All Teen Scene activities are planned and hosted by the amazing LIFE is Good Teen Committee. The times and locations for each activity will be posted on the schedule in May. Want to join the LiG Teen Committee? Contact us at lifeisgoodconference@comcast.net.

2022 Activities

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D&D Character Building

Have you ever had an existential crisis while conceptualizing a character? Have you ever thought that a character might be unrealistically detached from their past traumas or experiences? Do you not want your character to be static over a story? This is the funshop for you if you’re interested in any of the above. We will be meeting to discuss, create, and eventually play our own Dungeons and Dragons characters. The talks are meant to be applicable to any roleplaying game or character but D&D sheets will be provided. A D&D One-shot Game will follow the next day. Hosted by Damon Zerbe.

*Intended for teens and young adults.

D&D One-shot Game

Wanna come play low commitment Dungeons and Dragons? All are welcome as we play through our characters in a D&D classic: Arena fighting. The premise for our one-shot is that each of the characters were hired to capture each other dead or alive. I hope you come and let your creativity shine. D&D can run pretty long so be prepared if we go over our allotted time. Hosted by Damon Zerbe.

*Intended for teens and young adults.

Did Someone Say Pizza?

Of course someone said pizza! It’s a LIFE is Good tradition. If you’re a teen, come on down to the Teen Room for some free pizza and soda! Hosted by LiG.

How do u talk to mad/sad/scared people???🥺👉👈

a.k.a. Active Listening, Reflection, & other Peer-support Tools for Hard Conversations

Talking to people when they’re emotional is hard. It’s also something ALL of us have to do many times in our lives, sometimes WHILE WE’RE EMOTIONAL TOO. So let’s gather some tools to help us take care of ourselves (and the people we’re talking to!) in those difficult moments.

This will be a guided discussion around sharing tools for how to show up in hard conversations while respecting your boundaries & values, and seeing the whole person you are talking to. There will also be some opportunities to practice active listening, reflection, and new tools for engaging with conflict in a playful low-stress environment. Hosted by Leif Schmit.

*Intended for teens only please.

American Politics 101

Aimed at new and soon-to-be voters (but open to all), this will be a quick and dirty run down of how American government is structured, how it works in practice, how the parties work and what they stand for, the issues, and anything else you need to know to feel empowered and less intimidated to fill out your ballots in every election cycle. We can cover any questions you have, how you can be politically active outside the polls, and spend as much time as you want on whatever topics are most confusing to you within this very broad and confusing subject. Hosted by a tried and true politics junkie. (Full disclosure, your host is a radical leftist, but will remain unbiased unless asked about her personal opinions.) Hosted by Marjie Maier.

*Part of the Teen Scene program, but all ages are welcome.

Grown Unschooler Circle

A circle chat with 18-20whateveryearold unschoolers who have some experiences and knowledge to share! It’ll be an organic discussion between everyone who shows up, facilitated by me(Leif!) to spread the airtime around and support a respectful and compassionate conversation.  We’ll probably touch on various topics including:

– Dealing with capitalism (jobs, rent, money, burnout, etc.)
– To college or not to college?
– What are the unique barriers and privileges we experience as unschoolers when pursuing      careers, further education, and navigating adult spaces?
– How do we hold onto unschooling principles in adulthood? Can we? Should we?
– Finding community and building solidarity
– Facing the various existential threats that our generation is faced with

There’s no obligation to participate in the discussion, listeners are SUPER welcome! We’ll have an inner circle of our guests** and any teens who want to participate in the discussion*, and an outer circle to listen and lurk from, with the option to move between them at any time.
*Participants are welcome to pass on specific questions or topics, you don’t have to talk just because you’re in the inner circle.
**Adult Guests, please reach out to leif.schmit@gmail.com if you’re interested in participating! We want this to be a space where teens feel comfortable to ask hard questions.
Hosted by Leif Schmit.
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Let’s Talk About Sex!

A sex-positive, nuts and bolts discussion covering a wide range of sexual health topics including consent, safer sex, birth control, and more. Participate as much or as little as you feel comfortable. Get your burning questions answered anonymously, practice putting a condom on a cucumber, or just watch, listen and learn. Hosted by Marjie Maier.

*Intended for teens only please. This session will NOT be recorded.

Want to host an activity but need some ideas? Here are some of the teen activities we have had in the past:

Pizza Party Hello!
Improv
Helping Friends Through Hard Times
Gender and Orientation: Queer Queries
Making a Living as an Artist
Self Defense
Introverted Teen Meet Up
Handling Harassment for Teens
Unschooling & College

*As with all activities at LIFE is Good, there are no set-in-stone age requirements. But as a guideline, the Teen Scene activities are geared toward independent young people in the 13-19 year age range unless otherwise indicated.