There are multiple ways to recruit teens for an initiative of this type and include:
- Staff working on the project may contact teens they have relationships with that may be interested in this work.
- Organizations that work with teens in the community may recruit and/or suggest teens for the project.
No matter what form recruitment takes, it’s possible to garner teen interest by highlighting that teens:
- Have the chance to design and launch a product that others will benefit from
- Have the opportunity to build something together, learn from each other, and learn from professionals and experts in technology and other fields
- Build relationships with their peers and adults
- Expand on their interests
- Have access to, or be given, equipment/technology that others may not have
- Learn something that others might not have the chance to learn
Succeeding in this work requires relationships with teens that are built and fostered even before the first co-design session.
Once teens are recruited for the project, focus on relationships by:
- Using Discord or another technology that gives adults and teens the chance to talk with each other and get comfortable with each other.
- Having conversations with teens via Discord to engage them in what’s about to take place as a part of the project
- Providing mentoring and coaching support as teens get setup with VR and/or other technologies
- Being open to getting to know one another in an informal environment