Despite being an "Aspie" loner, I somehow find a strange power in genuine* relationships and genuine* communication. Smart youth are especially open to this...
The other week, a high school junior (my younger brother's friend) surprised me when he told me that I made him really like learning more than most of his school teachers. He also told me only one so far had challenged him, saying that most classes were memorization while this class was different: reading bits of challenging source material and then meditating on those bits for awhile.
Aside from the fact that we often mystify the unknown (in this case, youth mystify those rare adults who don't seem like professional bull shitters), I think one reason he enjoys asking me questions is because instead of giving him The Answers (TM), I told stories, pointed to intelligent writers, spoke of possibilities, actually listen and let him speak (even if sometimes only to prod his assumptions), or even an, "I don't know."
In any case, I guess these types of relationships are a small and simple, yet important, part of making positive change to your surroundings. You validate the youth's quiet, forbidden suspicion that this society is losing its ability to distinguish reality from illusion, and keep them from becoming completely bitter.
*Genuine, as in, not mere small talk, instructions, orders, insults, reciting pop culture, etc.