Building Strong Relationships with RULER

Relationships are at the heart of the work we do in OST programs. Sharing our stories and learning about each other helps us build trusting relationships with fellow staff and with youth.

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Staff Reflections

After viewing the video, find relevance and meaning by making connections between the video and your OST experience by reflecting. Feel free to respond to the prompts below by writing in a journal, sharing in small/large groups, or taking a moment to sit with your own thoughts. Use the approach that fits best in your setting. 

Prompt 1

Think about an adult from your childhood who made a significant, positive impact on who you are today. (If you do not have an example from your childhood, consider anyone in your life.) What was it about them that made their influence so strong?

Prompt 2

How can you use this experience to help you connect with and build trust with youth in your program?

Staff Activities

After viewing the video, engage staff in activities to practice and explore key RULER concepts. Click the thumbnails below to download the activities and tip sheet.

Getting to Know Each Other

What Does Trust Mean to You?

Building Strong Relationships with Youth Tip Sheet

Youth Activity

Practice emotional intelligence skills with the youth in your program.

Building Trust

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Learn More

RULER in OST videos and resources are available at no cost. Any organized program that works with youth outside of school time (e.g., afterschool programs, camps, clubs, sports, parks, recreation programs, etc.) will be able to take advantage of RULER in OST.

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