for the afternoon classes