On May 9, 2018 the Green City Schools Junior and Freshman classes participated in a teen dating violence simulation titled ‘In Their Shoes’. The simulation offers real life examples of choices teens are faced with in relationships. Teens walk through the simulation and make decisions based on scenarios provided.
A lot of work and input was done by Green City’s teachers and administration. All teachers walked through the simulation back on January 2, 2018 to see if it was something the teachers felt would be an appropriate and educational resource for the students. The teachers felt the tool was impactful and brought to life real life scenarios that they see their students facing.
Ms. McConnell, the counselor at Green City Schools organized the event. Freshman students were broken down into small groups separated by boys and girls. They went to 4 different instructors to walk through scenarios and make decisions collectively as a group. The junior class walked through the scenarios in pairs and had to travel throughout the school halls going to stations including ‘social services’, ‘family’, ‘friends’, ‘hanging out’, ‘cell phone’, ‘work’, ‘school’, ‘police’, and ‘legal’. The students had great feedback as they walked the halls walking through trying to break up with someone, experiencing peer pressure, discovering what to do with teen pregnancy, and many other situations. The end of the simulation was followed up with group discussion about the experience and the realities facing teens in today’s world.
The simulation experience is available free of charge to any school, groups, or organizations that would like to participate; please just contact one of our shelter sites to set up a date and time that works for you.