Monday, September 3, 2018

3 Practical Ways To Serve High School Seniors

If you have relationships with high school seniors, here are three ways to serve and love them well.

Letters Of Recommendation

I still remember the words my teachers, pastors, and guidance counselors wrote about me during my senior year when I asked them to write me a letter of recommendation. Even if they don't ask you to write one, it's a beautiful way to speak truth and blessing into their life. Take some time to thoughtfully write one for the seniors you know well and offer it to them before they even ask. I love mailing a hard copy to their parents as well, thanking them for the high privilege of knowing their child. It can be an overwhelming task and often take more than an hour of your free time, but it's worth it. If you need some help getting started, here's a sample letter of rec.

College Essay Editing

Our Young Life team recently invited seniors over to our basement to work on college essays. In addition to our team, we invited other smart friends to come over to help edit. It was a great success and we could tell the seniors felt cared for and loved. You don't have to do this in a group setting, it could be done one-on-one at a Starbucks, but it was fun all working together. If you don't feel confident editing essays, invite one of your "nerdy" friends to come along!

College Visits

Your high school friends are trying to make one of the biggest decisions they've ever made, "Where should I go to college?" What if you went with them to visit some potential campuses? Call the Young Life staff/leaders in that college town ahead of time and schedule a coffee date so you can introduce your high school friend to a potential college friend. 

What other creative ways can you share about caring for high school seniors? Email us here and we'll add them to the list.

If you'd like more help in knowing practical ways to connect with high school seniors, "Alongside: Loving Teenagers with the Gospel" is back in stock at Amazon.com.

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