Character

Target Aisle

Words From a Father to His Daughter (From the Makeup Aisle)

This week’s blog post is shared with permission from Dr. Kelly Flanagan’s blog. Enjoy!

Dear Little One,

As I write this, I’m sitting in the makeup aisle of our local Target store. A friend recently texted me from a different makeup aisle and told me it felt like one of the most oppressive places in the world. I wanted to find out what he meant. And now that I’m sitting here, I’m beginning to agree with him. Words have power, and the words on display in this aisle have a deep power. READ MORE

0

The Most Important Question of All Time

By Andy Zimney, Youth Frontiers’ Director of Operations

There’s a story I tell people frequently about the opening lecture from the only college-level philosophy course I ever took. It’s a story I think of even more often as the holidays approach and our schedules fill up with more events, more errands, more commitments, more parties and all the other general craziness of the season.READ MORE

0
Erica's Babies

My Kids are Counting on You

By Erica Cantoni, Youth Frontiers’ Manager of Corporate and Major Gift Engagement

As near as this newbie mom can tell, parenthood is a Ph.D. course in understanding your children. Learning how to crack their codes and best nurture and teach them, and enjoying all their sweet, weird little idiosyncrasies. In the beginning, I took fierce pride in at least knowing my children better than anyone else does (save for my amazing husband). I grew these babies inside me, learned what time of day they would kick and worried when they stopped. Every single day of their lives, I have held them and studied their faces and learned which cry means hunger and which means I’m tired of being read to, lady, let’s do something else.READ MORE

0

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.
READ MORE

0
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

0

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

0