How to Build a Collaborative Youth Leadership Team

“Effective leadership is putting first things first,” insisted Stephen Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. “What you do has far greater impact than what you say.” About 20 years ago, a group of teachers, youth ministers, coaches, and I wanted to empower teens with collaborative leadership skills. There were plenty of […]

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10 Tips to Mentor Youth Like a Superstar

Teens are starving for attention from an adult who believes in them. A  teen who doesn’t have a healthy relationship with an adult often lacks confidence. They are less likely to develop communication and social skills needed to establish strong personal boundaries because no one is available to be a role model. They have no one to turn to for […]

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Interview with Amanda Springob: Mental Health Youth Speaker

Amanda Springob is a vivacious college student and motivational speaker. Throughout high school, she lived a double life. Although she was a successful and popular student, it wasn’t until she conquered internal conflicts of depression and anxiety that she found the secret to living in this awkward, confusing, beautiful world.   Now, she offers powerful insight […]

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Word Wars: Redefining “Feminism” and “Equality”

The word “feminism” stirs up a war of emotion based on one’s understanding (or misunderstanding) of the word. Kathy Frankovic, a public opinion polling expert, conducted a large-scale survey to examine how men and women define “feminism.” Many of the participants in her poll called feminism “liberal,” “stupid,” “radical,” and “extreme.” Few of the participants claimed to support feminism beliefs – […]

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How to Inspire Teamwork & Collaboration

“The only place ‘success’ comes before ‘work’ is in the dictionary,” insisted Vince Lombardi, legendary football coach of the Green Bay Packers. “The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.” Lombardi passionately rallied team spirit and established a collaborative commitment to excellence among his players.  He believed “the achievements of […]

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Escape the Scarcity Mentality Jungle

You need air to breathe. Do you worry there might not be enough air for you to survive? Do you save air because someone may take it away from you? When you believe you have an abundant supply of resources (like air), you don’t worry whether or not it will run out – unless your […]

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How to Manage Change (Without Chaos)

Change opens an emotional can of uncertainty. Change can shake you to your core. Feelings like anxiety and confusion that result from big life transitions can paralyze your efforts to move forward. “What you are is what you have been,” said Gautama Buddha. “What you will be is what you do now.” Transitions push you […]

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12 Days of Christmas & Hope for a New Year

My friend, Pam, asked, “What do leaping lords, French hens, swimming swans, and a partridge who won’t come out of the pear tree have to do with Christmas?” The origins of the twelve days of Christmas are rooted in European Catholic traditions. The first of the twelve days is Christmas Day and ends on the eve […]

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How to Be a Good Storyteller

Once upon a time, a dangerous criminal was captured by a king. He was tried for his crimes and sentenced to death. The king offered the criminal two choices: death by hanging or passage through a large iron door with no information about what’s on the other side. The criminal pointed at the rope. As […]

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Politics, God, Race, Sex, and Other Controversial Topics Kids Discuss at School

Kids are talking. They’re discussing politics. God. Race. Sex. And other things they shouldn’t be talking about at school.  Teachers may discourage discussions about controversial subjects unrelated to school subject matter, but that won’t keep kids from talking about them. Neither will amendments separating Church and state nor laws that forbid debate about science issues […]

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