8 Games for Youth Leadership Training

Are you looking for an innovative approach to teach youth leadership skills and principles? In addition to being a great option, educational games engage and inspire. This article recommends eight strong potentials for in-school programs and youth seminars.

Games

· Everyday Leadership Cards

Everyday Leadership Cards pack a punch! Each card contains either a writing or discussion prompt. For example, participants might be asked to explain how they would respond to a scenario applying critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills. At the same time, students are challenged to explore values and increase their vocabulary; the definition of a term is placed on each card.

So, what makes this card game unique? In addition to providing you with a unique teaching tool, it can be used in a variety of ways. One is to combine the cards with another lesson. Another is to use the prompts for essays or journal writing. Third, the cards could be topics for group projects.

· Thinkpak

Like the former, Thinkpak comprises a deck of cards. These, however, covers questions and application of Michael Michalko’s techniques. Who is Michael Michalko? And how did this game develop? A former officer in the United States Army, he assembled the top experts in academics and intelligence around the world to research and apply all creative ways to solve social, political, and military problems. This game became an outgrowth of his work.

By brainstorming and thinking outside the box, Michalko invites students to oppose his theories. The deck of cards might also be used as prompts for writing or research. Students could work individually or in groups

· Leadership Lessons in a Jar

Is your jar half empty or half-full? Well leadership lessons in a jar brims with 101 wisdom cards. The lessons teach values, morality, human relations, and more. Ask students to share their reaction and/or interpretation. You’ll initiate lively discussions or essays. Think of unique ways to integrate them into group projects.

· Leadership Word Cloud

Mix things up with a jigsaw puzzle. However, instead of buying one, invest in 4 or five. Then, you can divide the class in small groups. Nevertheless, take a piece from each puzzle. Watch to see how the groups respond. How long does it take for students to realize that a piece is missing? Do they look outside of the group for answers? The Leadership Word Cloud contains 30 pieces with terms. It supplies a novel way to teach vocabulary also.

· Chill Skills in a Jar

This game introduces coping skills for anger. What an appropriate topic especially with all the violence occurring in our communities and schools. Youth need to understand anger, learn positive ways to handle it, and maintain healthy relationships. This jar has 101 cards that you can combine with an anger management tips for teens book.

· Conflict Resolution Thumball

Conflict is a fact of life, and students need to develop skills to resolve them. Toss the ball and the receiver responds to the prompt or question under his or her thumb. The conflict resolution thumball can serve as an icebreaker or activity to summarize key points.

· Choices in a Jar

Choices in a Jar provokes critical thinking and making good decisions. The jar holds 101 cards with interesting situations. Each dilemma reinforces the connection between choices and consequences.