Incarcerated Youth

Dinner With Incarcerated Youth

The day finally arrived that we would dine with the incarcerated youth. This is the only time of the year that we were allowed to go in and dine with the incarcerated youth.

Having heard this, how would you feel about having such an opportunity to do this? Maybe you will get a better idea by what I am about to share with you.

Before this dinner engagement could take place. The staff had to greet us is in the lobby. They also had to search our food, drinks and bags for contraband.

Incarcerated Youth And Their Patience

December finally arrived when our troubled incarcerated youth would be allowed to eat dinner with others when it came to being in their dorm area. This was an exciting day that the incarcerated youth looked forward to. Their behaviors dictated if they would be given the opportunity to eat with us.

Many youth have lost their way for one reason or another.

Setup and Feeding the Incarcerated Youth

When we arrived at the boys unit, we asked staff where we can set up for dinner. The staff pulled out a ping-pong table for us to place a table cover on top of. We then placed the food and drinks on top of that.

We all took a place in serving up the food to the inmates. But, that was only after we opened up in prayer and spoke about the true meaning of Christmas.

Then, it was time to recruit tables of inmates to the serving area for food and beverage distribution.

Would you be surprised to know that each inmate said God bless you. They were polite, respective and thankful. After everyone was served their food our team sat down to eat dinner with them.

Serving The Incarcerated Youth

What does serving look like to you in when it comes to the incarcerated youth?

Conversations With The Incarcerated Youth

My conversation with the incarcerated youth was first asking for their name and my trying to remember their names. The next question I would ask them was what they want to do when they get out of there. Some of them said they are being sent to prison. The others have dreams of becoming a lawyer, pilot, etc. Some of them said they need to finish school. That meant finishing junior high and/or high school.

Family Time At The Dinner Table

When was the last time you sat down to eat dinner with your family members? Where you able to do this without electronics? Did you have a verbal conversation?

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