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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