Teen Bill of Responsibilities

teencover81-188x300This is a book about teens, their choices and their responsibility for those choices. It’s a book that is meant to be used even more than it is meant to be read. When the reader is finished with it, most of the pages will contain the reader’s words, the reader’s ideas and the reader’s realizations.


As teenagers transition from childhood to adulthood, naturally they want more rights, more options. They want to be treated differently, and with more respect. They want to have more control over their lives and make more decisions that affect them.

Each chapter is divided into three parts. The first part includes examples of rights and responsibilities that pertain to the chapter topic. For example:

I have the right to be offended by
what someone says or does.
I have a responsibility to realize that not
everything that offends me is necessarily offensive.

The second part includes a typical right the reader might have that pertains to the chapter topic. Several blank lines immediately follow each right in this section. They are provided for the reader to write what he thinks his responsibility would be for that particular right. For example:

I have the right to expect my parents to be proud of me.
I have the responsibility to ______________

The third part allows the reader to come up with his own “right and responsibility” examples. The only rule is that the examples fall under the category of the chapter topic.

I have the right to___________________
I have the responsibility to___________________

Another way to use the book is to read parts of it aloud and discuss it with friends. The author advises that participants keep an open mind and use real examples from their own lives.

A third way to understand the ideas in this book is to take the Teen Bill of Responsibilities Course, which is available for free to elementary schools, middle schools, high schools and homeschools. Click here to contact us about adapting (at no charge) an existing course to fit your specific needs, e.g., the elementary student level course for students in a rural area is different in subject matter from the high school level course for students in New York City.

Understanding the connection between rights and responsibilities provides teenagers with the tools to handle life’s challenges more effectively. It also provides them with the wisdom to use their power in ways that will leave this world a better place than they found it.

Click the link below for a FREE PDF download of Teen Bill of Responsibilities Course Facilitator’s Manual.

Facilitators Manual V11.1