Askable Adult

Creating Safe Spaces to Build Youth Resiliency and Strengthen Connections

Project PEACE’s Goal 1 will be launching their new campaign “Askable Adult” to build the capacity of Adults’ in Arlington to be non-judgement and approachable resources and supports for youth in Arlington. The campaign will launch in May 2022 and includes a free training for parents and adults who work and support youth as well as general awareness about the experiences of youth in Arlington. Please check back here for updates and information about the Campaign.

What is an Askable Adult?

Being an Askable Adult means that you are approachable and that make space for the youth in your life to come to you with any question. An Askable Adult may not always feel prepared to answer any question and that's okay! Being an Askable Adult is also about being supportive and providing resources. Click on the links below to learn ways adults can help youth feel more comfortable asking for support and discussing sensitive issues.

What You Can Do to Be an Askable Adult?

Make the time to listen and open the lines of communication:

  • Listen without judgment
  • Ask open-ended questions to understand more
  • Recognize and validate feelings
  • Discuss expectations and boundaries
  • Remain calm, regardless of what the young person tells you
  • Ask the youth in your life how you can be more askable for them
  • Build meaningful relationships with youth
  • Get more informed about the topics that are important to the youth in your life
  • Be aware that LGBTQ+ youth and racial/ethnic minorities may have different experiences than other youth