What to consider when using a resource person.
Another name for experts such as health workers, extension agents, small business advisors, etc., is resource person. Using a resource person is a good way to make your youth group activities even more interesting and useful to its members. These resource people can't replace you as the leader - it is you as group leader who knows the group and has their respect. But resource persons can help make your job better and easier too.
When using a resource person, it is important that the leader plan ahead, both in deciding when to hold the group meeting and in arranging exactly what topics the resource person will cover.
• Meet with the resource person and explain what it is you would like to do.
What are the teaching methods used in the leaders guides?
The leaders guides and the activities contained in them are designed to be used in a participatory, learning-by-doing approach. The activities should be fun and interesting. They should be something the group members can enjoy and learn from at the same time. The group members should be a part of the learning process, helping to develop all of the activities. The conclusions reached at the end of each activity should be their conclusions, based on participation and group decisions. The "traditional" process in which an instructor reads to or lectures to a group should be avoided.
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