What do young people need more from adults in their life? As adults, are we doing a good enough job providing these things? Young people need:
To be seen
To be valued
To be heard
To be accepted
To be cared for
To feel safe
To feel loved
To feel that they matter
To feel a sense of purpose
To have important mentors
To have emotional regulation modeled to them by important adults in their life
To have a safe space to express their emotions
To have boundaries placed on them
To know it’s OK to be angry
To know that anger doesn’t last forever
To know that it’s not OK to hurt others
To know that the words they use with others matters
To know that they are not alone in their hurt
To know that everyone is lonely at times
To know that, despite the chaos and disconnect in the world, it is still a beautiful place
To know that surrounding themselves with the right people matters
To know that their contribution to the world matters
To know they have an important voice
To know that their actions can change another person’s life for better or worse
The list could go on and on, but in the wake of the Uvalde, Texas massacre, I can’t help but think we are failing the youth of today.
Can we do better?
I cannot imagine the enormous pain and grief the families of the victims are going through at this moment.
To the countless teachers, coaches, and other adults who have devoted themselves to providing the conditions described above, keep doing what you are doing. The world needs you more than ever.
To all the victims of the senseless, brutal, and tragic shooting in Texas, may you rest in peace and never be forgotten.
KAUST Faculty, Pedagogical Coach. Presenter & Workshop Leader.IB Educator. #RunYourLife podcast host.