(Also see related page: Activation)     

alt 12 days of Christmas bags by Laurie Johnson

alt Chocolate Chip Cookies DVD by Janelle Heath

alt Cookie Cutters - We introduced a program we called Cookie Cutters into our Young Women when we found it challenging to fellowship less active girls. Since all girls are different shapes/sizes, we thought that Cookie Cutters was an appropriate title. Leaders were each assigned a month that we rotated and each took a turn making cookies. We chose the same week that we all had our class Presidency meetings, making it easy for the girls to help in our efforts. We passed out the cookies to the girls that were in attendance and then had the individual class Presidencies deliver to the less active girls. This way each girl in our ward was visited at least once a month. This really worked and seemed effortless, because as leaders we only had to do this about twice a year! (Shared by Monica White / ga11152009)

alt Friends and Fellowshipping by Rorie Kirk

alt Ideas and Printables by Courtney Aitken 

alt Ideas for Activating the Youth from Jill's Young Women Page

alt Ideas for contacting those that are inactive or not members

alt Invitation Station by Rebecca Wachel - You could challenge the YW to give the invitations to the YW that don't come to church.

alt Find my Lambs, Feed my Sheep, by Gordon B Hinckley

alt Lights Out Handout - great for encouraging missionary work!

alt Prayer Sticks by Miranda

alt We're "soda-lighted" to get to know you better by Whitney Garrett 


alt Volunteer to pick them up for weekly activites and/or church meetings.

alt Have the youth ask the less active youths for their suggestions for activities.  The more they're involved the more responsive they'll be.

alt You could have everyone make Valentines for those not in attendance and mail them a few every day for a week.

alt Find the Loose Brick (scroll down page) by Brad Wilcox - You can adapt this story below to activation.  It is great and helps illustrate a good point when working to bring inactive Young Women back to church.

Rand Packer wrote, “Having laid a few brick walls in my time, I have discovered that every wall has a weakness, a brick that is loose. … My dad had taught me long ago that part of working with young men is discovering the flaws in their armor, the weaknesses in their walls, and then to tap away at them until you gain entrance to their lives” (Congratulations—It’s a Dad, Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1982, p. 2). When working with a child who has built a wall around himself, we must find the loose brick—the one interest, dream, or ability that will let us penetrate the wall. A brick may be motorcycles, sports, food, computers, horses, guitars, skateboards, or even journal writing.

One young man from New York attended a youth program at Brigham Young University. At first the boy kept to himself. His counselor, a returned missionary, was concerned and told the program director, “He just stays in his room and writes in his journal.” Was this the loose brick the director needed?

That evening at dinner, the director purposely sat by the young man in the cafeteria. He began a normal conversation and then changed the subject to journals. The director said, “People don’t usually believe me when I say it, but one of my favorite things to do is to write in my journal. I’ve already filled several volumes.”

“Really?” The boy’s face lit up. “I write in my journal too. I think it’s important.” That was a turning point. The young man began to come to activities and to interact with others. Before the program ended, he had found many new friends. It all started when someone showed a little interest in his big interest.

A seminary teacher spoke at the mission farewell of a former student. The young man looked fine in his new suit. His shoes were polished. His hair had been cut just the day before. He was smiling confidently and bore a beautiful testimony of the Savior’s love. His parents knew that the boy’s lifestyle hadn’t always been as polished as the shoes and as neat as the hair. He was never a bad kid. He hadn’t done anything terribly wrong. But the boy had withdrawn from everyone. It seemed as if no one could reach him. Then the teacher had come into his life and finally got through the wall.

Later, the parents asked the teacher how he had successfully reached this young man who had managed to distance himself so completely from everyone else. Had he shared a special story or testimony? Had he carried on long and in-depth talks with the boy? The teacher only smiled and said, “You’ll never believe it, but one day I found out your boy likes the reruns of the same old TV show I like. Your son would come up to me after class to discuss the show. He would bring me magazine clippings about how much some of the old props and costumes were being auctioned for and where all those old actors are now.” The teacher had stumbled upon the loose brick. Then he worked at it until he opened a space in the wall of isolation around the young man.

President Lorenzo Snow once counseled a group of departing missionaries, “There is a way to reach every human heart, and it is your business to find the way to the hearts of those to whom you are called [to serve]” (“Instructions to Missionaries,” Improvement Era, Dec. 1899, p. 128). A mother approached me about this idea and said, “But there is no way to reach my daughter. She simply does not have any loose bricks—a few loose screws maybe, but no loose bricks.”

“Sure she does,” I assured her. “What does she talk about or bring up in conversation?”

“Nothing.”

“What does she do in her free time if she has her own free choice?”

“Nothing. She just goes to school and works.”

“Then what does she do with the money she earns?”

“She buys lots of clothes,” the mother answered.

I smiled at her, “Guess what you just found.” Once we locate that loose brick, it may be just a matter of spending the time required to push and pull at it until we break through the wall.

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