What young people are capable of

I’m still digesting the experience of my two-day program at Youth Communication, but what I will say for now is that the group I worked with managed to surprise me with their stamina in the classroom. Yesterday we effectively had a working lunch because they asked to see a documentary related to a discussion we were having on rumspringa. These kids managed to sustain their engagement for almost five hours straight. There were five-minute breaks at the end of each lesson, and pair-work doing computer research and presentations, so they weren’t tied down to the conference table, but from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM these young people (ages 15-20) were effectively focused on talking and writing about how youth around the world become adults. Friends in academia are all very impressed with this display of endurance! Hats off to each and every one of them.

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