If you’re looking for a quick and easy connection point with your youth, you’re in luck – this summer, Coke’s making it extremely easy for you.

Throughout the summer (with their “Share a Coke” campaign) they’ve got a large list of names they’re putting on their bottles and cans of Coke, Diet Coke, and Coke Zero.  If you’re like me and frequently hit up the convenience store for a 20oz, take an extra second to scan for the names of a few youth you mentor.  Snap a photo of the bottle and send it with a text message (or Facebook message) to your youth.  It’s a great way to have a reason to reach out and see how your students are doing.

If you want to take it further, buy the Coke and set up a time to hang-out.  I’ve never met a student that doesn’t enjoy getting something with their name on it, and meeting them in person to give it will really drive home just how personal it is.  Use the time as an opportunity to catch up, pour into their life, or even just pray with them on matters of life.

So, go out and share a Coke with your youth.  You never know what could happen.