Saturday, March 24, 2012

You Matter

We end the week as we started it, with a reminder to adults of the significant role they play in the lives of teens looking at two related posts.

Being in tune with the mental health of students can help us to provide needed support.

psychcentral.com3/22/12
A new study suggests emotional support from middle school teachers may often delay alcohol and other illicit substance use by teens. Researchers determined.


Non-related adults are important in teens lives:

news.health.com3/22/12
THURSDAY, March 22 (HealthDay News) -- Teachers and parents play a greater role than peers in keeping teens engaged in school, researchers have found.

While parents and school teachers are particularly singled out, and rightly so since they have the greatest contact with students, the articles recognize the importance of adults in general.

Be encouraged as a youth worker, even if you do not see the fruits immediately. You matter. Be prayerful for strength and wisdom for the journey so that your words and actions are appropriate and you understand your role in the students' lives. Be faithful to what God has called you to do and continue to provide the Christian support that makes a difference for the glory of God.

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