Leader Guidelines for the "Bringing the Web to Life" Curriculum
Allocate time to prepare for each workshop, including time to do the Spiritual Preparation exercise, perhaps with your co-leader. Remember, this curriculum is primarily about the young people. The Spiritual Preparation exercise guides you to process your own feelings, so you will be ready and able to focus on the participants' needs.
Make sure youth leaders have time to prepare: Adult and youth co-leaders should read the workshop in advance, then together choose activities and determine each co-leader's responsibilities. The adult must both mentor youth co-leaders and support the program participants. You may wish to have a discussion with co-facilitators about ethics. Consider using the Code of Ethics for Peer Leaders in Young Adult and Campus Ministry or Code of Ethics for Youth in Leadership as a guideline.
To create a healthy learning environment for youth co-leaders, ensure that the skill level, capacity and maturity of youth leaders is in direct proportion to the amount of leadership they take on in facilitating the workshop. Reflection is a key aspect of learning so ensure that the adult and youth co-facilitators make time to reflect and provide feedback.
It is the adult leader's responsibility to support youths' leadership success. Be ready to show flexibility about style of leadership; both youth and adults will have their own style. Encourage all interested youth to co-lead; participating in leadership builds individual and collective identities, and hesitant youth may be more willing after observing peers' success. Adults should support youth by modeling attentiveness and cooperation during youth leadership and managing the aspects of the program the youth are not leading.
Adapt the workshops to fit the space and time available and your group's culture, interests, and range of learning styles. Plan tight—yet be ready to execute loosely to leave room for welcome surprises.