As a mother of two independent and “expressive” teens, I am anyway quite convinced that kids of this generation have a lot of talent and ability. Even still, I must confess that my experience with the student interns at ParentEdge took me by surprise.
Over the course of the last six to eight months, I have interacted with about half a dozen adolescents who are interning or are planning to intern with us. We decided on this model to bring the child’s perspective into the magazine. So we invited students to write for us. Our initial experience has been so positive that we have decided to extend the scope to a few other areas.
The video interviews you see on facebook and on our website are done by a 15 year old. The editorial content has contributions from high-schoolers, who work pretty closely with our in-house team. I personally find these interactions refreshing and stimulating. For one, kids are more enthusiastic and that is a welcome change. They like working in a professional set up and the fact that we treat them like equals. At the same time, they are fearless and willing to explore. They are full of ideas and bring in a very different point of view (validating our original reason for involving them). And, they are willing to contribute without wondering about whether their ideas will get accepted. Of course, kids are kids. So, sometimes they require follow up (and a lot of that ), at other times their approach may not always be along expected lines. If we can anticipate that and cover for that, one can really make this a “win-win” partnership. Anyone with similar experiences? Would love to hear from you.