A Safe Environment
Here is a tip for dealing with teens, taken from author Kelley Renz:
“Be trustworthy. Don’t go telling others what was said in your youth group meetings. Of course, if any abuse or dangerous behavior/words are shared, you have an obligation to take those to appropriate adults, but other than this, handle your sharing with integrity.”
Teens will feel more comfortable sharing what they think if they know that what they say won’t be immediately reported back to their parents or used as a humorous anecdote later on. Everyone needs to feel secure that they won’t be made fun of or reprimanded for their honest opinions.