The Character Movement

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The Boat Strategy

By Josh Johnson, Youth Frontiers Retreat Director and Youth Corps Manager

My wife and I are often considered the “progressive” or “cool” parents by our daughter’s friends. For example, we let our 15-year-old daughter, Reese, get a nose ring. It wasn’t a difficult choice to make, but to be honest, it wasn’t a choice I was completely thrilled with either. I knew the very moment that Reese displayed that little hole in her nose that the backlash would begin. I imagined walking through the high school during conferences, hearing another kid tell her parents, “Reese’s parents let her get a nose ring, can I get one?!” The parent would quickly declare “no” and shoot my wife and me a dirty look.READ MORE

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Time

By Joe Cavanaugh, Founder & CEO

At a recent rotary presentation, there was time for one more question. I had been speaking about the state of our young people’s character and how it affects school climate. Someone asked, “What is the biggest issue with kids today?” READ MORE

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Kindness

Investing in the Next Generation of Leaders

By Joe Cavanaugh

This past December, Youth Frontiers held its sixth-annual Ethical Leadership Luncheon. More than 500 business, education and community leaders from the Twin Cities area joined us for a thoughtful dialogue on ethical leadership practices and the importance of investing in leadership and character development for the next generation. READ MORE

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Parents: Try Starting at the End and Working Backwards

This week’s blog post is shared with permission from Dr. David Walsh’s Mind Positive Parenting™. Author Erin Walsh worked at the National Institute on Media and the Family before launching Mind Positive Parenting with her dad, Dr. David Walsh. Mind Positive Parenting strives to equip parents and communities to raise children and youth who can thrive, meeting the challenges of the 21st century. Erin is also on the Search Institute speaking and training team, teaches at the University of Minnesota and the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs and directs the Mind Retreat for Youth Frontiers. Her father, Dr. David Walsh, sits on our board of directors.READ MORE

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