The Character Movement

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How do you add to your character?

This post was written by Virginia “Ginny” Clark, who is a retired school administrator. Ginny has been involved with Youth Frontiers for 15 years and helped YF develop our retreat follow-up materials. She is now in her fourth year on the Youth Frontiers Board of Directors.

I always consider the first three months of a new year to be the dawning of all that is possible. I feel like time flies by; yet, each new year gives me pause to reflect, revise and renew… just as the sunrise reminds us of the power and the beauty of a new day.READ MORE

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Practice Compassion and Kindness this Valentine’s Day

Recently, on a Youth Frontiers Courage Retreat, our Retreat Staff met a sixth-grader named Alex. As kids entered the gym for their retreat and congregated with their small groups of friends, you could tell that Alex was a bit of an outsider. Alex has special needs – some of which are apparent simply by looking at him – but that didn’t stop Alex from being fully invested in the Courage Retreat. During breaks in the day, Alex would often seek out our staff and strike up a conversation. He was charming and sweet. And he seemed to be encouraged by the message of the day. On the Courage Retreat, we challenge kids to be themselves and to follow their hearts, rather than follow the crowd. We also ask kids to make a change and stand up for others – even when it is hard.READ MORE

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Joe and Tess

Declaring Humility in Vogue

At dinner the other night, we were sitting around our table and my wife, Jane, and I sensed that our 4th-grade daughter’s spirit was a bit melancholy. We thought something must have happened to Tess at school. As the daughter of an Irish-Italian father and a French-Bohemian mother, being quiet is a bit unusual in our family and raised a bit of an alarm. As any parent would do, we launched into a typical parent-child “self-esteem” soliloquy.READ MORE

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