Videos to help you engage with young people.
This series of videos is a subset of the Engaging Young People – 30 videos course, aimed specifically for those working with Groups to give you activities you can use to engage with young people, connect with them and build a relationship They are conversational and interactive activities so that, together, you can then begin to discuss matters that are important to young people.
I invite you to take a look at these strategies, and to share your experiences either with other members of this site or just with me if you prefer, and let me know if the videos and the activities are helpful to you. Go well!
This activity is great for large groups, a big fun, a bit silly.
Two envelopes, one with ‘easy’ questions and one with ‘hard’.
This strategy suggests that before you tackle a ‘difficult’ topic, you consult the young person you are going to be talking with, and get some advice as to how to tackle this subject, and what to do if it becomes hard for the young person.
An interesting activity for the right person – kind of creative and a bit unusual…and really helpful when a third person is present.
An intimate activity where you ask a young person if they would like to hear what it is that you have noticed about them.
An activity that encourages a young person to think about the tricky balance of being true to their feelings and embracing these, while being mindful of what they are projecting to the world around them, and the impact this will have on how the world will respond to them. A physical activity, both playful and serious.
‘A week in words’ offers a young person a way of reviewing their week by choosing from a list, a number of words that best describes that week, and then adding a few more of their own. The activity opens a door onto a discussion about what a person can control, what they can’t and… Read More »Video 13: A Week in Words (Working with Groups)
A great activity for individuals or groups. The example here is of a group of boys saying where they are in response to the question: ‘Do you want to stay at school?’ With three possible responses: Yes. No. Still thinking about it…
This activity asks a young person to explore their hopes and dreams…a ‘hope’ being a sort of : ‘Gee, I hope this happens…’ and a ‘dream’ having a bit more energy to it: ‘OMG! Wouldn’t it be amazing if…!’ With both ideas in mind, the activity asks a young person how they might pursue each,… Read More »Video 15: Hopes and Dreams (Working with Groups)
This is a reminder to be aware of what we respond to and how we respond in our work with young people.
‘Would you rather…’ makes use of childhood playfulness to ask a young person if they would prefer to travel through a pit of scorpions? A pit of spiders? Or a pit of snakes?
A groupwork activity and a variation on an old activity…but in this case people get to know each other via making three statements about themselves: One is true, one is a BIG FAT LIE, and one they would LIKE to be true. A beaut activity, and this video shows footage of the activity in action.… Read More »Video 21: True, Big Fat Lie, Like To Be True (Working with Groups)
An activity of imagination. As playful or as serious as you would like it to be. ‘Snippets’ are snatches of conversation overheard while jogging. ‘How would you finish this sentence?’ ‘What do you think is on the mind of the person speaking?’ ‘If it was you, what would you be thinking?’
This activity asks a young person, playfully at first, what they need right now? And moves naturally into a more serious conversation about what they might need as a person, to revive, recuperate, ‘re-charge’…
‘Frames’ shows footage of a real – life conversation with Dylan; and demonstrates how a Frame, which contains and focusses a conversation, can, if used creatively and carefully, result in a pretty interesting and worthwhile interaction. This video is 6.30 minutes long so find a time when you can fully appreciate how terrific Dylan is,… Read More »Video 26: Frames (Working with Groups)
‘Four questions’ is by far the longest video I have posted, but it seemed to need it, so I hope it works for you. It’s an activity about deeper engagement. Who you ask the questions of, when and how all matter. With four important questions in mind, the video and the activity explore the importance… Read More »Video 28: Four Questions (Working with Groups)
Imagine that you are going away? Grab a bag, pack it…with what? And what if you are going away for a long time? What about if you might never come back? Do you have ‘unfinished business?’