Tips for Working with Teens – Tip #1

Tip #1 – Deployment Jenga©

· Using the Jenga© block game you can create a quick and easy
way to get teens talking without them feeling as though you are
trying to interrogate them
· Put a question on each tile with some of the tiles being a “Miss
your turn” or “Ask someone else a question”
· You can repeat certain questions if you want more than more
person to have to answer it. For example, if you are focusing on
pre-deployment intervention you may want more than one tile
that says, “When they are getting ready to leave I feel…” or “The
hardest thing about them leaving is…” or “I say good-bye by…”
· You do not have to use all of these questions, you can pick and
choose the ones that are appropriate for the group you are
running (pre-deployment, deployment, reunion, intervention,
prevention, etc.)
· If you have a group over 5 people get two containers and have
them playing on two sides of the room then have one person at a
time rotate out of the group to the other one. They should end
up with their original groups.
· Give each player a Free Pass card (sample at the bottom of the
page)

Suggested Questions:
I feel lonely when…
I am grumpy when…
I want to laugh when…
I get tense when…
I am terrified of…
I get tired when…
The worst things about being in the military are…
The best things about being in a military family is…
If I hear rumours, I will ask ________ to get the facts…
The thing that worries me the most about them coming back is…
When they are away it is harder for me to…
I am shy when…
I am much nicer when…
I am conflicted about…
I am cautious when…
I get crazy when…
I am calm when…
I feel brave when…
I am most cheerful when…
I am sad when…
I feel fed up when…

* See a full list of Jenga tile suggestions at: http://www.whileyouwereaway.org (under the resource section)

* For more information about our books, blog, or resources go to: http://www.whileyouwereaway.org

* To submit a tip or suggestion write to: megan@whileyouwereaway.org

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