The Character Movement

Students high-fiving on a retreat

A new brand for the next phase of Youth Frontiers

If you are reading this blog post, you’ve probably noticed that something about our website looks different … We’ve rebranded! We’re really excited about it and wanted to give you some context for this change.

Our brand is our identity. It communicates who we are, what we do and why we do it. The heart of who we are has not changed, but what we do — and what we still aspire to do — has evolved. We’re developing new programming — for educators, for student leaders, for the broader community — to help realize our mission. Our new brand infrastructure helps reaffirm our identity and supports our continued innovation.READ MORE

The Y Corps: Genevieve, Kevin, Maggie, Dahlia and Traiveon

YCorps Spotlight: Maggie MacLennan

We are so grateful for our wonderful staff at Youth Frontiers (YF), from our full-time and part-time employees to our YCorps. The Youth Frontiers YCorps (Youth Corps) is a seven-month internship program that gives emerging leaders the opportunity to facilitate, along with our full-time staff, life-changing retreats for schools all over the upper Midwest. The YCorps do a lot to further our mission, so we want to celebrate their skills and stories on our blog in a five-part spotlight Q&A series. Our fourth YCorps member in the spotlight is Maggie MacLennan. READ MORE

Allison taking a hike and practicing mindfulness.

The benefits of moving from autopilot to mindfulness

What is your autopilot?

It may look like getting your kids up and fed and ready for school while eating the leftovers from their plates, calling it “breakfast,” then rushing out the door and speeding to work while worrying about whether or not you are going to be late for your 8 a.m. meeting.

It may look like showing up to an appointment having no recollection of driving there because you were preoccupied with thinking, “I have so much to do.”

My autopilot was committing to things, doing them in the least amount of time possible and then committing to new things the moment I had a second to spare. I made coffee my fuel and convinced myself that sleep was overrated. I spent my time doing; this was my autopilot.READ MORE