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Re: Letters for the Young Generation

Mel,

Great idea to feature a young motivational speaker, as well as send letters specifically geared toward the youth.

Lorenzo could also build the entire theme of the next reunion around young people. The theme could be "Tomorrow's Leaders Today" or "It's All About the Future" or something like that. Let the young people take the spotlight in all aspects, including prominent positions on planning committees. Give them high-profile tasks, such as serving as MC at the banquet (let them do it in shifts if there is more than one young person interested), delivering the opening prayer, performing at the talent show, etc. Let the kids put together a Power Point presentation of the family history; many of them have to use PP for presentations in school, so they're familiar with it anyway.

Having the youth perform at various functions is also a good way to boost attendance from the adults. Trust me, those proud parents and grandparents will be right there in the audience snapping pictures if they know that their precious one will be taking a turn as MC or performing a flute solo during intermission at the banquet!

Place special emphasis on giving awards to the kids for everything from academic performance to sports to community/church involvement and citizenship.

Give them their own event during the reunion, and let them decide what it will be (with some guidance, of course). Whether it's a tour of a recording studio (maybe with a chance to lay a family track), or a Hip Hop song and dance contest (with great prizes such as gift certificates to music stores or minutes for their cell phones), or a make-over seminar for the girls and a sports game for the boys, let them do something that interests THEM.

Make it all about the youth and you begin to build interest on their part, as well as inject something new and exciting into what may have become old hat and boring. Good luck!


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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