How to inspire "at risk" 9th graders?
Curt Rosengren on Making a Difference
Recently I got the following e-mail requesting any insights I might have to share:
"I am a police sgt and have served "passionately" for 25 years. I am speaking to a group of 9th grade students who are in a program designed by us to help them with their entrance into High School. Many of these kids are challenged socially, academically and have had small problems with the law.
What would you suggest I could speak to them about when I try to get them to be interested in a job or college after school? How can I stir up their passion and get them excited about it?"
I have some ideas of my own, but this seems like one of those things that would really benefit from multiple people's perspectives (I'm convinced that the cumulative insight and advice all of you have to offer is waaaayyy better than any advice I can offer just by myself). So let me throw it out to you - what would you tell these 9th graders?