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I suggest a Facebook post be made announcing the coming reunion and plans to have discussions with younger family members about topics of interest to them. There should be a starter list of 3-4 topics, and invite the young people to add to the list via Facebook (or other social media) several weeks before the reunion. This way discussions and suggestions can take place ahead of time, people will be able to make input, take ownership of the session, and think about the topics beforehand. The topics need not be complicated or deep.  For example:


  • What are the things about young people that older folks just don't get?
  • What current reunion activities do you enjoy most?
  • What new things could the reunion planners do to make it more relevant to young people?  What would you enjoy?
  • Why don't more young people attend and/or enjoy our reunion?
  • Name one young male and one young female family member who would be a good leader or moderator of the discussion.
  • Name an older family member that you would like to hear more from--someone you think has a lot of wisdom to share.


Adding a topic or two based on current events will help the family explore individual points of view (especially generationally); help probe attitudes, beliefs and feelings; and create meaningful dialogue.

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CREATING DISCUSSIONS WITH YOUNG PEOPLE AT THE REUNION

 with DOUG HARRIS

JULY 2019