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Would you believe that the teen checking their phone during small group or strolling in late to your service has some questions stirring inside?
We’re not talking about “how many people will respond to my latest snap?” kind of questions. We mean big, deep, questions.
Questions - Answers - Course - Teen - Life
Questions whose answers can literally change the course of a teen’s life. Problems that demand to be solved, and ultimately will be—either by a teen’s own inner voice, their peers, or maybe even you.
First things first. To answer the question you have to know the question.
Wonderings - Age - Group - Age - Group
These big, internal wonderings will vary from age group to age group, but not so much between individuals. Here’s what you’re looking at grade by grade.
Freshmen ask: Where do I belong?
Sophomores ask: Why should I believe? and Why can’t I do this or that?
Juniors ask: How can I matter?
Seniors ask: What will I be?
Man, if those thoughts don’t bring up a few feelings from your younger days. . . .
School - Refining - Abilities - Sense - Purpose
High school is all about refining abilities, discovering uniqueness and developing a sense of purpose. Figuring out where you fit in the world is a universal struggle for most any teenager. And what they do in the midst of this struggle affects the way they pursue community, live out their virtues and contribute to a greater mission. In other words, these are make-and-break-years in terms of building a strong character.
Thankfully, research gives us some specific ways we can help. It just takes three little words in action: Mobilize their potential.
Freshman - Connection
Mobilize a freshman’s potential through connection.
This guy is looking for a tribe. Help him find one by connecting him with other teens who have similar interests, hobbies and passions. Encourage big goals and silly fun. Then, listen carefully. Pay attention to what’s said and what’s left unsaid. Stalk him without hiding behind the...
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