About Teens With Wisdom Societies
TWW Societies are just beginning to organize. By design of the author, they organize around the nineteen Strong Wills that the teen characters developed within the novel Teens Fight Adult Corruption. (Interested persons must read the novel to understand the purpose and concepts of TWW Societies.) Here is a suggested agenda for the meetings...
During the discussion time:
Teens are to solve their problems by using their nineteen principles of The Strong Wills. If leaders don't guide them into doing that, they are making a giant mistake: They are failing to give teens the principles that will guide them throughout their lives.
Leaders, your thoughts are not enough for them! They need foundational principles. That's because you won't be there to give them your support in their crises, temptations, and crucial times of decision making. And if you haven't planted the nineteen principles deep within their thinking processes, their moral and spiritual compass may be inadequate for keeping them on the right path.
TWW Societies are designed within Teens Fight Adult Corruption to be teen organized and led. However, it is perfectly fine for adults to organize and provide low-profile guidance for the societies.
From the very beginning, leaders must decide the scope
Since sin is contagious, you'll want to be careful not to mix in kids who are still doing wrong (and are dysfunctionally proud of what they should be ashamed of) with kids who are trying to change for the better.
The wrong crowd is enemy #1, and the wrong crowd can pull weak or teetering teens deep into sin. One society unhappily had to come to terms with the fact that their group was serving only to introduce the wrong crowd (from various school districts) to each other--kids who wouldn't have met without the society. Those kids exchanged phone numbers and pager numbers and began to contact each other apart from the society meetings...and they did wrong together.
What's even worse, wrong-crowd guys began to date the girls in the society who had great potential toward improvement. The boys wanted to have sex with them. The frustrated and disappointed leaders found it impossible to compete with the wrong crowd, the contagiousness of sin, and raging hormones. They disbanded their group. The following is good advice for them and others:
Read these options and think of other options:
Please understand that we are not against wrong-crowd kids. We are writing this way because experience has shown us that wrong-crowd kids who are not committed to change are liabilities to those who are committed to change. In fact, treatment centers say that wrong-crowd kids pollute the therapeutic community--render it ineffective and counterproductive.
This basic understanding is vital: You can't win every kid. And you must not put in harm's way all the teens who want to change for the sake of those who remain defiant of family, country, and God. They will exhaust you, frustrate your purpose, lead your good kids astray, mock your tears, and blame you for not liking what they've done. You'll listen to our voice of experience, or you will learn for yourselves...and get deeply injured and see some of your best kids sucked into the sewer.