logo
g Text Version
Beauty & Self
Books & Music
Career
Computers
Education
Family
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
Money
News & Politics
Relationships
Religion & Spirituality
Sports
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies

dailyclick
Bored? Games!
Nutrition
Postcards
Take a Quiz
Rate My Photo

new
Painting
Heart Disease
Horror Literature
Dating
Hiking & Backpacking
SF/Fantasy Books
Healthy Foods


dailyclick
All times in EST

Full Schedule
g
g Teaching LDS Site

BellaOnline's Teaching LDS Editor

g

How Youth Leaders Can Help Their Seniors Transition

Guest Author - Terrie Lynn Bittner

School is out for the year, and your seniors are reluctantly facing the end of their youth program. Many of them donít want to attend Gospel Doctrine, Relief Society, Enrichment or any other ďboringĒ adult program where they donít have any friends. This is particularly true in small wards, where a teenager might graduate alone, and where there may not be a strong Young Single Adult program. This transition is particularly difficult for youth who have moved into the ward during their senior year and may not have developed close friendships with others their age. The youth leaders can play an essential role in making this transition a smooth one.

Begin thinking of your seniors as adults this summer. Sit with them when they attend their first adult meetings, so they donít have to sit with their parents. Sometimes graduating seniors feel like everyone still sees them as the children of their parents, and not as "real" adults with separate identities. Introduce them to younger adults, particularly those who are unmarried or do not have children. Help them meet adults who share similar interests. Ask for their advice in dealing with younger teenagers or in planning activities. Spend some informal time with them outside of classes if this is appropriate.

Reflect on your own feelings about the adult programs. Be sure you speak positively of the programs for adults, and share with your students how these programs have enriched your own life. You are role models, and your feelings influence your students more than you can imagine.

You have loved these seniors for many years. Be sure to stay in their lives so they understand that this love was real and permanent, and not just "your job." By doing so, you will continue to be an essential influence in the coming years of growth and change.

Copyright © 2007 Deseret Book
Where Do I Go from Here?: Finding Your Personal Mission as a Young Adult Woman


Add How+Youth+Leaders+Can+Help+Their+Seniors+Transition to Twitter Add How+Youth+Leaders+Can+Help+Their+Seniors+Transition to Facebook Add How+Youth+Leaders+Can+Help+Their+Seniors+Transition to MySpace Add How+Youth+Leaders+Can+Help+Their+Seniors+Transition to Del.icio.us Digg How+Youth+Leaders+Can+Help+Their+Seniors+Transition Add How+Youth+Leaders+Can+Help+Their+Seniors+Transition to Yahoo My Web Add How+Youth+Leaders+Can+Help+Their+Seniors+Transition to Google Bookmarks Add How+Youth+Leaders+Can+Help+Their+Seniors+Transition to Stumbleupon Add How+Youth+Leaders+Can+Help+Their+Seniors+Transition to Reddit




RSS | Related Articles | Editor's Picks Articles | Top Ten Articles | Previous Features | Site Map


For FREE email updates, subscribe to the Teaching LDS Newsletter


Past Issues


print
Printer Friendly
bookmark
Bookmark
tell friend
Tell a Friend
forum
Forum
email
Email Editor


Content copyright © 2013 by Terrie Lynn Bittner. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Terrie Lynn Bittner. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact Brenda Emmett for details.

g


g features
Attention Getters

Resurrection Eggs-Easter FHE

April Gospel Study

Archives | Site Map

forum
Forum
email
Contact

Past Issues
memberscenter


vote
Poetry
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
Less than Monthly



BellaOnline on Facebook
g


| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2013 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.


BellaOnline Editor