So… what is Livin It Loud? Livin It Loud is a group of students passionate about making a difference in our generation. Most of us have been through some pretty hard times. Some live with parents who are addicts, others have parents who have gone to prison, some of us have gone through battles with drinking, or drugs, or cutting ourselves. In one way or another, we've all dealt with destructive behaviors. But, we believe there is ALWAYS hope. Besides meeting weekly and having a safe place to go where we can just be ourselves and find encouragement, we also go out and do performances for schools, churches, and community events. We host amazing retreats, which are just a chance for teens to get away from life and have fun playing crazy games, getting to know new cool people, and remembering that we’re accepted and loved like crazy by God. Basically, we're just teens helping teens, and we're committed to making a difference in the world.
Livin It Loud, the program & curriculum
The Livin It Loud program was developed over a five year span, while working with high school students in a support group environment. After spending years researching the unique challenges this next generation faces, as well as time working with young people in churches and schools, we learned one of the best things we could do is allow them to use their voice and experiences to make a difference. There are several dynamics that make the program successful.
- Students find encouragement, accountability, and safety by sharing life in groups. Kids are kids, so being able to come to a place weekly where you know you won’t be judged and there are other people who understand exactly what you’re feeling, allows students to experience life in an environment where their peers truly want what is best for them.
- Curriculum-driven support groups give caring adult facilitators resources to educate and discuss things like substance abuse, healthy boundaries, conflict, communication, leadership, and tolerance, while empowering students to overcome adversity and set positive goals for the future.
- Performances provide opportunities for students to use their talents and their life testimonies to inspire other young people to overcome adversity and make positive choices.
- Finally, retreats get students out of their fast-paced, hectic lives and allow time to just be kids, to be outdoors, to learn team building skills, and most importantly to connect with God.
Through group discussions, real life testimonies, peer to peer activities that require genuine transparency – we believe Livin It Loud achieves and meets the needs of this young generation. We embrace them and love every challenging and endearing thing about them. If you elect to share and implement this program at your school or church, know that we have been praying for you and the students you will serve.
Livin It Loud has been developed as a school-based program, as well as a faith-based program, and is written to allow individual facilitators or sponsors to adapt the program so it best suits the need of your group. For more information on starting a group or the curriculum, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.