Resources

We want our character message to extend well beyond the retreat day. Youth Frontiers resources help you inspire character in the kids you care about.
NEWSLETTERS

The YF Educator is a bi-monthly e-newsletter for educators and school staff that provides articles, podcasts and tips on developing character in your students and building positive community at your school.

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Delivered to you twice a year, this engaging hardcopy piece provides you with resources around character development, gives you a glimpse into what’s new at Youth Frontiers and connects you to the students and educators we serve.

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This weekly email includes thought-provoking quotes, images and videos designed to inspire us to make our world better. Geared toward students, but applicable to all, this email is great for classroom morning meetings or personal inspiration.

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BLOG
 
The Character Movement
 

The Character Movement blog is a collection of our experiences and stories as an organization that cares about kids. The Character Movement is geared toward parents, educators and anyone else who is invested in the character development of today’s young people. Blog posts are written by Joe Cavanaugh (Founder & CEO), other Youth Frontiers staff and guest bloggers.

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    Aña’s Story

    By Debra G, Youth Frontiers Retreat Musician I first met Aña* at a Courage Retreat for Fridley Middle School’s eighth graders around 13 years ago. It was the school’s first Courage Retreat, and the space we held it in was dark and almost too small......

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    Greater expectations

    By Raedean Foote, Youth Frontiers School Relations Representative “If a child grows up never seeing themselves represented [in the media] as successful or as the hero, then they are the anomaly if they succeed and the expectation if they fail.” – Yara Shahidi By this standard, society......

  • Planning A Family Vacation Can Build Money Skills

    By Nathan Dungan, Youth Frontiers Board Co-Chair Have you ever thought about using a family vacation as a way to help build important financial skills? There is great value in coming together as a family to plan, budget, research and save for a vacation. It’s a......

  • Hannah and her grandpa, the new kid

    New Kid

    By Hannah Tjoflat, Youth Frontiers Lead Retreat Facilitator Imagine. It’s the first day of school. Your outfit is strategically picked out. Your backpack is packed. You’re about to leave your house and… you’re brand new to the school....

PODCAST
 
 

The Youth Frontiers’ Podcast, The Teachers’ Lounge, brings us into a conversation about how we can create school communities where our kids can thrive – not just academically, but socially and emotionally as well. Host Sally Koering sits down with educators, artists, actors and researchers to have casual conversations that help energize and sustain teachers in their work to create positive school communities. As they say: However the teachers’ lounge goes, so goes the school community. Join us as we chat – sharing insights, challenges, triumphs and journeys in the incredible adventure of teaching.

  • Episode 015: Chris Pears
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    Episode 014: Dr. Charlene Myklebust
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    Episode 013: Karen Atkinson
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    Episode 012: Beth Hawkins
  • Episode 011: Jim McCorkell
  • Episode 010: Brenda Cassellius
  • Episode 009: Suzanne Hince
  • Episode 008: Joe Schmit
  • Episode 007: Dr. David Walsh
  • Episode 006: R.T. Rybak
  • Episode 005: Nathan Eklund
  • Episode 004: Scott Butler
  • Episode 003: Linda Baughman-Terry
  • Episode 002: Erin Walsh
  • Episode 001: Jim Becker