At Fall Fun Fest, we split into family groups. We asked each member to share a little bit of personal information so we could get to know one-another. Depending on how well participants knew each other, how many other youth events they had attended, and their own personal experience, traits, etc., each person shared a different level of information. We then asked them to reflect on that experience of sharing and think about what they shared and why.
We asked and recorded the responses, “What other qualities does a person need to demonstrate before you would share more personal information?” Here was what they came up with:
- The Right to NOT share
- Someone who can sense your needs
- Shared experience
- Accepting of others
- Accepting of boundaries
- Sense of humor
At diocesan youth events, our goal is to create a Christian Community. We want it to be a safe place for everyone where participants can have fun and be themselves. But it takes everyone working together to make that happen. The things we came up with above are essential for us to live out this goal.