Since I began working with teens I have observed how they see things. Unfortunately it is not that different then how we see them as adults. We tend to focus on the negative aspect of a situation which leaves us frustrated, stressed, and many times unable to move.
In conversations when I have been able to talk through how a scenario will be presented I always recommend a similar action. Start with a positive. This can change a whole conversation. Obviously there are no guarantees for how a person will hear what you say but you want to present the best possible perspective regardless of how bad things really are. Here’s how to do that.
I had the opportunity to attend a town hall meeting last week in Southlake featuring a presentation by Grant Halliburton. The idea was to start a conversation with the community on how to help teens dealing with all sorts of issues.
This particular event, hosted by S.P.A.R.K.(Students and Parents Against Risks to Kids), was prompted by students at Carroll Senior High. They had a close friend die by suicide. This prompted them to seek out help for themselves and their peers.
This video from NBCDFW explains a little more.
A problem as big as this has many pieces to the solution. The students decided they wanted an event but more importantly an ongoing answer to where to get help. This is where we came in.
Here at Teen Lifeline we wanted to take a moment to let you know how things have gone this past year and that we are excited about the upcoming opportunities 2013 holds. We are extremely grateful for the support we have received in many ways. Through donations both financial and in-kind, volunteer hours, services offered, resources shared, and more we have been blessed and been empowered to bless the lives of more teenagers this year than ever before!
Though some of you got a letter informing you of what this year has held for Teen Lifeline, I wanted to recap a few things and put them on our blog to make it easy for you to share.
I just want to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to our sponsors for this years 5K race. We are so honored to have these organizations backing our efforts to keep helping teenagers make better choices. Please take a few moments to visit their sites and see if they may offer something you could benefit from.
The Gathering is a house church plant in Burleson, TX. To find out more about their meeting go to their Facebook page by clicking on the logo to the left.
Paul Mitchell the school Dallas is a cosmetology and esthetician school in Carrollton, TX. You can find out more by clicking the logo.
“I am honored to introduce to you Allison B. Lewis. Allison is a mom, accountant, mentor, blogger and…my wife. We have been married for almost 11 years and I am so blessed by her. I wanted to take this opportunity to share a post she launched last week. She puts into words why Teen Lifeline does what we do. You can read more from her on her blog at DeepRollingRightField.Blogspot.com. This is also a great opportunity for you to make a donation to our 4th Annual 5K Run/Walk and help us reach our goal so we can keep reaching teens.”
This week I’ve been mad.
Maybe more mad than I have ever been before.
Because when I think about all the hurt, the lack of resources for people that are hurting, how the choices of one person can impact generation after generation…
I GET MAD.
Lately my frustration has been pretty narrowly focused.
I HATE DRUGS.