We Must Lead The Way

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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