Tips & Tools

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sunshine & cloud

Q: Do I have to use Sunshine & Cloud (S & C) exactly the way it’s described in the curriculum? The faces seem babyish for the populations we serve.

A: Great question! This is a conversation that often comes up during curriculum trainings. First of all, the process of the S & C is essential. To check in with the feelings of the group participants is foremost in the CBSG support group setting. Many youth facilitators find using the S & C without faces perfect in these cases. The faceless S & C is included in the Youth Connection Activities CD or USB. If you do not have access to a Youth Connection Activities CD or USB, click here to download the masters for printing.


using the name rainbow days

Q: Is it necessary to use the curriculum names or “Rainbow Days” in the marketing or advertising of groups?

A: Absolutely not! As a matter of fact, it has come up during trainings that the use of the word “connection” (as in Kids' Connection, Youth Connection, etc.) sounds too much like a drug hook up in certain areas of the country. We have an organization out of Ft. Worth that has been using the title “Sunshine Club” for their groups for years. Usually the only place you MUST use the Developer’s name or the actual name of the program (CBSG® Program, Kids' Connection, Youth Connection, Kids' Connection, Too, or Faith Connection) is in your funding material.



Q: Is it within fidelity to create new handouts that better connect with the populations we serve?

A: It depends. The best thing to do is submit your idea on this site for approval. If it is approved, your idea will be shared on this site (with kudos to you!) where it can be helpful to others as well. One example is in Session 5 Dreams and Goal Setting there is an activity entitled Dream Sneaker. One of our Rainbow Days facilitators was working with young women in youth detention, she designed a Dream Shoe. Want a master, click here.

We’ve also got some great parent handouts related to the Goals and Key Points of Kids/Youth Connection, Faith Connection and Kids’ Connection, Too.


adding to sunshine & cloud

Q: I had an elementary age group participant ask why we didn’t use a lightning bolt with the Sunshine & Cloud. He said the Sunshine has a happy smiling face, the Cloud has a sad frowning face, and asked if we could add a lightning bolt for our angry feelings! Are we able to add that to our S & C Opening Ritual?

A: Yes! I love this young man’s “feeling” heart! What a great addition this will make to your Opening Ritual especially for younger children or for any of us who are visual learners. Please send us a copy of your Lightning Bolt so we can share it with others!



CBSG Reminder

Q: It’s been a long time since I’ve attended a training! What does CBSG® Program stand for?

A: Reminders are always needed! CBSG® Program is the registered name for our Curriculum-Based Support Group. It is the collective name for our four Program adaptations, which are: Kids' Connection, Youth Connection, Kids' Connection, Too, and Faith Connection.


what to call sunshine & cloud

Q: Do you have to call the Sunshine & Cloud opening ritual, Sunshine & Cloud?

A: Glad you asked! We’ve had many lively discussions about this during trainings. Below are some alternative ideas. Whichever you choose, make it consistent so your group participants know what to expect when you ask them to share something that makes them happy or something their proud of and, something that makes them sad or mad.

  1. Highs & Lows

  2. Roses & Thorns

  3. Highlights & Bummers

  4. Ups & Downs

  5. Happy & Crappy