You may be afraid that people won`t be able to reach an agreement, which is why many people resort to "ground rules." Ironically, and not surprisingly, the presentation of rules can trigger behavior even in people we are afraid of because this idea unconsciously spreads throughout the group. Trust the group! Some may consider a group agreement, "the rules." The main difference between a group agreement and "rules" is its creation and application. Secondly, it is important to draw up a list of agreements with your group, rather than proposing pre-formulated agreements developed solely by you. It`s all very well to have an idea of what agreements should include, but they should be general (respect, no violence, a microphone, etc.) to leave room for youth contributions.