Raising a teenager can be a challenging task, and it's easy to let youth group attendance slip off the radar. But why is youth group so important for the faith of their children? A “good” youth group is a safe and accessible place for young people to meet and socialize in an informal setting. It provides opportunities to build skills and confidence, while also developing a sense of community and participation. The environment should be clean, stimulating, comfortable and easy to access.
Young people have the same right of access to community facilities as other members of their communities. When I was young, I didn't have a youth group in my church, but a very special math teacher invested in me and that made an impact. I started working with young people as a volunteer because I didn't want to see any teenager go through life without the support base that I would have enjoyed and learned from. NSYR results show that “youth groupies” are more comfortable talking to adults and have more supportive adults available than their non-groupie peers.
Trained youth leaders can help teens process all the biblical truth they are praying for them to grasp, believe, and live. Youth groups also provide young people with a forum to fully and effectively address an issue that is especially important to them, such as youth violence or education. They can also help teens build relationships with peers and adults who can provide friendship, advice, and comfort in difficult times. If you're organizing a youth group for the first time, it's important to make sure that young people are in the spotlight and that their opinion is taken into account.
Here are some tips on how to run a successful organization for young people:
- Create an environment that is clean, stimulating, comfortable and easy to access.
- Provide opportunities for young people to build skills and confidence.
- Encourage teens to ask questions and process biblical truth.
- Give young people a platform to address issues that are important to them.
- Provide support from adults and peers.