What does Connecting look like?

Examples of program activities that would enhance a young person's ability to connect include the following:

  • Mentoring activities that connect youth to adult mentors. These provide guidance and support and build interpersonal skills needed to relate to older people and those in roles of authority.
  • Tutoring activities that engage youth as tutors or in being tutored. Both types of tutoring activities advance a young person's ability to work on group projects, communicate with others, teach, and learn.
  • Develop/find activities in which youth identify resources that allow them to practice conversation and investigation skills with individuals within their communities who they do not know very well.
  • Letter writing to friends, family members, and pen pals to build language and communication skills and encourage connecting to others
  • Attendance at job and trade fairs to begin building a network of contacts in particular career fields of interest
  • Role-playing of interview and other workplace scenarios
  • Positive peer and group activities that build camaraderie, teamwork, and belonging, such as team-building exercises, sports and recreation, designing t-shirts or other apparel that signifies group affiliation, etc.
  • Cultural activities that promote understanding and tolerance.

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