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

    More than I can count, but none that would be useful to you I fear. (Too heavy/in depth).

    9. Please feel free to share anything else you would like. Perhaps resources or ideas or talks that could be relevant? This is a free space to share what you please on the topic.

    Let kids be creative. Provide a pallete of options, let them naturally gravitate towards their interest, and create projects based on those interests.
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      Aug 16 2011: Now you have peaked my curiousity about question number 7. Perhaps some you could think of could be useful to me or someone else on the TED community, so I would love to hear more. Got a top 3 maybe?

      Also, I really love your 3 pieces of wisdom and your answer to number 9.

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