A Possible Model for Youth Consultants

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Goal: Youth Consultants will learn how to find and prepare names for temple ordinances and then help others as they meet with one peer per month in a mentored environment.

Leaders’ Responsibilities

  • Extend Callings to 4-6 youth family history consultants.
  • Assign a mentor for each youth (mentors will most likely be ward family history consultants).
  • Hold “Youth Day” in the Family History Center or a Member’s Home once per month. Those in attendance will be the youth family history consultants and their mentors.

Youth Family History Consultants’ Responsibilities

  • Attend ward “Youth Days” once per month. You will be assigned a mentor.
  • Have your own personal Temple and Family History Experience with your mentor during the first Youth Day you attend. Depending on your prior experience, you may need to use more than one session for this initial training.
  • Bring one of your class members every month thereafter to “Youth Day” to have a Temple and Family History experience of their own. The person you invite may be determined through class presidency meetings and then invited by youth leaders to attend. You will teach your peer how to find and prepare a name for temple ordinances. Your mentor will be there to answer questions and provide assistance as needed.
  • At the end of each session, invite your peer to act by asking what they think their next step should be (this could be attending the temple, working on their own at home, meeting with you again at a future youth day).

Mentors’ Responsibilities

  • Familiarize yourself with the principles for helping others provided in the “Your Calling” area of the Consultant Planner on Family Search.
  • Attend ward “Youth Days” once per month with your assigned Youth Consultant. Train your new youth consultant how to find and prepare names for temple work, and provide tips and advice on how to help others. The goal for this initial training is not for the youth consultant to know everything and be able to teach someone else on their own. The goal is for them to have a positive, spiritual experience and be confident that they can (with your help) provide a positive, spiritual experience for others. You may need to use more than one session for this initial training.
  • When the youth consultant begins to meet with peers during youth days, let them lead the meeting with their peer. Your job will be to provide tips and direction as needed during the meeting. As the youth consultant becomes more and more comfortable, it is anticipated that they will need less and less input from you for these meetings.