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Dancing to Her Own Beat

By Deb Peterson, Youth Frontiers’ Office Manager

There are things in life that people tell you are hard – learning a language, climbing a mountain, parenting… Why didn’t I believe them when they said that about parenting?

I had seen friends and family struggle at times with their kids, so I knew I’d encounter some bumps while parenting, but I thought they would be few and far between. Any daughter of mine would follow her parents’ rules, just as I did (for the most part) when I was a child. I imagined my family would be like those on TV – we’d love each other so much that any problems we had would be resolved within an hour and replaced with hugs and laughter. Ha! Now I know how naïve I was.READ MORE

The Power of Music

In the spring of 2016, Youth Frontiers Retreat Musician, Preston Gunderson, helped lead a five-school Respect Retreat® in Nobles County, Minn. – one he will never forget.READ MORE

It Takes a Village

At Youth Frontiers, we recognize that at the root of our success is partnership. Without the support and commitment of donors, educators, parents and students our goal to build community and inspire character would not be possible. Youth Frontiers’ partnership with Douglas County (DC) West Middle School, in Omaha, Neb., exemplifies the difference that can be made when we are united to change the way kids treat each other in every hallway, lunch line and classroom of every school in America.READ MORE


Our 2015-16 Character Award Winners

Each year, the Youth Frontiers Character Award honors students who stand out as exceptional leaders among their peers. We honor three students who have participated on our retreats and who are from our main areas of service – Minnesota, Wisconsin and Nebraska. The 2015-16 awards went to three outstanding 12th graders who demonstrate living and leading with character.READ MORE

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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.READ MORE

The Big Change

By Debra G, Youth Frontiers Retreat Musician

The big change. He was the captain of the basketball team, president of his senior class – a high achieving student with a calm demeanor whose confidence filled the room. His name was Denzel*.READ MORE

Nominate a high school junior or senior for the 2024 Minnesota Character Award for a chance to win a $1,000 scholarship!