Stages of Life Development: High School

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Activities MENTOR PROGRAM Connect each teenager in your program with a trusted faith mentor. Train the mentor to build healthy relation- ships with the teen and the teen's parents. This will give students a safe place to ask and wrestle with big questions they might have. TRUTH CARDS Give teenagers five to ten plain index cards. Ask them to write one doubt they have about life, God, or them- selves on each card. Research Bible verses that speak God's truths to each doubt. Teens can add verses to the cards and decorate to hang in a bedroom, locker, or other spot as a reminder of God's love and faithfulness. SPIRITUAL GIFTS DISCOVERY Identify the gifts, areas of interest, and individual styles of teenagers. Research how Scripture has shown these or similar things being used to glorify God. List areas where each can be used at home, school, or church. Provide opportunities for teens to put their gifts into action. Evaluate with teens after such opportunities, and encourage them to do it again. Reevaluate period- ically. MISSION TRIP Provide an opportunity for a group of teenagers to step outside of their everyday lives and experience peo- ple in a new setting. Put the Word of God into action by serving the poor, the widowed, and the orphaned. Make sure to encourage discussion about how God is working through the teenagers' actions and any ques- tions that arise. Jayme Nichols graduated from Central Michigan University with a bachelor's degree in psychology and family science. She then went on to be certified as a DCE through Concordia St. Paul. Jayme has worked with adolescents for over twenty years in volunteer roles, mental health situations, and a variety of church settings. She married her high school sweetheart, and together they have three beautiful kids who challenge, bless, and grow them in ways Jayme and her husband never expected. About the Author High School • 4 • cph.org • Copyright © 2019 Concordia Publishing House

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