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I can 100% relate - I've been dealing with this recently. I've been implementing two things: 1. I encourage our HSers to "mentor" the MH. If we have an event where the students are doing something (ex: organizing a fundraiser or leading a fun activity) I pick out a few HS kids and specifically ask them to pick a MH kid help them. The idea caught quickly, and is working well. 2. I'm creating hype around being in HS. We will be having a HS only trip at the end of the summer, and there are a few other exciting HS only perks (missions, etc.) Together, it's allowing HS to break the "intimidation" boundary, forming relationships, and getting the younger students excited.

Also, do you have any volunteers or parents you can reach out to? For many reasons, you need someone helping you. You can burn out quickly, you need support, and it would be wise to have a male ldr/presence. I hope that helps!

 

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Stephanie's idea is golden. I launched a student mentor program [ commonly known as student leadership] that involves my student mentors teaching small groups for grades other than their own. This has helped the students see the difference in maturity and leaning styles spread out among the grades. While even our ministry is not "bonded" fully... everyone at least gets along. :) I'm preparing to also launch a Friday night program once a month for jr. high students only. Sometimes they just need their own thing to own. In your case... games/competitions. Use 5 minutes of your service to do some games that break down the barriers of interaction. Maybe pair up a hs and jh student to compete against other hs and jh teams.