Our Youth Club Leaders love to listen to what young people want to do or talk about when they meet together, so from feedback quizzes to suggestion boxes they use a variety of ways to hear their thoughts.
Tracy, one of your Lead Youth Workers, told us what happened a few weeks ago at one of our rural clubs.
We were discussing with the young people what they wanted to do, and started talking about being thankful. They jumped at this idea and asked to explore it more, so we decided to make pots of thankfulness.
They each grabbed a jam jar, a bowl of rice and some food colouring. The aim was to take a few minutes discussing things from 2017 that they were thankful for, and then represent it with different coloured rice in their jars. From pets, to family members and friends to life itself, I was amazed to see how much time the young people took thinking about what they valued. I’m ‘…thankful for my fears so I can overcome them to make me a stronger person’ to gratitude for ‘…sports which helped bring out my confidence in myself’.
It’s easy to label young people as ungrateful and self-centred, but that’s not what I see, I see young people who, when given the time and opportunity truly appreciate what they have.
They loved the activity, because it made them think about how much they had and gave them a way to physically express their thankfulness.
Mine is by my bed – I love it because it really makes me think what I’m thankful for. Olivia, 12.