Character

The Teachers’ Lounge Podcast with Brenda Cassellius

Youth Frontiers’ podcast, The Teachers’ Lounge, features conversations about how we can build school communities where our kids can thrive – not just academically, but socially and emotionally as well. In our tenth episode, we had the privilege of talking with Brenda Cassellius – Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Education. As a former paraprofessional, teacher, principal and superintendent, Brenda has worked at all levels in education. Brenda brings a lot of insight into student success and what we can do to make our systems better.
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Courage

The Consequences of Moral Courage

By Joe Cavanaugh

A parent wrote me:

My 11th-grade son’s friend is drinking. I don’t know whether I should tell the parents because they’re just as likely to tell me to mind my own business as they are to thank me. (I also don’t want to be responsible for the kid catching hell.) I’m not sure what to do about this problem. I don’t feel like I can sit back and do nothing. But I’m also not sure what the consequences will be if I act. Help!READ MORE

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The Teachers’ Lounge Podcast with Suzanne Hince

The Teachers’ Lounge, Youth Frontiers’ podcast for educators, brings us into a conversation about how we can build school communities where our kids can thrive – not just academically, but socially and emotionally as well. In our ninth episode of The Teachers’ Lounge, we had the privilege of talking with Suzanne Hince – Executive Director of TeamMates, a youth mentoring program that focuses on positive relationships to help develop young people’s life and academic skills. Suzanne is a former teacher who brings her knowledge of education into her work bringing young people to school and life success. 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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