A GREAT RESOURCE TO
GET TEENAGERS TALKING,
LAUGHING, DEBATING, AND THINKING
What's a Fo' Sheezy?
Over 300 Questions from Slanguage to Get Teenagers Talking
Youth Specialties brand new downloadable book
by Jonathan McKee & Fred Lynch
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Larry Acosta, President of the Urban Youth Workers Institute, says it well:
In a time where so few are willing to 'keep up' with the ever-changing landscape of youth
culture, Fred & Jonathan help us decipher many of the slang's, slogans and crazy sayings
that our youth use to communicate. What's a Fo'Sheezy is an innovative resource that will
get teens talking.
MORE ABOUT THIS GREAT RESOURCE:
Our goal with this handy little e-book is providing a tool to educate you about some of the
terms of the day and to provoke discussion using many of these words. Each left-hand page of
this book features a current slanguage term and four possible definitions. Only one of these
definitions is correct. It's your job-or the job of your small group-to choose the correct
The right-hand page of the book reveals the correct definition, which is the most
common use of the word. Many have multiple meanings and might change depending on the context;
we simply provide the most common use of the word. Then this same page provides 6 to 10
stimulating questions to get kids talking, laughing, debating, and thinking. Some of these
questions can be used to kick off discussions on a variety of subjects, providing you with a
relevant verse or two from the Bible for guidance. Others just break the ice in social
Check out what people are already saying about this incredible new
Jonathan and Fred have come up with a terrific little book for anyone who cares about youth.
Our language is constantly changing. It is advantageous for anyone working with teens to know
the vocabulary of the generation we're trying to reach. This book will not only educate you
about some of the most popular, current terms of this generation, but also will provide
springboards for discussion. This is a fun book. My students and I laughed out loud as we read
some of the made up definitions of the words in this book (the book provides a hilarious
quiz for each word with choices between authentic and "made up" definitions). The discussion
questions around each phrase will cause your students to think and talk. The topical discussion
index at the end of the book will help in quickly finding appropriate words with questions for a
specific issue. I highly recommend this book.
Author, Best-Ever Games for Youth Ministry
Chair, Youth Ministry Department
William Jessup University
"You think you know kids? If you take a few weeks off for a vacation or bury yourself in a book
or a class, you stand the chance to miss out on a new wave of dialect that can make your
linguistic head spin! Its not that the basic needs of kids are changing - they will always need
a listening friend and a compassionate presence - but as you get close to them it helps to have
some idea of what they're talking about. This e-book is the ticket. Jonathan and Fred have done
all who love kids a huge service, and they promise to keep it up to date. Like me, you'll need
to check it out regularly, and use it as a resource when a new word comes along.
Chap Clark, Ph.D.
Author, Hurt: Inside the world of today's teenagers
Professor of Youth, Family, and Culture
Fuller Theological Seminary
"Slang is changing and evolving faster than ever as teens today are constantly wired with
things like MySpace, text messaging, and video sites like Youtube. Fred and Jonathan help us
keep up with slang in a way that doesn't come off 'cheesy' or like we're trying too hard. What's
a Fo' Sheezy is a great way to get kids to open up and not feel like you're invading their
Urban D (Tommy Kyllonen)
In Youth Ministry it is so imperative to continue to decipher the thoughts and language of the
ever-changing youth culture. Fred & Jonathan have given us a "Rosetta's stone" that uses both
humor and relevance to equip us to connect and communicate with students. What's a Fo'
Sheezy is an innovative resource that will get teens talking.
President, Chris Hill Ministries International
I want to give mad props to Fred and Jonathan on their new book, "What's a Fo' Sheezy?"
This book is more than just a guide to understanding youth "slanguage" - it is a guide to
understanding youth culture. And even though "slanguage" changes from day to day, the topics
addressed in this handy little e-book are sure to incite deep discussion for years to come.
Author, Internet Slang Dictionary
President of NoSlang.com
"Wow! I thought I knew all the words..."Whats a Fo' Sheezy?" sure educated me.'"
Josh D. McDowell
"It's difficult to communicate with kids - understanding what they're saying and getting them
to hear what you have to say - if you don't understand their language. Thank you Fred and
Jonathan for helping us keep the lines of communication open!"
Author, Engaging the Soul of Youth Culture: Bridging Teen Worldviews and Christian Truth
President, Center for Parent/Youth Understanding
"Fred and Jonathan understand that youth culture is both shaping as well as being shaped by
hip-hop, multi-ethnic, and urban sub-cultures. These sub-cultures carry values, fashion, and
language. This is a great resource in helping youth workers especially connect to what this
generation is saying in order to go deeper to what they're thinking and feeling. Thanks
brothers for both a fun and needed addition to my youth ministry library."
Author, Raising Up Young Heroes and The Hip Hop Church (with Phil Jackson).
"What's a Fo' Sheezy? is an easy to use, fun, and effective tool for understanding the
language of today's youth culture. More than that, it is a year supply of relevant 'discussion
starting' questions to get kids talking. Jonathan and Fred do an amazing job at presenting a
crash course on 'Slanguage' and giving youth leaders an opportunity to connect with their
students on a whole new level."
Author, Dare 2 Share: A Field Guide to Sharing Your Faith
President and Founder of Dare 2 Share Ministries
"For the youth worker who loves to engage kids in meaningful and fun discussions... this is a
great place to start. I really believe this ebook is set for small group discussions and will
complement you and your staff’s ability to reach and engage kids."
Senior Director of Core Ministries, Youth for Christ
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