You can use a variety of approaches to assist youth to gain critical skills to ensure their future success.
This post contains some examples of approaches that you can adapt and use.
You can assist our youth to become the future leaders that our world needs.
Over the years we have discovered approaches that have enhanced the communication and leadership skills of our youth.
These approaches assist them to be more successful when they enter adulthood.
WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?
Today, the young generation faces more challenges then any previous generation.
Learning communication and leadership skills are critical for:
Earning a living as the job market becomes more competitive;
Maintaining healthy personal relationships;
Achieving academic goals in high school and college.
SHORT (30-60 minute) INTRODUCTORY SESSIONS:
The purpose introductory sessions is to encourage them to practice and learn these skills.
The goal is to:
Learn how to improve presentations;
Communicate in a more effective manner;
Improve leadership skills.
You can find information about short introductory sessions at the link below:
ONE WEEK (2 hours X 5 days) SESSIONS:
You can conduct a session each day during five days in one week.
Compared to weekly sessions the interest and involvement increases.
You can find out more about conducting five daily two hour sessions in one week at the link below:
You can offer a program over a period of weeks.
For example, you could arrange to have 5 to 10 weekly sessions or more if desired.
One of the main challenges is the first introductory session.
If you have not worked with youth this might be a challenge.
The first session with new participants sets the tone for future sessions.
You can find tips for organizing the first session with examples of agendas for the facilitator and participants here:
Online sessions can be set up for youth to practice communication and leadership skills.
You can find information about setting up such sessions at the link below:
BADGE AWARD PROGRAM:
Should you form an ongoing club here is an approach that can encourage their interest in presentations.
First they would choose a topic from the list of proposed topics.
Then they use the Youth Badge Presentation Worksheet to prepare their speech.
You can find the worksheet at this link:
TOPICS: You can find a list of the suggested topics for awards at the link below:
AWARD COMPLETION RECORD: You can find the record sheet to track their progress for various badges/awards at the link below:
By offering a variety of sessions and approaches they assist our youth to:
Overcome nervousness when speaking before an audience;
Organize and present ideas logically and convincingly;
Listen carefully to others’ ideas;
Participate in and lead group discussion or meetings;
Offer advice and help others to improve their speaking and leadership skills;
Work with a diverse group of participants varying in ages and backgrounds.
Above are some of the many approaches that can assist our youth to gain communication and leadership skills.
If you have any questions, comments or suggestions please contact us.
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