Purpose Driven Teen
Before we head into helping your teen become a more Purpose Driven Teen, it may help to start with the definition of the word purpose. The MacMillian Dictionary defines purpose as “1 [countable] the goal that someone wants to achieve, or that something is intended to achieve.”
I would say a Purpose Driven Teen is one who has inventoried their passions and strengths and is heading in a clear direction.
A great gift you can give your homeschool teen is the ability to know thyself. By helping them learn their strengths and passions, you can help them pursue learning and life with purpose. It may help them pick their degree plan, but in the least, it will help them discover that learning can be fun! 🙂
3 WAYS TO HELP YOUR HOMESCHOOLER BE A PURPOSE DRIVEN TEEN
I.M.A.G.E. test has a small investment, the assessment is done on-line and takes less than an hour to complete. The website states: “The IMAGE assessment tool is used to identify a unique pattern of motivations that intrinsically reside within the student. These motivations interact in unique patterns to guide the way they respond to people, situations and problems in the world. I will call the student to discuss the format of the assessment and answer any questions that they might have about the process before granting them access to the online assessment.
To complete the assessment, they must answer 91 questions in an online format. It will take approximately 30-45 minutes to complete. Two reports are generated by the results of the assessment: the Intrinsic Motivation Assessment Guide and Evaluation (IMAGE) which identifies their intrinsic motivations, and the IMAGE Career Compatibility Profile (ICCP) which correlates their IMAGE results and patterns to the motivational makeups identified as finding the greatest fulfillment in various occupations.”
If you are looking for a more in-depth understand of self. You might check into the AIMS Academy in Dallas, Tx. It is done in person, with 10-12 hours of testing over two days, and the cost is $825. I know some that have gone through this test. After considering the results, one teen went from plans to be an Elementary PE teacher to now studying to be a recreational therapist. Another teen learned she had stronger abilities to do many different things, instead of the same thing every day. She changed her focus from a specialized surgeon to a general surgeon.
If interested I would check out their FAQ section, but an overview from the website states, “The AIMS staff administers a battery of tests to help individuals determine their natural strengths. The AIMS program provides clients with a tailored report and summary based on their scientifically measured abilities. Test administrators interpret the results of each examinee’s efforts in order to provide career and college suggestions based on the combination of the individual’s aptitudes and characteristics. Armed with this additional self-knowledge, examinees should be able to greatly increase their chances of success in life.”
Purpose Driven Life Study
A great study to consider is Purpose Driven Life, by Rick Warren. It is very affordable, and it takes the most time of all the ideas presented today. It is a 40-day study, perfect for teens and adults seeking out what they are supposed to be and do. The fact that your homeschool teen has to focus on thinking through some questions at the end of each chapter may help your teen learn more about himself.
You can talk with other homeschool parents or the CO-OP you attend and see if yall can do a weekly study, doing one day a week. You would need a leader for the small group. Can you image a whole CO-OP of teens all becoming purpose driven teens? Think of the difference they all could make with such clarity! Another option is to have your teen do the study on their own over the semester or year. I know the title says 40 days, but the thoughts and questions can get pretty deep. As you will see below, we had our daughter do 1-2 days a week when she went through it.
Where we are on the Journey
We had our oldest go through the Purpose Driven Life study her 10th-grade year as a Bible class. She read one day/chapter, 1-2 times a week. We had her create a journal to write out her thoughts. After she had finished a set of 10 days, we had her do a collage and a date with her dad to talk about what she had learned.
Before going through the Purpose Driven Life study, our daughter wanted to be a horse trainer. So, her 10th-grade science was Horse Anatomy, her elective was learning Clinton Anderson’s Fundamentals for horse training, and she volunteered once a week at a horse therapy ranch.
After going through the study, with much praying and asking A LOT of questions, she realized a few things.
- She wants to make a difference in the world.
- She wants to retire young.
- And after research, she found most horse trainers don’t make much money.
From what she realized, we changed this year’s learning a bit.
- We still make sure she has time to ride horses with friends.
- Academically we have moved our focus to help her learn computer coding, instead of all things horses. We figure, having her learn an applicable skill that transfers nicely to the real world is not a bad thing. And as she gets older and grows in skills, maybe she can use her computer skills to help companies that are making a difference.
- Her science is home 101 basics, like how to wire a plug and creating a garden.
- She is part of the Leadership Team for her youth group.
In the meantime, we are considering investing in assessment testing, just to help her better understand herself.
Ideas to Consider
- Have you worked with your teen to help them notice their strengths and passions?
- What classes could you change or add to have a more purpose driven teen? If you aren’t sure, maybe ask them! 🙂
Let us know how it goes! We are with you on the journey.