I conducted this survey last November 2009 on Twitter... Programs for troubled youth should? What do you think? I ran this "tweet" over the course of several days on Twitter simply to sample "the Twitter verse", to see if anyone would respond or even care. The following is a compilation of responses from those Twitter responders who let me know what they thought.
Programs for troubled youth should:
• Give each child personal attention;
• Teach self-worth;
• It should focus on relationships;
• The overall program should be resilient in its goals and purposes;
• Patient in its approach to dealing with problems;
• Non-punitive when dealing with discipline;
• Offer opportunities to do something for others;
• And attract, provoke, stimulate, excite and maintain the interest of its charges.
Adults learn most from the sharing of common experiences with other fellow adults. Experience is the Best Teacher. The sharing of experience is even better! Barriers that often deter adults from mentoring or developing nurturing roles can be overcome in situations where mutual experiences, interests and knowledge are shared with colleagues, thus, a way of connecting with new people.
Imagine if this had been an actual workshop with these adults interacting face to face with each other. Solutions to common problems could be mutually dealt with through the brainstorming of common experiences from adults from all walks of life. This is what I call "experienced focused training".
Mentor training or experienced focused training should provide a proven system for generating troubled teens with self-esteem building skills, concepts, ideas, strategies and problem solving skills. While training adults to recognize and help troubled youths to overcome limitations in the adult-troubled teen mentor relationships.