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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 cliques 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