80 percent of fourth and fifth graders are kinder after the Kindness Retreat.
Students reported a reduction in bullying after the Courage Retreat.
85 percent of students stood up to peer pressure after the Respect Retreat.
More educators said they were committed to staying in this profession after the Purpose Retreat.
When my teacher asked me to be a small-group leader for a Youth Frontiers retreat at the middle school, I was surprised. I didn’t always think of myself as a leader, but the kids I met that day were so awesome. I could relate to their stories. I remember what it was like to grow up in the inner city and I know what it is like to have family struggles.
After being a small-group leader, I decided to attend Youth Frontiers’ Leadership Conference. I was challenged to take responsibility for making my school and my community better. The message made a serious impact. This is what I want to do with my life: work with kids and make a difference.
– Terrance, student at Omaha North High Magnet School, Omaha, Neb.
– Tara Klatt, Educator
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When my son, Micah, came home from the Youth Frontiers Courage Retreat, I knew that something was different. Micah told me how his classmate, Jenna, shared about being bullied at school and pleaded with her classmates for it to stop. Micah was so inspired by her courage that he stood up and publicly pledged that if he ever saw someone disrespecting Jenna again, he would stand up for her.
As a mom, I’ve always tried to talk to my kids about treating others as they’d want to be treated. It was the Courage Retreat, though, that helped Micah realize the importance of standing up for others. “Don’t be a bystander!” is the message Micah heard clearly on the retreat and has started to stand up to bullies at school.
– Tanika, mother of a student at Highland Park Middle School, St. Paul, Minn.
September 20, 2016
Rockbrook Elementary School Principal Garret Higginbotham says the lessons learned on this day serve as a foundation for the rest of their learning, “we know how crucial it is for students to get instruction about social emotional skills because that’s what then allows them to get that focus on math and reading.”
October 24, 2016
“I don’t want other people to feel like that because it felt horrible,” Calvin said. “If I see bullying, I can report it to the teacher or take matters into my own hands and stand up for the person being bullied.”
November 24, 2016
Nick Bednarczyk, president of the Coon Rapids Rotary, has wanted to do a youth leadership event for some time, he said. With the success of last week’s retreat, “we plan on doing it annually now,” he said. “We’ll try to expand it to other grades.”
April 29, 2015
Hundreds of 11th grade, select student leaders on Wednesday, April 29th participated in this half-day workshop, which helped them define an action plan to make their schools a positive and safe place.