9 Great Reasons to Love Millennials

"We’re the generation everyone loves to hate, amirite?" writes Paige Stanard, journalism major at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. "With our 'stupid iPhones' and our apps and our selfies and our social networks and our 'narcissism,' we’re labeled as the least...

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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 30 years ago, a group of teachers, youth ministers, coaches, and I wanted to...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Stop Thinking About Lack & Focus on Abundance

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 -...

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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...

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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...

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