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This publication offers ideas to adults who want to help their teens learn how to make good decisions.

As tomorrow's leaders, teens need to know how to make safe, thoughtful and wise decisions. They need to have a sense of values to guide their decisions. They also need the skills and the confidence to stand up for decisions they know are right. Parents and other adults can help teens develop these qualities by asking them to take part in important family, school and community activities. This gives youth the chance to work with adult leaders and learn from them. At the same time, teens have a lot of skills and talents to share, and their families, schools and communities will benefit by allowing youth to be involved in making important decisions.

Adults often will be surprised at how much teens can contribute to a project or decision. Teens can add energy, ideas and commitment. By working with adults on meaningful matters, teens learn a lot about decision-making, values and responsibility.