Recently, I met a new friend, Jack Hart, who’s developed a different way of engaging young people with his message. He works with the Denver Regional Site of North American King’s Kids. I thought you’d enjoy my interview with him. Over the last two days, I shared his responses to four questions. Let’s pick it up there with one last question I asked him:
Q: What words of wisdom or advice would you share with others on how to reach students with their message?
For parents, teachers and mentors, we need to realize that our time is short to make an impact on the next generation. The window of opportunity is closing a bit each day as students need to be prepared and equipped for life when they’re no longer under our authority. So taking time to pray for and talk to our students to capture God’s dream for their life and call that dream out in them, helping them discover how they’re wired, how their unique perspective is needed and how they were made to influence the world in a redemptive way. Thus “designing with the end in mind,” we must prepare learning situations where they can experientially acquire the knowledge and skills that will equip them to be successful (think EPIC).
Remember that a “word in season” can become pivotal in the student’s life. My mentor, Harry Blackstone, Jr. while visiting me while I was working at the Main Street Magic shop at Disneyland, off handedly mentioned just before leaving, that I should go see Bob Yani the director entertainment at the park. I took his advice which led to working at DisneyWorld the year they opened in 1971. One simple comment catapulted me into a 25-year career trajectory that culminated in eleven Emmy nominations. Be ready to be pivotal in someone’s life.
Be intentional in your time with students. We often keep kids busy (with activities) so that they stay out of trouble. This is a defensive posture that’s sadly resulted in a high percentage of kids dropping out of school, church youth groups and meaningful activities. So helping students connect to a story bigger than themselves will keep them plenty busy in a constructive, vision-driven way that prepares them to continue past the high school years into adult responsibility and leadership.