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JLBC Leadership Activities

About Working with 12-18-Year-Olds in JLBC Leadership Activities. These project activities provide a wealth of opportunities for the growth and development of the youth of this age. The JLBC activities are "natural" because they provide a fun learning experiences for youth and simultaneously help them with many JLBC social and JLBC group interaction skills encountered during adolescence. Here are just a few ways youth can benefit from these JLBC activities:

developing confidence in their leadership potential and their sense of identity. Improving self-esteem in themselves and others.

Enhancing their communication skills (nonverbal, listening, written, and oral communication) in sharing, reflecting, and discussing.

Understanding the importance of diversity and improving their ability to relate to others. Learning effective decision-making methods and experiencing problem-solving situations. Practicing different managing types of resources.

I am learning group social skills.

As you will discover, you will not only be teaching youth leadership skills, but you will be helping them developmentally and socially.

In working with youth, however, here are a few reminders that can make the project activities more successful for them and you.

Offer feedback when appropriate during discussions. Draw from your own experiences as a leader or member of a group to spark conversations. Youth need active interaction with adults by listening, responding, and receiving positive feedback. Remember, you are a role model for them!

Plan for various activities, or break the action into several short steps, to keep their attention. Be observant. Youth can respond differently to specific activities; if an activity is tedious, move on to something else. Remember that different youth learn in different ways.

Plan activities according to the level of leadership experience the youth have had and not according to age. Some 12- or 13-year-olds may have already held several leadership positions within their club, while some 17- and 18- year-olds may be unfamiliar with leadership. Just because someone is younger or older doesn't mean that they are any more or less familiar with leadership.

Many youths of this age group are already thinking of future careers. Discuss how leadership skills relate to different professions. Please stay on the lookout for articles or stories on the importance of leadership and share them.

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