It’s award show season and this weekend is the crown gem of them all – The Academy Awards – The Oscars!!!
In our media crazed culture today, it’s not just the nominees or the winners who get all the attention. There are shows and magazines and social media storms that stem from everything surrounding the actual award show itself. Who are they wearing? Who’s on the red carpet? Best Dressed. Worst Dressed. Fashion Police. Never heard of that movie! That speech was TOO long. Etc. Etc.
Why not take the buzz surrounding the actual Oscars and use it for a Youth Group Awards night where your teens get to nominate, vote for, and discuss who THEY think should win the YOUTH GROUP AWARDS!!!
I’ve used this meeting idea a couple times in years past and I’m resurrecting it for this Sunday since The Oscars air during youth group. It’s always a lot of fun. I actually call mine “THE SETONYOUTH AWARDS” which is how we refer to our youth group here at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (SetonYouth). You can be as creative as you like with your meeting. Here is a template of what I do and some basic discussion questions. I sort of let the discussion at the end develop on it’s own, but I use the basic ones I’ve listed below to get things going.
HOW I SET IT UP
I usually will take some red banner paper and tape it to the ground as a red carpet for the teens to walk in on. I have a few props which I put around the room for fun as well. Movie related things. I even have a blow up Oscar statue that I purchased from party city a few years ago for a lock-in. I utilize our dry erase board for nominees/categories. You could also use a chalkboard or flip chart as well. I usually always have junk food for my teens, but this would be a great night for popcorn since it’s movie related. You can even have a few teens be the paparazzi for the rest of your group coming in the room. They can take pictures, ask each teen ‘who they are wearing,’ etc.
I list these on the board and once the meeting starts, I let my teens nominate up to 5 in each category. They have to all agree on the 5 so if they nominate more than that, they have to vote on which 5 to keep. Here is a list of what I use. You can always add or modify the list to suit your needs. The basic idea is that they nominate and vote based on what would be BEST or WORST for Youth Group Teens. In other words, as a youth group teen, what would be the BEST or WORST choices/nominees in each category that a christian/catholic teen should/should not be watching, listenting to, using as a role model, following on twitter, etc. For instance- The worst competition show might be something like The Bachelor because it is not a good representation of real christian relationship/courting/love. An example of the best competition show might be something like The Biggest Loser because people change their lives to become healthier. (It’s fun to see what your teens come up with, but you might have to keep reminding them that it’s not THEIR favorite show to watch, it’s what is the best YOUTH GROUP APPROVED show to watch, etc.
- Best SyFy Show
- Best Reality Show
- Best Drama (TV)
- Best Comedy (TV)
- Best Talk Show
- Best Example for Teens (TV)
- Best Competition Show
- Best Actress Role Model
- Best Actor Role Model
- Best TV Couple
- Best Crime Show
- Best Female Singer
- Best Male Singer
- Best Band/Group
- Best Movie with a Message
- Best Animated Movie with a Message
- Best Twitter Account to Follow
- Best Instagram Accound to Follow
- Worst SyFy Show
- Worst Reality Show
- Worst Drama (TV)
- Worst Comedy (TV)
- Worst Talk Show
- Worst Example for Teens (TV)
- Worst Competition Show
- Worst Actress Role Model
- Worst Actor Role Model
- Worst TV Couple
- Worst Crime Show
- Worst Female Singer
- Worst Male Singer
- Worst Band/Group
- Worst Movie with a Message
- Worst Animated Movie with a Message
- Worst Twitter Account to Follow
- Worst Instagram Accound to Follow
Once you have your 5 nominees in each category, have the teens vote on a winner for each. You can either do it by show of hands, or even by secret ballot (little slips of paper folded and put in a cup) if you have the time to count them up that way. I usually do show of hands just because it’s quicker.
We have to be careful about what we choose to watch, listen to, follow on social media, etc.
How do you guys choose what you watch/listen to/follow and do you ever decide to watch/listen to/follow someone who you know might make a bad impression on you or your life?
If we choose to watch shows or movies that are filled with violence or greed or bad influences, does that affect how we choose to live our lives? How?
If we choose to watch shows that are competition or reality related, does tt affect how judgmental we are in our own lives with our family or friends or even strangers? How?
Do you know anyone who is affected by what they watch, listen to, or follow on social media? (ie. Someone who watches only violent shows and often starts fights at school. Someone who follows Kim Kardashian on instagram and is obsessed with taking selfies of themselves in revealing clothing, etc.)
These are only a few discussion starters and as the teens answer, I usually let the discussion follow in a natrual way. It’s a fun way to see what your teens are really ‘in to’ and a great way to introduce the idea of really thinking about what we watch/listen to/follow on social media and making good choices about each.
Should you choose to host your own Youth Group Awards, I wish you the best of luck!!!