Smiling Teenagers

Book Review Part 3: Developing Teen Leadership

I was recently asked to review a book on teen leadership. The book is called Developing Teen Leadership: A Practical Guide for Youth Group Advisors, Teachers and Parents. It is written by Dan Appleman who has 20 years of experience working with youth.

Today, I am reviewing Part 3 of the book – Programs and Activities. You can read my review of the first two sections here:

I will review the other parts of the book in later posts. You can learn more about the book on Amazon.

This part of the book deals with programming. How does your unit decide what to do? It gets into brainstorming and planning. I especially like the chapter on types of programs, which mentions different ways to do activities, such as role play, games, seminars, etc. The author mentions that he teaches teens the advantages and disadvantages of these different methods at programming workshops. That helps the youth decide which method they want to use when they are tossing around ideas. So these would fit in well as part of a youth leadership planning conference with the the SPL and ASPL and other youth leaders in a Boy Scout troop or  the Venture crew officers in a Venture crew.

Here is the complete list of topics covered in the third part of the book:

  1. Creativity
  2. Types of programs
  3. Planning and logistics
  4. Energy levels
  5. Flexibility
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