Recently one of our coordinators spoke in the middle school health classes. He shared about the program and shared a Be the One video. The response was overwhelming. 21 students filled out a response card stating that they want a mentor.
Almost all of them stated that they were LONELY and needed SOMEONE TO LISTEN to them and believe in them.
Together, we are feeding students hunger for connection through affirming relationships.
Open ended questions are a great way of getting a conversation going. Each week come prepared with intriguing questions. Here are a few:
- If you could be famous, what would you want to be famous for?
- If you could change one rule that your family has, what would you change?
- If you could give one gift to every person in the world, what gift would you give?
Being curious about what your student thinks or feels helps them feel valued and heard. The great part of asking open-ended questions is there is no “right” answer. There are no tricks. And as you answer these same questions your student gets to practice listening too! The students I have interviewed tell me they love the two-way conversations. That’s what makes them feel like you are their friend.
Jason Matthews is a youth pastor in Washington State, where he’s been serving students for over 20 years. When he doesn’t have to be in the office, he loves to be outside with his family, hiking and exploring the Pacific Northwest. He also loves to network with other youth workers.