again from the AoH emaillist:
Many thanks to all who contributed to this discussion! I took your suggestions to our host team for discussion, and we settled on these:
Check-in: What hunger brought you here tonight?
World-cafe Q1: How does being in our church community nourish you?
World-cafe Q2: What else could our church become if we all shared our best selves?
World-cafe Q3: What would help you share your best self (who you are when you are at your best) with the church?
Check-out: What seems possible now?
I work with teens full-time here in Ontario, Canada. We have created an Art of Youth Engagement course for teens and social workers that has embedded World Café as a core process. In these courses, I work with teens as young as 13. Having materials like clay/play doh, pipe cleaners, markers and paper always makes a big difference. I also host the cafés in partnership with youth so they can help ensure the questions are framed in an accessible way. It has worked marvellously. The social workers listen more to the youth than to me. Youth have an ability to speak to the heart of the matter uncomplicated by bureaucratic constraints and academic knowledge. They are insightful and real. In these sessions, my café rounds last 20 minutes.
Working with teens is fun and rewarding. More recently, I did several arts-based discussion groups with latency-age kids 7 to 11 that worked brilliantly. The had much to talk about. The topics of our conversation was around client satisfaction measures for kids who are seeking counselling and skills to manage their anxiety and anger. The kids, mainly boys, were full of energy but also very thoughtful. In these groups I didn’t stay in a topic for longer than 10 minutes and I didn’t have adults and youth collaborating. I have to say that the 10 and 11 year olds participated more than the 7 year olds but with few words, the 7 year olds got their points across.
I hope that helps.
Best of luck,