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The Youth Centres Canada Challenge Program is an activity based, easily integrated youth engagement program for youth centres, youth groups, and youth initiatives. The Challenge Program teaches problem solving and decision making skills while having fun. Cognitive skills and personal skills are developed as youth participate in these experiential challenges that promote creative thinking, collaboration, inclusion, teamwork, empathy, the ability to take calculated risks and make informed decisions. GET INVOLVED!: Become a Certified Challenge Program Facilitator by joining us for a free one day training session! You will receive a comprehensive manual, support materials, and a ready-made, fundable program you may deliver to as many youth as possible. Register an average of two adults and two youth for the workshop, though we encourage several representatives from each youth organization to take the training to ensure sustainability and internal program support. Registration is easy – to register just contact Youth Centres Canada by phone, fax, or e-mail. Certification requires delivery of the program as recommended by YCC. Here is a favourite. Try it out! w w w . y o u t h c e n t r e s c a n a d a . c o m 16 TRY IT OUT! MATERIALS/EQUIPMENT: None SKILLS DEVELOPED: Trust, flexibility, teamwork SET UP: Make sure the area is clean with no obstructions. A few solid chairs, benches or small stepladders should be kept available in case they are needed. THE PROCESS: STATE THE CHALLENGE EXACTLY AS ABOVE. Everyone stands in a close circle. Have the participants cross their arms and hold hands with the people beside them. Without anyone letting go of either hand the group tries to untangle itself, meaning that they will be standing holding hands with their arms uncrossed at their sides. STRATEGIZE: After the first round, have the group extend their right hand into the centre of the circle and randomly grab another participant's left hand, then extend their left hand and randomly grab another participant's right hand. Take a break and discuss whether or not the group can untangle during the second round. DEBRIEF: What ideas worked to help untie the knot? Were everybody's voices heard while problem solving? What was challenging about this activity? VARIATIONS: If the group is large it can be split into two or more teams which can compete to see which team unties the knot the fastest. If there is difficulty untangling the knot, smaller teams will make the challenge easier. The challenge can be made easier by making the knot less random by having everyone in the circle make note of who is standing to their right and left then scramble the circle so everyone is standing between different people. Each person extends their right hand then everyone uses their left hand to take hold of the right hand of the person who was originally on their left and then untangle. In the circle everyone extends their right hand. Then each person grabs the hand of another who is not standing next to them. Everyone then does the same thing with their left hand and makes sure not to grab the hand of the person who's right hand they are holding. NOTES: The facilitator should make sure that no one in the group has issues concerning being touched by others or members of the opposite sex. In the latter case, the group could be divided into teams according to gender.

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