Teach Youth How to Communicate & Resolve Conflict

A fight erupted in the school hall and both boys had bloody noses. They had to be pulled apart by four adults.  Mrs. Walker, the assistant principal, intervened. “He said my cousin is stupid,” growled Michael. “No one insults my family.” “Liar!” angrily shouted James. “I don’t even know your cousin!” “You didn’t have to fight, […]

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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 20 years ago, a group of teachers, youth ministers, coaches, and I wanted to empower teens with collaborative leadership skills. There were different models […]

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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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Teens & Technology: Tuned In or Turned Off?

A photo circulating across social media shows a group of teenagers preoccupied with their cell phones as they sit on a bench in front of Rembrandt’s The Night Watch at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.  An adult posted this image on Facebook with the words, “We are drowning in information while starving for wisdom.” Many comments included: “Can’t those kids disconnect […]

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Talking to Teens About Social Issues

After speaking at a leadership conference, I left a hotel in downtown Atlanta to look for a good place to eat.  A large crowd of young demonstrators poured into the streets. They held signs with powerful messages such as “Stand Up to Racism” and “Pro-Black does not mean Anti-White.”  It was a peaceful protest that cried out for […]

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