If you have additions to your project teams or working groups, take the time to explain the group agreement with them and allow them to propose improvements. This can be done during the break or at the beginning of the workshop as an icebreaker. If you want to include something in the agreement, you should have an interview with the whole group until an agreement is reached. The key issue that a group of agreements puts in place is: designing agreements in this way distinguishes your group from the status quo; that if someone makes a mistake, they are automatically punished in one way or another. As a result, your group is taken down by any other group that young people are used to and has the potential to create a sense of security. That is why I would like to give four simple tips for establishing group agreements at the first meeting. This is not an exhaustive list, but a guide to get you started in the development of your normative and confident group environment. Group agreements, sometimes as group norms, sometimes as group expectations and others (although less desirable, as I write below) that group rules help to establish a normative culture. It is a culture in which young people begin to develop a sense of respect, trust and, hopefully, vulnerable people. This type of normative culture is therapeutic in nature and benefits young people in traditional classrooms or clinical groups.
If they succeed (and it also has a lot to do with the young people in the groups, not just with them as intermediaries who do group contracts, that is, who cut themselves a little easily if you try to do so and that it does not lead to a very confident and cohesive group), there is the potential to offer the young people you work with a very transformative experience. Let us remember, for example, that in mainstream society, right now, we are encouraging our young men to be anti-emotional (minus anger) and that our young women place superficial beauty above inner personal qualities. Creating a culture of trust and friendliness could reduce this type of conditioning. And again (sorry for the lack of balance sheet, but I repeat for the accent), this could benefit the youth in all from a single group of gender therapy to a mixed class of gender social studies in a high school. The first group is not the only time you talk about agreements, and it is good practice to expect agreements to be broken and prepare for those discussions. In more chaotic situations (larger classes, a lot of interruption, etc.), you may need to activate the chords in one or more groups.