Chambers: August 2013

The Youth Council

 By Jaime Chambers, Council Chair


The Youth Council is up and running and had our first meeting during the 2013 US Conference in Buffalo. The Youth Council’s first task was to generate ideas of how to get more youth interested and certified. We wanted to get the Youth Council online through Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, blog and web cam. The era we are in is online based and it is time to move with the times. After an hour of discussing, there were many key points we thought could help accomplish our goal.


Where to recruit? We thought that more recruiting needed to be done at the college level to gain more youth. We believed that it could be valuable to present the concepts of RT/CT to different business schools, graduate programs, career fairs and different universities. We thought it would be beneficial to have the youth council do these seminars, so it's youth contacting youth. We are looking for more ways to get our name out there at the collegiate level and also to bring in a variety of people that are outside counseling.


Financial issues, both at an individual and Institute level, was another key point that was addressed multiple times. We believe that the conferences could become paperless and everything done electronically. A tablet could be used to check in, make transactions, and also email any documents that would be requested. At the Buffalo conference almost everyone was using something electronic to take notes; the transition to paperless conferences could be seamless and lower costs.


The actual cost of becoming certified is expensive for college students or any youth that is just starting a career. We believe this is a primary reason of why there aren’t younger people involved. We suggested there could be a student cost versus regular cost. We thought that students could get a discounted price or scholarships to help them start to get certified. We looked at this as an investment for the Glasser Institute, investing in the youth for our future. Pay it forward! Another idea was to have the basic week as an online class, with a comprehensive test at the end. This would eliminate the cost of instructors and materials, but also generate income through fee of class. Avatars could be used to practice role play. Moving parts of the training to online would attract more people and could eliminate some costs, schedule conflicts and add a convenience element.


Another concept we explored was to give credit to people that have experience using choice theory, either in a RT/CT extensive class or worked in a Choice Theory school. We thought there should be an option to test out of basic week and apply some hours towards practicum. Our thinking behind this was if you already put in effort and it would count towards certification, people may be more opt to continue on to certification because they have phase one already completed. There should still be some type of comprehensive test and fee for this option but shouldn’t be as costly as actual basic week training.


We believe that to get more variety of people there could be different tracts or paths. We could have conferences and tracts set up specified towards business, youth, counseling, and or schools. This way the knowledge addressed in different tracts would be applicable to the field a person is in. Another issue of concern is the analogies being used; there needs to be more that are applicable to an array of situations and to all ages. Newer age analogies should be used to connect to the younger generation and useable for real world application. The idea of having a youth conference was brought up, seeing multiple young people presenting and running the conference would attract younger people.


These are some of the basic ideas the Youth Council have discussed. We are working with the diversity council to attract more people. We are looking forward to making a splash with in the US Glasser Institute.