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Muslim Boy

A Tale of Two Fathers

On the day after the 10th anniversary of 9/11, here’s a sermon to challenge urban youth workers’ vision of the future — specifically the relationship between Christians and our Muslim cousins. How do you and your minsitry engage Muslim youth? A Tale of Two Fathers Jeremy Del Rio, recorded at Abounding Grace Ministries on Father’s […]

Michelle Rhee

Willow Creek Leadership Summit Features UYWI Partner

The Willow Creek Association’s Global Leadership Summit features UYWI partner ministry 20/20 Vision for Schools this week. Summit speaker Michelle Rhee (former Schools Chancellor of Washington, DC, and founder of Children First) will explore how educational inequity robs inner city children of the skills necessary to complete college, compete in an information economy, or even […]

Leading In Isolation

Leading In Isolation

When I reflect on various settings I’ve experienced, there are so many moments when the leader shows up alone. As a little boy, no matter the type of support, Mom showed up; as a student in the classroom, the teacher showed up; as a player on the team, the coach showed up; and even as […]

Youth and Pain

Youth and Pain

Everyone experiences pain, be it emotional, physical, spiritual or mental pain. We Recent events have shown how detrimental unresolved pain can be, especially the emotional pain caused by bullying and other forms of abuse, both in and outside the home. Pain can lead to suicide, homicide, or have other long-term detrimental affects on further development […]

Teens & Drugs

Teens & Drugs

The term “drugs” is used for mood-altering chemicals, including alcohol. Throughout history people have found ways of ingesting or inhaling local flora and fauna in a way that produces physical and emotional changes. Through these experiences, many medicines have been discovered. The use of drugs, in fact, must be seen in part as a form […]

Unfathomable

RESOURCES FOR THE UNCHURCHED Every youth group has some students that we would consider “unchurched.” These are the youth who never in their life have been exposed to church life of any kind. We may not realize it but there are A LOT of nuances that we speak on in youth programs that assume our […]

VIDEO GAMES OVERVIEW

Video gaming has gone from being a subculture to being a dominant cultural influence. Currently 97% of males and 94% of females under 18 years of age are video gamers. Many play in small amounts (an average of 18 hours per week), but some gamers report that they play 40 hours or more a week. […]

Bullying: Warning Signs

The following is a list of warning signs that a student may be getting bullied.  Please make a copy, edit it, be creative, add artwork or whatever, but place it publicly where your students can see it.  Consider making a copy and editing it for your parent’s newsletter/email. – Shows an abrupt lack of interest […]