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Greater expectations

By Raedean Foote, Youth Frontiers School Relations Representative

“If a child grows up never seeing themselves represented [in the media] as successful or as the hero, then they are the anomaly if they succeed and the expectation if they fail.” – Yara Shahidi

By this standard, society definitely expected that I would fail. To start, I was born to an unwed white mother and a black father, and in the early 80s, being racially mixed didn’t feel “normal.” Aside from my brother, it’s hard to recall other multiracial children in my neighborhood, classroom or even at the grocery store – forget about seeing someone on TV who had the same shade of skin as I did. I grew up in a single-parent household, in subsidized housing, and in the free-and-reduced lunch program. As a kid with my background, it was hard to identify with those society portrayed as successful.
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Planning A Family Vacation Can Build Money Skills

By Nathan Dungan, Youth Frontiers Board Co-Chair

Have you ever thought about using a family vacation as a way to help build important financial skills?

There is great value in coming together as a family to plan, budget, research and save for a vacation. It’s a process that gives everyone a clear view of the possibilities and parameters, and it’s your best opportunity to get everyone engaged in the experience.READ MORE

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Educator Retreat Participants

Educators Matter

By Patty Beadle, Director of Marketing and School Relations

I want to take a moment to thank you for your dedicated work. You persist when met with feelings of defeat; you encourage your students even when you yourself feel disheartened. I appreciate the influence you have in your students’ lives, and I understand your difficult and noble profession.READ MORE

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Teachers are torch-bearers of the future

By Joe Cavanaugh, Founder & CEO

You, Educators, are the best of us. It has been said, “In a completely rational society, the best of us would be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something less, because passing civilization along from one generation to the next ought to be the highest honor and the highest responsibility anyone could have.”READ MORE

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Barb Hilbert on ethical leadership

How do we build the next generation of ethical leaders?

By Barb Hilbert, Luther Automotive Group CFO

As we move away from 2016 – a year that has been punctuated in such extraordinary ways by rancor, incivility, violence, and uncertainty – I’ve struggled with how to write about our responsibility to model ethical leadership and character for our children when we’ve been inundated daily with grown-ups acting badly.READ MORE

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2016 YCorps

YCorps Spotlight: Maddie Danielson

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 five-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. As our current YCorps’ time with Youth Frontiers ends after the winter holidays, we wanted to celebrate their skills and stories on our blog as a six-part spotlight Q&A series. Our final YCorps in the spotlight is Maddie Danielson who has now transitioned into a full-time role with us a Retreat Facilitator! READ MORE

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Youth Frontiers' New Year's Resolution

Our New Year’s Resolution

The holidays are a special time of year. We get a break from our daily work to connect with family and friends and to celebrate the year as it comes to a close. We also have the opportunity to gaze ahead, to dream, to be inspired and to resolve our goals amid the new year’s unknown opportunities.READ MORE

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