1.3 Relationships

“Watching the teens find each other and connect with each other and realize,’Oh, I’m not the only geek on the planet, and there are other people that are really into stuff in an intense way and that’s okay and we can celebrate it’… Our writing club did fairytale fanfiction all summer and it was awesome to see how they bonded and got more comfortable sharing their geek with each other… Connecting the teens to each other is [a] huge success.”

– Head of Circulation & Young Adult Librarian at a Suburban Northeast Library

When learning is supported by relationships, teens aren’t just learning with each other -— they’re also learning from each other by sharing their ideas, providing constructive feedback, and collaborating on projects.

What does learning through relationships look like?

  • Teens have time and space to “just hang out”
  • Teens collaborate, share projects and activities, and give constructive feedback to each other
  • Programs incorporate elements of culture that are important to teens
  • Staff help teens build or join a community around their interests

Learning through relationships

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Self-Assessment: Interests

How well do your youth services and programs incorporate the principle of interests?

Example Your Rating Points
Teens have time and space to “just hang out” 😃 😐 😱
Teens collaborate, share projects and activities, and give constructive feedback to each other 😃 😐 😱
Programs incorporate elements of culture that are important to teens 😃 😐 😱
Staff help teens build or join a community around their interests 😃 😐 😱
Total