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Ice breakers ease new members into a group and help develop cohesion, whether among youth or staff. In an updated Youth Development Network tool, YDN shares more than twenty activities that break the ice. The games represent a wide variety of participation and contact levels, which acommodate the varying levels of comfort felt within programs and even from group to group. With new groups, start with ice breakers that involve minimal physical contact and allow members to excuse themselves if they feel uncomfortable or nervous.