We hear you!

I see your face anytime you walk out of the youth room.
It’s downcast.
You share great life insights.
But you feel what you say is way over our heads.
You feel like it entered through one ear and got out through the other.

It may not seem like that, but we hear you.
We do not hear this very often. Not in our schools, not on TV and almost surely never on social media.

So, truly, it seems like a lot to chew on, but we hear you.
We know deep down that this is the real deal.

We hear you.
We are taking it all in.
You’d just need to hang in there.

Tell us more often.
More importantly, model it to us.
Let us see the light shine from your life to our hearts.

One this is sure:
Your work is not in vain.

– a teen’s note to his youth group leader.

This sketch is dedicated to all the wonderful people that work passionately in youth development capacities all over the world. Your work is not in vain!



Author: Toluwanimi

Toluwanimi believes young people can do great things with their lives. “Give them wings; watch them soar,” He always says. He is a physician by training and a budding behavioral scientist with a keen interest in child and adolescent health and development. Having worked with teenagers for over a decade, he loves to study and practice evidenced-based methods of inspiring positive behavioral change. His current project, GrandHeights, aims to provide resources and mentorship connections that inspire and empower young people to realize their life’s full potential despite negative circumstances around them. He plans to develop an establishment that will conduct research, develop effective strategies that will impart hope, empowerment, and refuge for youth and families in at-risk situations. He also believes creativity can be a transformative tool and through his start-up, Missionary Creatives, he helps nonprofits tell their stories and develop strategies to drive growth.

One thought on “We hear you!”

  1. Wow
    I wish many youth leaders would see this. Many think they aren’t really taken seriously by their students or the pastors in charge of the churches where they work.


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