When the pandemic started, I started hosting online meetups for self-directed teenagers from all around the world. They’re fun, free, and casual—a great way to meet new friends.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Who are the meetups for?
Teenagers (ages 13-19) who…
- consider themselves self-directed learners
- come from anywhere in the world
- want to make new friends
- are mature enough to talk to total strangers
- speak English (or are learning to speak English)
How do the meetups work?
- We all meet in the big Zoom room, and I give a quick introduction to how the meetup works.
- I randomly split everyone up into smaller (3-4 person) breakout rooms to discuss the first topic for 15 minutes. (As a small group you can talk about anything you’d like, but please give everyone a chance to respond to the topic first.)
- We come back to the big room, and I randomly split everyone into breakout rooms again, and everyone discusses the next topic for 15 minutes.
- We do it all again a third time!
- Everyone comes back to the big room, I take a screenshot, and there’s a little space for final Q&A / announcements / banter before I end the call. (At this point, it’s been about an hour.)
- If you’d like to continue chatting, join one of the “afterparty” rooms created by participants… or organize one yourself!
Why do you run these meetups, Blake?
- Because I’ve worked with self-directed teens for more than 12 years, I think they’re awesome, and more of y’all should meet each other.
- …and I enjoy facilitating fun meetings between strangers.
- …and I have the time to do it right now.
- …and, you know, pandemic.