I'm sorry you have had bad experiences with some young people.
I'm older than you are and Iove being with the young people I meet in my town, I truly enjoy them!
I meet many young people here studying music because that is what I do too, and I find them inspirational! They're overwhelmingly polite and interesting to talk with.
I always chat with the young people serving in the cafes and shops too, they're almost always polite and friendly.
I think it's important to be cheerful and be interested in their lives and opinions.
We have some young people who are antisocial and rude and cause trouble. I think they often have had a troubled background. Some of them it's much safer to avoid sadly.
I did run into 3 teenagers recently though who were running off the rails a bit, but when I sat and asked them about school and what they wanted for their lives they seemed to really appreciate my interest and we had a lovely conversation.
I'm in public housing here. I know there are some rough young people in this town in Housing and I have to say I'm glad I don't have to live close to them.
My music teacher here loves teaching the young people and he gets so much enjoyment from them, it keeps him young and inspired!
I think it's important to be friendly around them and take an interest in their lives. We have a lot of life experience by this age and it's great if we can help guide some of them along.
I would be interested to hear more about the youth who are being troublesome for you.
I'd also be interested to hear what you discussed about public housing as it's important to have these talks.
Can you tell us a bit more about your experiences?
Cheers and welcome to BB!