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What are some ways to help youth in our communities?

Sorry for the recent change but was told I must change the title in order to reflect the whole TED community and not ask for any personal help in particular for a project. So perhaps instead we could share some ideas and personal experiences about learning, growing and the best methods we have had or experienced to benefit youth in our communities.

To get us started there are a list of questions below that could help get some ideas flowing, feel free to use them or not. All ideas are most certainly welcome.

1. Did you have a teacher that inspired you? What did you learn most from him/her?

2. Is there any particular school project or assignment you had that sticks out in your mind? What was it?

3. Knowing what you know now about the "real world", is there anything you wish school better prepared you for?

4. Do you love your work? If so, what inspired you toward that field? If not, what is it you would love to do if you could?

5. If there are three pieces of wisdom or advice you could give to a kid, what would it be? If you are a current student what 3 pieces of wisdom or advice would you give adults?

6. If you could design a worshop or class for any age group you choose, which age group and what would you want to teach? Current students encouraged to answer this one too.

7. Are there any classes, workshops, books, etc that have had a huge impact on you? What are they?


Thanks again!

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  • Aug 16 2011: 1. Did you have a teacher that inspired you? What did you learn most from him/her?

    I learned that education can be interesting. The perspective that it is fun to learn has shaped my life.

    2. Is there any particular school project or assignment you had that sticks out in your mind? What was it?

    Game Design. We were tasked with designing either a puzzle or a game, I created an offshoot of Chinese Checkers using a fantasy theme (yes I was a geek). It stands out beause it was one of the few times I was able to be completely creative.

    3. Knowing what you know now about the "real world", is there anything you wish school better prepared you for?

    Budgeting, accounting and other mundane stuff like that, that throws so many of us under the bus at a young age whenn we are financially inexperienced.

    4. Do you love your work? If so, what inspired you toward that field? If not, what is it you would love to do if you could?

    I don't love my work, but it has it's upside. If I could do anything? Either a profesisonal fighter, or an archaeologist. Go figure.

    5. If there are three pieces of wisdom or advice you could give to a kid, what would it be? If you are a current student what 3 pieces of wisdom or advice would you give adults?

    To a kid:

    1. Others share the same feelings you do. You aren't different, and you have nothing to be ashamed of.
    2. Losing is the best thing you can do. If you don't compete against people that can beat you, you'll never get better.
    3. There are infinite possiblities. Learn from your experiences, but don't let them control you. There are always more options ahead.

    6. If you could design a worshop or class for any age group you choose, which age group and what would you want to teach? Current students encouraged to answer this one too.

    Grade 5 and onwards. We would learn basic formal logic and critical reasoning.

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