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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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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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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Why We Must Talk to Young People About Their Dreams

I’ve shown others how to define their direction and create attainable goals for more than three decades. How I do it and why I do it completely changed during a conversation with high school students – and a mistake I made when I asked a question. Several years ago, I guided a group of seniors […]

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