February Powerful Word – LOYALTY – Week 3

This week, we’re talking about speaking up vs ratting out. This is a major issue for many young people–when to tell a secret and when to keep it to yourself. In the face of loyalty, aren’t we supposed to keep all secrets our friends and loved ones tell us in confidence? As leaders, we know that’s not always true. How do we help young people to speak up when safety, fairness, or character are in question? As Dr. Robyn Silverman has said. “Loyalty should never require people to compromise their character. True friends will never ask you to behave in a way that is contrary to who you really are.How have you dealt with the issue of “ratting out” vs. speaking up in the past? This week, your Powerful Thought Assignment is to take inventory of your relationships. Is character, safety, or fairness ever compromised due to loyalty? Do you need to make any changes?