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It’s not always easy to remember the turmoil our students experience during their senior year—getting the perfect pictures, working more hours than ever to save up, filling out the never-ending applications, and writing essays hoping they won’t be rejected. Our seniors are figuring out the reality of balancing life, and what was relevant to them last year in youth group is a back burner, “if-I-have-time” topic this year.

INVITE THEM TO CREATE A NETWORK
Senior students are sometimes scared to look forward because soon they will have to find new friends, change their routine, and re-balance their lives. Help them start learning those skills by exposing senior students to young adult life and ministry at your church.

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15 Youth Ministry Related Must Have’s for 2013!
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Take time to schedule a few outings throughout the year with just the seniors so they can enjoy time together, share how this year is shaping their faith, and maybe even work through a curriculum (I would suggest the Sticky Faith Teen Curriculum). If you have a young adult ministry, invite seniors to a few of their gatherings or on the young adult missions trip. 

OFFER THEM OWNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
I met one-on-one with my incoming seniors this past summer and asked them what Christ-centered message they needed to teach or show to others before they graduated. One senior told me she experienced God through music and wanted to leave a legacy by creating a worship event. After a few more questions, we had a plan. She has built a team of adults and students who are helping her with an Open Mic Fundraiser, the proceeds will support local families in need. She is taking ownership of her faith and using her musical talent to share her passion for Christ in a way that is meaningful to her. 

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EQUIP THEM FOR THEIR NEW REALITY
Find knowledgeable people from your congregation or community who can guide families on writing resumes and essays, filling out financial paperwork, and preparing for college visits. When you gather, be intentional about highlighting how the seniors’ faith affects who they are and what they do. Also, students want to belong once they get where they are going. Help families research potential church homes and campus faith organizations so students can check them out on their college visits.
 

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