As adults, there are so many opportunities to encourage young people. You don’t have to be a teacher, a coach or a pastor or priest to encourage young people though all these people are important community fixtures that do support and inspire youth. The only qualification needed is a kind heart and the desire to help. It doesn’t cost money it only takes a bit of your time.
Notice the youth around you and offer your support to them by remembering their names, smiling at them or complimenting them for whatever their individual accomplishments might be. The words of encouragement or kindness that you afford a young person may mean the difference between them carrying on or giving up. Be that bridge for them until they can acquire their own experiential knowledge when life deals them a tough blow. Imbedded in these experiences are great rewards for the giver because when we help others out, especially in tough times, it feels very good to the giver.
Remind the young people that you encounter that “One bad chapter does not mean the end of the book.”
Remember, all kids count.
Reach the writer at Hurlburt@wildblue.net.