the full side of the business…

Each summer, half full offers a 2-part Youth Forward Series for a cohort of 15 young people from high schools across R.I. As part of our commitment to “doing well and doing good,” these Youth Forwards are offered at no cost to students and their families.

  1. Our first Forward for 2019 will be on the weekend of July 19—21 at Roger Williams University

  2. The second Forward for 2019 will take place on the weekend of August 9—11 at Camp Irons Homestead

All students who attend and complete both Forwards in this series will receive a certificate of completion of 30 hours in Leadership Training! This looks great for college resumes! We look forward to meeting you.



Wole Akinbi

Youth Forwards Facilitator


The half full team, joined by several volunteers, takes groups of 15 to 20 teenagers on a three day, two night experience where participants build strong relationships, learn about their strengths, and work on plans for moving forward as a teenager. Discussions include a variety of topics related to daily life, with the ultimate goal to empower all participants.

Thanks to proceeds from the sales of our merchandise, rental of The 400 space and our corporate sponsors, half full offers at least three Youth Forwards a year at no cost to teenagers. 

Workshops for our Youth Forwards are uniquely designed and are selected based on the theme for that Forward. For example, half full’s Opportunities After High School Forward is a weekend full of workshops geared toward life after high school. This Forward aims to expose participants to all professional and educational options available to them after high school and also introduces them to topics like financial literacy, creating healthier meals, and an introduction to entrepreneurship.

Additional Youth Forwards and stand alone workshops are available for a fee.


Workshop Titles:

Overcoming Obstacles

Vision Boards (Planning Your Future)

Being a Force for Good: How to Spot & Stop Bullying

Leadership for Teens

Opportunities After High School

INGA (Internet Never Goes Away)

Dancing 101 with Thr3e Live Dance Co.

Nonviolence for Beginners

Health & Me


Thank you to our partners, sponsors, and volunteers that make our Youth Forwards possible! We could not do it without you…