So of course we had to try out the youth sessions on Saturday for RootsTech. I was really glad I had already scheduled my kids to be there on Saturday for the youth sessions because I had to press them into child labor at the booth in the morning. We were so busy passing out fill-in-the-blank charts that we needed their help. It was wonderful to have them around to help with all the youth we saw at the conference on Saturday, and then luckily the bulk of the classes started at at 3 in the afternoon, so by then they were able to go and I was able to go to the later classes with them.
The kids went to the 3:00 session by themselves and here's what they reported: They said it was about "how to get involved" They liked the videos (this is the youtube generation--descended from the tv generation. We all perk up when there are videos involved.) They liked that it wasn't one person talking the whole time. It impressed them when youth talked about how satisfying family history was--that it wasn't just the parents talking about it.
When I came in just after 4pm to the panel discussion facilitated by my friend Devin Ashby, I was thrilled to find my kids listening to other kids. YEA! They need to hear from other youth not just from the adults. That seemed to really resonate with them. One of the kids on the panel had been to the same school my kids attend. Score! They liked seeing what other kids had done to get involved. They liked that the facilitator didn't make it "all serious" (Thanks Devin!)
It was fantastic for me to walk in to that 4pm class and find thousands of youth in the auditorium. Fantastic. Just think what great genealogists they will be when they are our age. They are going to completely outstrip the efforts of this generation. I can't wait.
Next post--Elaine Dalton's Saturday evening presentation.