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.
January 27, 2017
The purpose of this time together was to have a high-energy day to give students tools to develop empathy, promote kindness and prevent bullying. The leaders from Youth Frontiers, together with our Kennedy staff, worked to empower the students to be “everyday heroes” by using kindness to include others, be respectful and make our school a better place.
March 13, 2017
Earlier this semester, sixth-grade students at Forestview Middle School participated in a school tradition dating back more than a decade. From Feb. 7-10, students participated in the Youth Frontiers Courage Retreat… which focuses on teaching students to think about how they treat each other, said guidance counselor and organizer Trudi Storbakken.
March 16, 2017
Area students were treated to a ‘Respect Retreat’ Thursday, an event that not only aims to be a fun time for students, but an educational experience that teaches respect and discourages bullying and discrimination.
April 24, 2017
Juniors from 11 area schools will join together for a leadership conference designed to inspire student leaders to step up to address important issues like bullying and disrespect in their schools and personal lives.