Archive for April, 2011

We Must Lead The Way

April 12, 2011

Good Morning everyone.  It’s Adra Young your favorite tween, teen, and young adult author shedding light on information that needs to be shared regarding our young people today.  Several weeks ago, I along with my business partner authoress Tracie  E. Christian were invited to present to the students attending Inkster  High School in Michigan.  Together as a team, we were instructed to provide knowledge on preparation for college, and life after high school.

All of the students were amazing and very respectful. Out of all the  groups, none amazed us more than our very last group of the day.  This group consisted of  all females ranging from the ages of 15 and up.   When we entered the room, everyone seemed to be grouped together with individuals they already knew.   As we conducted an oral survey with the young ladies, Tracie and I made a quick discovery.  Although the young ladies all attended school together, no one ever spoke or tried to make conversation, or friends with anyone else outside of their grades.

Tracie and I divided the entire class into eighth groups.  Each group contained one grade level ranging from ninth through the twelfth.  Every individual from that group regardless of their grade level was provided the opportunity to share anything about themselves they wanted to.  At first no one really wanted to talk.  By the end of this session, the challenge was getting  everyone not to talk as much.

Everyone left that day knowing something about another student they probably would’ve never spoke to ever had we not provided this session.  Some even exchanged phone numbers with one another.  The students in addition thanked us and provided hugs to us at the end.  In today’s world, it’s important that we teach our youth the importance of getting out of your comfort zone.   Activities such as this one listed above can provide youngsters with the courage and self esteem to do many other great things in the future.

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Keep Your Hands To Yourself

April 4, 2011

Hello everyone,  it’s Adra Young your favorite Tween and Teen author.  Today I want to talk to you about the importance of students keeping their hands to theirselves.  Often, not only do I catch my all male class passing licks from time to time, I’ve witnessed my all female class doing the same thing as well. 

Just last week I  instructed two of my males students to not touch one another.  The response from one of my male students was, “Ms Young, were boys, what do you expect? Boys are rough.”  As I processed what this young man had said, I understood exactly what he meant by his statement.  Young  men do like to play rough.   Which brings me back to my reason for writing this blog.  Often students start off rough housing and in the beginning, it’s fun.  Suddenly, the fun turns into one hostile and  unfortunately a situation where individuals end up hurt.  Friends who started off just playing are no longer friends anymore due to taking the rough house playing to the next level.

Currently there are two young ladies who use to be relatively close friends in my all female sixth grade class.  On several occasions, I had warned the two about  keeping their hands to themselves.  Their response to me was that this is how they played with one another.  Having to deal with the fact that my all males class hit each other for the fun of it, I especially expressed my bias on how I really felt about  young ladies passing hits. Just last week, the situation got totally out of hand and both your ladies were expelled from school.  Their friendship, is now officially a part of the past.

My words of advice to youngsters is simply just don’t do it.  Real friends in my opinion do not need to ever get physical.  Young ladies should find creative ways to play with one another and so should young men. Our youth today  apparently have not been taught how to play with one another correctly.

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My third book “The Misfits is coming the Fall of 2011