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In Maine, we’ve struggled with this also. I’ve started to notice a pattern of when it’s the worst, right after summer vacation it takes them about 1 month to get motivated again and at the end of the quarter or just before a break I’ve had trouble with youth following through.
I suspect this may be typical and that careful scheduling of cafes and tasks needing doing is the way to go. This is a recent “ah-ha” moment for us and we haven’t found a fix yet. The best I can offer is sending out reminder emails, and the praising thing is also something we do, but maybe could do more of. I’d love to hear what others have tried successfully.