Youth outreach conversation

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What do youth need to succeed?

  • How do we maintain the ladder – how do we get into the high numbers?
  • How to avoid first three rungs?
  • Making decisions before doing something, with young people at the table
  • Trust is important.
  • Adults dismissive of youth abilities and what they can actually handle
  • Trust in accepting youth ideas
  • Adults be on board with what the youth are trying to do
  • Being opened minded – adults have one way to do things, youth have another, reach a compromise
  • Open to new ideas, even if it’s something you’ve done for a long time
  • More adult allies not looking down upon us but actually helping us
  • Be on the same level with your students
  • Embracing errors and mistakes, don’t be afraid to be able to adapt even if you have a “plan”, maintain a positive atmosphere.
  • Dealing with adversity when it arises – being mindful for your mindset
  • Taking risks could be a good thing and adults should be open to it
  • Not generalizing youth people – not all young people are the same – one young person’s idea is not every young person’s idea
  • Youth have to get just as much out of it as the adults do. Can’t just teach youth so that adults get the prestige
  • Level the playing field between boss and employee
  • Youth aren’t adults yet – don’t handle stress well – adults shouldn’t put too much pressure because they’re not fully mature yet
  • Youth need to be able to think positively about themselves. Realizing that you’re important too.
  • Older doesn’t mean wiser. Younger doesn’t mean dumber.
  • Sharing ideas, space for that to happen.
  • Finding out what young people want out of their communities
  • Constantly building leaders.
  • Recruiting a recruiter
  • Using other youth to connect with other youth – don’t let adults figure what is cool, have youth figure it out
  • Using social media to get out to youth - holding events that aren’t just work but a chance to have young people check it out. Opportunity to
  • If you want to keep youth engaged, don’t assume you know how to keep youth engaged
  • Don’t just study or watch youth – talk to youth
  • Don’t just use one youth for the source of your input – use a diverse group
  • People like different things
  • Adults don’t have clicks like kids do
  • It’s hard to give real feedback unless anonymous
  • If don’t feel uncomfortable by the feedback, it’s not 100% honest and open
  • But don’t feel too much pressure to make EVERYONE completely happy with every decision
  • Don’t look really desperate for youth
  • Don’t be cheap on the food
  • Not too close to when school gets out – it’s stressful
  • No Friday meetings! Adults think “if I can handle this, they can”
  • At the same time – adults are trying to teach us to be responsible
  • Get a gauge on their other responsibilities and priorities
  • Youth are dealing with so much – becoming an adult, school, etc. Be aware
  • Youth are figuring out the world – help them out
  • Don’t need to be babysat – need hand holding on some big adult things (taxes, money, etc)
  • Agreements – not rules – collaborate on making the agreements
  • Build teams – don’t pit youth against one another
  • Believe in your youth once they show you what they are capable of.
  • Connect and check in with youth, show that you really believe in them
  • Leaders teaching others to be leaders
  • Start a group text with all your youth (!)
  • Some people show their care and affection in different ways
  • Don’t people on the spot in front of all their peers
  • Be up front about boundaries