9 Ways to Get Ideas for Youth Activities, Part 1 of 4

It’s class presidency meeting and we’ve reached the point on the agenda where we talk about ideas for activities. Suddenly, everyone becomes very interested in staring at the floor because they don’t have any ideas. The class president is looking at you for help. I remember walking away from meetings like this feeling very frustrated. Since I didn’t like those experiences, I decided to do something about it. So now, rather than asking what people want to do for activities, these are the ways I train my class presidencies to use the following to help them brainstorm ideas for activities.
  1. Ask the question: What would the Lord like to have happen in the lives of those we serve?
  2. Open up a copy of For the Strength of Youth and choose a standard that class members need help with. (You can do this with any kind of a list: Young Women Values, objectives of the Young Women program, etc.)
  3. Share a scripture or counsel from a church leader and discuss how we can follow what is taught in that scripture or counsel.
  4. Who in our class do we need to include more? Is there an interest they have that they could share or teach in an activity?
  5. Who needs service? Did one of the girls moms just have surgery? Are there any new moms in the area who could use some help? What about single women or widows?
  6. What activities from the LDS Youth Activities website are connected to the Come Follow Me lesson outlines we will be teaching soon?
  7. Ask what goals the youth have and what they want or need to learn about to complete them.
  8. Use the instructions on the   LDS Youth Activities Website labeled “Plan with a Purpose”
  9. Follow Kollette Hall’s Planning with a Purpose Tutorial

Now, when they get stuck, I simply prompt them with the question, “What can we do when we get stuck?”

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Here’s how one of these techniques looks in action: I recently shared Elder Anderson’s youth temple challenge with my class presidency. You can view it here.

I asked how we could get more Beehive age girls to participate in Elder Anderson’s challenge. They answered that we should have an activity about Family History. We chose a date for the activity and tabled the discussion for the next meeting.

In what ways do you help your youth leaders to plan with a purpose? What obstacles do you experience in planning activities?

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