Amy Oestreicher: HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE MY DETOUR

Guest blogger, Amy Oestreicher, is a PTSD peer-to-peer specialist, artist, author, Huffington Post writer, TEDx and RAINN speaker, health advocate, award-winning actress, and playwright. She shares lessons from trauma through her writing, art, performance, and inspirational speaking. I’ve spent a lot of time “waiting” in my life. As a kid I grew antsy with impatience, waiting until […]

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What You Must Do to Invite & Involve Youth (So They Want to Stay)

The pastor of a small church encouraged his congregation to reach out to young people and make them feel welcome. “Our youth are important. We need you,” he insisted. “You are our future.” Everyone applauded. Unfortunately, no young people were in the audience to hear his message. We must do more than tell youth they are […]

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How to Be a Good Role Model

I recently asked a group of adults to describe important qualities they believed young people look for in a role model. They said a strong role model is fun and has a great sense of humor. Someone who understands what it’s like to be a kid. Someone who wants to be their friend.  Developmental psychologist and researcher, Marilyn Price-Mitchell, […]

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Who Is Your Role Model?

I like to win. I like to deliver spectacular presentations. I recently volunteered to present a speech about passion to a group of Toastmasters. I prepared a striking PowerPoint presentation to accompany my exquisitely timed talk. However, I felt an insatiable desire to veer off course to acknowledge individuals in the room walking examples of […]

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Use Your Core Values to Make Moral Decisions

“If your skin is on the shiny side, stop by your local Starbucks, grab a handful of those brown napkins, and shove them in your purse – and they’re free,” suggested a beauty tip in a popular health and fitness magazine. “And, don’t feel guilty about pilfering from the coffee conglomerate.  If they’re charging four […]

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