Making New Friends
Let's Do This
Making friends can be a common worry for kids...especially at the start of a new school year. Whether the young people in your life are going to a new school or just trying to make some new friends in their class, you can play a role in helping them build relationships! Here’s some ideas to share with the youth you know:
Be an includer! If you see someone sitting alone, ask if you can join them or invite others to join you for an activity.
- Ask other kids open ended questions. For example, “What did you do this summer?” or “What are you most excited for this year?”.
Introduce yourself to others. If you see someone you don’t know, take the first step and say hi.
- Compliment others. For example, if you like a peer’s outfit, let them know! This can make them feel good and be a great conversation starter.
Meeting new people and making friends is a great way for youth to gain confidence and social skills. Challenge the kids you know to meet a new person every day for the first week of school. This will help to break the ice and grow their friend groups throughout the school year.