Flying or Flopping?

I hate to be an alarmist, but a pretty severe concern has been stirring up in me for the past several years. It has to do with young adults today. I believe I have the solution, but perhaps the problem hasn’t been on your radar. It should be.

We coaches aim for impact beyond the debate round.

This picture was taken at a 2005 debate camp. I wonder how much impact these young people are having today?

I was reminded of this concern last week when a BBC article made a subtle stir on the Internet. It announced the new cut-off date for adulthood at 25, not 18, for professional psychology. The article gave my wife and I mixed feelings. On one hand, psychologists dealing with fundamental issues in people is healthy. On the other hand, it is feared that this is a dummying down of kids who need to grow up. (Read our response AGING ADOLESCENTS on our family blog.)

Whichever way you read this report, the conclusion is clear: today’s young people are in crisis. My debate coaches and I have been talking about this for quite some time. We’re concerned that after a dynamic and albeit safe career of speaking and debating in high school, these young whipper-snapper kids graduate to be come…nothing much.

For educators, that’s pretty disappointing. We want these kids to fly high, not flop into a duck pond.

If you’re one of my typical blog readers, you’re long past the 16-24 year old “crisis” age. Nevertheless, this problem has got to alarm you. It has become an epidemic: adults living in their parents’ basements, never-before-higher unemployment in young adults, chronic college enrollment without ever figuring out life’s next steps. While a society can sustain some drifting, a generation prone to it will harm us all.

Do you know someone that fits this mold? Here’s my best solution for them: the FOR ACTION CONFERENCE.

Training Minds Ministry is pulling in speakers from across the country to one centralized event, held at Focus on the Family in Colorado Springs, to train students for action. I have selected seven speakers — including myself — to teach upon the mindset and skills a young person has to have for successful living.

Interested? Check out the link below. Parents and younger siblings are welcome to join. And if you know of a young person who could use an encouraging push in the right direction, the For Action Conference is likely just the thing.

For Action Conference

January 2-4, 2014
Focus on the Family, Colorado Springs
trainingminds.org/action

Are you a debater? Join me in Colorado in July for the Training Minds Camp!