Exploring youth engagement in a digital age
I run a several Facebook Pages and one is for a Islamic Musician who is also a Imaam [leader] in the local mosque and runs Nasheed [Islamic songs] classes for children.
His fanpage consists of initially a landing page with a description and a video he upload to youtube [professionally created], once a fan likes the page then they obviously get the wall. Followers consist of 1500 with a lot of young people signed up.
When a wall status is submitted it will attract approx' 20 likes and few comments. It is interesting that if he gives thoughtful quotes which you can term as 'wisdom' then he does get a lot of likes for them.
Incidentally my wife has a lot of friends who are young and she gets a lot of likes from statuses that are quotes from them and in fact many have replicated to posting meaningful quotes after reading hers [just proves that young people are not dumb].
Within the circles a lot of support is submitted in facebook [a young person had a child without his family knowing about it and got a lot of Love from his friends].
Offline I created a 'community champion' program for support in drugs and Alcohol and it worked essentially with peer to peer support and outreach. I believe collaboration online in social media with peer to peer support will have a far reaching impact if executed correctly.