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Engaging Young People – Working with Groups

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!


Video 7: Alert… Advise… (Working with Groups)

Length: 4 minutesAuthor: Pete

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.

Video 12: The World Sees Me (Working with Groups)

Length: 6 minutesAuthor: Pete

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.

Video 14: Yes, No, Still Thinkin’… (Working with Groups)

Length: 5 minutesAuthor: Pete

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…

Video 23: Snippets (Working with Groups)

Length: 7 minutesAuthor: Pete

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?’  

Video 24: Right Now, I Need… (Working with Groups)

Length: 5 minutesAuthor: Pete

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’…  

Video 29: Going Away (Working with Groups)

Length: 3 minutesAuthor: Pete

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?’