When you ask a young person, “what do you want to be when you grow up” the answers can vary, but oftentimes, you are met with a response of “I don’t know.” Goal setting is an important skill for youth to develop, and there are several fun ways that adults can help steer the conversation in the right direction, without coming across as telling the child what they need to do or not do.
One easy way to do this is to create a vision board with a child. This simple activity can be fun for kids of all ages. To do, just go through magazines (or complete one electronically using Pinterest) and have the child pick out images or words that they like or things they want to do someday. Use the pictures they select as a launching point for a conversation by simply asking them why they chose that word or image.
Discussing post-secondary options can also be a struggle at times. There are tools to get even the youngest of elementary school students thinking about what is college and why is it important. An easy way to introduce the concept of higher education in a fun way is to have school-age students color mascots of area universities. It allows adults to describe that colleges have a mascot in a fun way. As they get older, taking kids to college plays or sporting events or just walking around a campus is an easy way to broach the subject. Colleges are starting to recruit students at younger and younger ages each year. It is important that kids have a good grasp of how their performance in middle school can set the track to high school graduation and beyond.
Giving young people guidance and support in the goal-making process is important for all adults to actively do. If you are wanting to help make a different in the life of a child, one way to do this is by becoming a mentor. If you are not able to volunteer, LSS is continually seeking funds to help meet our mission. Please consider making a financial contribution today. Together, we can make a difference!