Tag: connecting with youth

New Education Transformation Videos

February 22nd, 2011

The University of Oregon’s Substance Abuse Prevention Program sponsored the production of this video on making prevention education—all education, for that matter—personal.  These videos walk you through each of the three phases of the personalized prevention process: Crystallize, Personalize, and Relationalize (C.P.R.).

For learning to be powerful and life-changing it must be personal. These videos walk you through three ingredients that must be in place to move educational approaches from abstract and impersonal to concrete, personal, and life-changing.

I want to thank the University of Oregon’s Substance Abuse Prevention Program for this opportunity. Bryan and Sabine, thank you for your help planning, filming, and formatting the footage.

Part 1: Introduction to Personalized Prevention Education

Part 2: C.P.R. A Meta-Curriculum for Personalized Prevention Education

Part 3: Crystallize Your Message

Part 4: Personalize Your Methods

Part 5: Relationalize Your Approach

Part 6: Get Away from Group-think

    What might evidence-based approaches be missing?

    February 21st, 2011

    Last month I launched a new twist on webinars called, Ten-on-Tuesday: A webinar’s worth of important information in ten minutes. Take a walk, relax at your desk, or carve our a corner in your local coffee shop. You can join the call from just about anywhere.

    CLICK HERE to listen to the last Ten-on-Tuesday conversation, “What might evidence-based approaches be missing?

    Would you like to join our next call? CLICK HERE to receive updates on future Ten-on-Tuesday calls (You’ll also receive 3 free gifts).

    Our next call will be next Tuesday, March 1st at 10:00 PST. The theme will be, “Take it personally: The key ingredient for transforming education.”

      Part 2 of my interview with The Los Angeles Examiner

      February 19th, 2011

      Communication, respect and trust are 3 important issues when dealing with teens. In Part 2 of our Relating With Teens interview, author and speaker Andrew F. Robinson discusses these issues. Although Andrew is based in Oregon, his relevant, practical insights speak to the heart of anyone seeking to make a positive difference in others’ lives. He travels to speak and work with groups here in Los Angeles and all over North America.

      EBB: How can educators and parents reestablish a better form of communication with their teens?

      AFR: Cultivate curiosity! Good communication flows from genuine curiosity. Here are a few elements I explore in The Teen Age.

      1. Say less—this creates space and capacity for connection with teens.

      2. Ask good questions—a good question is one that produces more questions.

      3. Listen—seek to understand the meaning behind the oft-confusing ways teens communicate.

      Notice the natural rhythm that takes place in conversations with people we trust. Such communication serves to connect us with others because there is a natural give and take. These three elements help us create similar rhythms with teens.

      EBB: How do we get teens to return respect?

      AFR: In Put Your Boots On, one of the 40 reflections in The Teen Age, I liken relating to teens to an occupation. When we don’t show up for a job, when we cut corners, we lose the respect of others and may lose our job. Consistency is a key ingredient to fostering mutual respect with teens.

      EBB: What do teens want their parents and educators to do? (or not do?)

      AFR: Though the particulars may vary, all teens would like adults to do the following:

      1. See them—demonstrate the same fascination you would exhibit for a partially buried treasure

      2. Respect them as people regardless of their decisions

      3. Furnish fair, clear, unapologetic guidelines and expectations

      4. Do not try to be their buddy, or so-called, Best Friend Parent

      5. Connect with them

      Over the past decade I’ve conducted numerous interviews with teens. One thing in particular that may surprise adults is the degree to which they want adults to share their own past with them. I explore each of these in my book. Your readers can also watch The 6Teens Project, collection of free videos on our website in which I interview teens about these topics.

      EBB: What conditions are necessary for teens and adults to better connect?

      AFR: The Teen Age contains several reflections that address this question. In short, the essential conditions are generous amounts of time, trust and interaction. All three are necessary. Compromise any of these conditions and we will weaken our connection with teens.

      For more information, write to Andrew at: andrew@peoplechangepeople.com.