It’s never too early to start thinking about that next big step in the lives of the young adults you lead. How are your Grade 12s and gap-year youth preparing to enter into their next life stage?

Stuck on the answer to that question? Try one or more of these practical next steps for you and your students:

1. Gather together

Bring some of your soon-to-move-on students together to discuss their upcoming major life shift. This is a great opportunity to guide and empower the youth in your community! Having alumni come back to share their experiences can be another huge win. Campus staff from various Christian communities at universities and colleges across Canada are also usually available to help. 

Not sure where to start on content for the gathering? Check out a sample of our speaking notes and a presentation. If you want to do the presentation yourself, feel free to adapt the above materials. 

If you’re looking for an interactive group experience, consider using the pilot episode of SHIFT>>ENTER to frame your conversation. (There’s a promo video, as well as a video to use with your students found here on Vimeo and on YouTube). 

Shift Enter. Stepping confidently into post-secondary.

2. Connect them with Christians at college/university

Whether via a presentation or one-on-one, connect your youth personally to other Christians at the university/college they plan to attend. Find their campus-specific contact info on our website and/or help them connect with us, so that they can be followed up personally by their local Power to Change-Students community.

3. Start (or continue) a mentorship conversation

If you are planning to have one-on-one pre-graduation conversations with your youth, check out our Mentorship Resource conversation cards. If you’d like guidance in starting a mentorship relationship, our FAQ may be of help. We also have a number of articles you can use to spark conversation with your Grade 12s or gap-year youths.

4. Learn via podcasts

Whether you feel like a pro or not, we know that there is always something new to learn in life, especially about the complex lives of teenagers shifting into post-secondary life! So, whether you’re at your desk, doing the dishes, or exercising in the park, we recommend you have a listen to one or both of these great podcasts:

Youth Ministry Team Podcast, Episode 41: “How do you support students who move away?” 

Youth Ministry Team Podcast, Episode 108: “What should you do now to help the faith of students who are soon going to graduate?”

5. Get more tips in your inbox

Maybe podcasts aren’t your jam and you prefer ingesting knowledge by reading. No problem! We’ve got you covered with our (already-mentioned) online articles, as well as our email lists. We have lists for various audiences, including both youth influencers and high school students. 

What are you waiting for? Sign up here!

6. We’re all in this together

This is the power of the Church! Recognizing that, Power to Change-Students annually encourages churches to pray for students heading to universities and colleges. Every year we specifically designate one Sunday in mid-August as “Every Student Sunday.” For more information on this, including presentation resources, please check out our website!

7. Get your welcome mat ready!

The Church forms the backbone of Christian community and so we’re excited for you if your church is in a university/college town. If that’s the case, you could be seeing new youth coming your way! So be sure to welcome them into your church family with all the hospitality know-how we’re sure you already have!

So, how will you help introduce your youth to the next stage in their life?

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