The Character Movement

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Be a Part of Our Story

Each year, Youth Frontiers hosts events that support our work and mission. Our goal is to create experiences that encourage connection and community, as well as financially support our crucial work in schools. Here’s a recap of the events we hosted during the 2015-16 school year.

Teacher Concert: A Night at the Honor Room

On Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015, we hosted our first-ever concert for teachers at the Metropolitan Ballroom in Minneapolis to honor the incredible work educators do every day. This complimentary event featured Youth Frontiers’ talented musicians and speakers including Joe Cavanaugh, Sebastian Davin, Steve Dornbach, Debra G, Jane Leyden and Dan Rodriguez.


“There aren’t words to express the gratitude I have for Youth Frontiers. This
event you held tonight was the first time I felt non-conditional appreciation by
a community for being a teacher. It was truly a gift.” – Quote from an educator who attended the Teacher Concert

Our hope was to provide an evening full of celebration and gratitude for educators. We know that our work in schools would not be possible without the critical investment they make, daily, in the lives of their students. Feedback from the event was overwhelmingly positive, so we will be hosting our second-annual event on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016.

The Ethical Leadership Luncheon

Each year, Youth Frontiers hosts a community event about fostering character in our communities and building the next generation of ethical leaders. On Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015, we gathered nearly 500 Twin Cities business, civic, faith and education leaders for our seventh-annual Ethical Leadership Luncheon in downtown Minneapolis. Fifty-six sponsors generously supported the event. Our keynote speaker was Richard Leider, Founder of Inventure – The Purpose Company. Richard spoke about the power of purpose and how it should be the guiding force in our lives.

Molly Kate Kestner singing at the event.

Molly Kate Kestner singing at the event.

Two months later on February 19, 2016, we brought the Ethical Leadership Luncheon to Milwaukee for the first time. Keynote speaker Paul Grangaard, President and CEO of Allen Edmonds, spoke about the importance of building a healthy culture in the workplace. Scott and Linda Haag were our honorary chairs.

Each Ethical Leadership Luncheon was made possible by the generosity of corporations and nonprofits. The funds raised at these luncheons supported our ever-growing work in the Midwest.

Youth Frontiers’ Annual Event: Be a Part of Our Story

At Youth Frontiers, we know that stories have the power to transform lives and change hearts. The stories we share on retreats are our most powerful catalyst for changing kids’ lives. They move kids from apathetic bystanders to empathetic upstanders.

Joe Cavanaugh speaking at our Annual Event.

Joe Cavanaugh speaking at our Annual Event.

In the spring of 2016, we highlighted the power of stories at our Annual Events in Minneapolis and Nebraska. These events were filled with original music, humor and the stories that are the heart of our work each and every day. They were also opportunities for us to thank our supporters for being a part of the larger Youth Frontiers story.

Thanks to all of the individuals, corporations and foundations that made each one of these events a success! Because of your support, we were able to reach a record number of students and educators last year. For information about our upcoming events for the 2016-17 school year, visit our events page.

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