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PeaceBuilders PraiseTrain
There are many ways to praise people. When working with young people, the trick is to make it fun while teaching them the important aspects of meaningful praise.

Whether training adults or youth, it's important to point out that there are three things to remember when giving praise: it should be timely so that its impact will be strong. It should be specific so that the person being praised is encouraged to repeat the action. It should be meaningful in that it is character or behavior driven.

PraiseNotes are one of the most common ways PeaceBuilders deliver praise. They are powerful because they are a tangible gift that can be saved and reviewed at any time. Another great way to deliver written praise, though, is through the PraiseTrain activity. This activity is especially effective with pre-teens, teens and adults.

To get started, give each participant a piece of construction paper, a clothes pin, and a washable marker. Ask them to write their names at the top of the paper and then pin the paper on their backs.

Participants circulate around the room and write praises on each others' paper. They do not need to include their names, just the words of praise. They can write one word, like "helpful" or a phrase like "always has a kind word to say."

As the activity goes on, the participants unconsciously form lines that resemble trains.

Remind the young people to be sure to write a praise on everyone's back.

Give the participants enough time to write praises for everyone; then ask them all to take their seat and read the nice things people have written about them. Point out the smiling faces, and ask people to share the praises they received.

Ask which praise they liked best. Which praise was most surprising? You'll be surprised at the comments and happy about the team-building that naturally occurs.

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