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Parent Academy


There are many forces in the world impacting our children today. Perhaps as parents our greatest responsibility to our children — and to our community — is to equip them to face those forces with character.

Character is destiny.
The best way to prepare our kids for tomorrow is to cultivate their character today.


— Joe Cavanaugh

Program Overview

In this interactive program, Joe Cavanaugh, Founder and CEO of Youth Frontiers, presents the “Pie of Parenting.” Leveraging 30+ years of experience working with youth, he shares strategies for raising kids who are strong and responsible and who know they are precious, not perfect — three traits essential to their resiliency and readiness to navigate the often bumpy road of life.


Participants leave Parent Academy encouraged, equipped and challenged to do their part to ensure our next generation is grounded in character.


Strong, not fragile.

Life is difficult. Our goal as parents is not to make life easy for our kids; that leads to fragility. Our goal is to make our kids strong. Kids with inner strength are more likely to find hope in the midst of despair, draw truth out of confusion, and experience purpose instead of powerlessness. When our kids are strong, they have endurance to travel the often bumpy road of life.

Responsible, not self-absorbed.

No one is an island. While a strong sense of self is important, we must also teach our kids that they are part of a family and a community. With that blessing of belonging comes the responsibility to do right by those around them. When our kids are responsible, they acknowledge that their actions have a ripple effect and that they are accountable to those who join them on the road.

Precious, not perfect.

Our kids will never be perfect, but they will always be worthy of love. When our kids know they are loved, their worth is secure. Love allows them to make mistakes and still hold their heads high. It affords them the safety to be curious and the grace to be compassionate toward themselves and others. When our kids are loved, they know they can stumble on the road and not be abandoned.

Series Details



Parents, Grandparents, Guardians, Caregivers



In-person or virtual 90-minute keynote



Scheduled with your organization



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We would love to talk to you about how Parent Academy
can help your organization prepare the next generation to navigate life with character.