All Kinds of News for June 07, 2017
EDGE Learning & Wellness Collegiate Community encourages students to embrace challenges and, by using their strengths and resources available, navigate through difficulty. Finding fun and interesting experiences that highlight this approach to confronting life’s difficulties is a challenge that the EDGE staff embrace.
Understanding that their peers are a resource and that doing things together can be both fun and rewarding, the students chose to participate in an escape room activity for a recent community outing. Students were divided into teams; team one discovered first-hand what it would be like to escape from a prison cell, while others engaged in a bank robbery. Students proved resourceful and despite not being able to escape prison or rob the bank, were proud of their ability to work together and problem solve.
Often students at EDGE arrive with a history of having struggled with anxiety and coping strategies that include avoidance and a reluctance to accept support from others. For several students, even the thought of participating in the escape room was challenging and attending was a success in itself. The success didn’t stop there, of course.
One student who initially identified that even going to the venue for the activity would provoke significant anxiety decided, once there, to participate. She was encouraged by her peers and ended up having a terrific experience and said “It was a great experience, a 10 out of 10 and I would definitely do it again!” Other students focused more on the fun of problem-solving or of the competitive notes that accompany an activity that includes goals and time limits. Staff thought it was insightful to be able to see how the students worked together in order to investigate, unveil clues and strategize. Overall, being immersed in a trying environment with the students was a noteworthy and memorable experience for staff.
In the end, there’s no escaping that everyone wins when they connect, engage and persist beyond their comfort zone.
About EDGE Learning and Wellness Collegiate Community
EDGE Learning and Wellness Collegiate Community is an accredited transitional living program located in Chicago, IL. EDGE offers therapeutically supported residential and non-residential options for post-treatment young adults. The participants, ages 18 -24, are striving to excel academically, while creating a life of balance, joy and wellness.