What makes you angry?

3 November 2014

Joy writes…

Who do you look up to?

What do you want to be remembered for?

Over the last few years we’ve been working on creating conversation nudges at Urban Hope. These are little prompts to get young people thinking and talking to each other and to the adults at each session.

One of the ways we do this is by writing a quote, a question or a thought on our blackboard and inviting young people to respond. Sometimes in response we get beautiful pieces of art, sometimes we get rude words and sometimes we get responses to the questions asked:

'BOYS!!!!'

‘My mum – she’s always there’

‘For always being true to myself’

Our blackboard nudges have sparked conversations about online safety, role models and what it means to be a good friend.

So, the blackboard gives young people who might not be comfortable having group discussions the opportunity to express themselves and have their thoughts affirmed, which is a really important part of developing healthy self-esteem.

We’re always looking for interesting things to spark discussions at Urban Hope, so here’s a question for you:

If you could ask a 14-year-old anything, what would you ask?

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