The multipurpose room in North Branch Area High School was bustling with activity Friday.
Students were running, shaking hands, high-fiving, dancing and laughing. Those actions were just some of the ones Josh Cleveland and Sam Soule from Youth Frontiers had sophomores at the school performing along with the help of senior leaders.
The retreat was not simply for the students to get exercise; it centered on getting students to respect and like one another, which is key when it comes to reducing bullying.
Youth Frontiers offers high-impact retreats for schools, using interactive games, music, small discussion groups and gripping stories to break down walls between young people, helping them to see each other differently. Throughout the retreat day, students begin to exhibit traits of true character — mending relationships, stating acts of courage and respecting themselves and others, according to information from Youth Frontiers. Comprehensive follow-up materials also provide a way for educators and students to extend the impact of the retreat.