gratitude Tag

This Thanksgiving, we’re grateful for you!

In the words of the students we work with on retreat, thank you!

All of us at Youth Frontiers want to express our gratitude to you. By caring about the stories we tell and by sharing them within your own circles, you are supporting our mission. You are helping to make our world a kinder, more civil and respectful place to live. We appreciate you, dear reader, and hope you feel especially valued this Thanksgiving.

Gratefully,

The Youth Frontiers Team

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a person holding up a sign that says give thanks

Stories are gateways to gratitude

By Sarah Gavigan, Youth Frontiers Communications Specialist

Each year, Thanksgiving reminds us to give voice to our gratitude for the people and the experiences that elevate our lives. We say thanks countless times around this holiday – heck, we can’t even mention the holiday without saying “thanks” (no, saying Turkey Day doesn’t count). But how often do we make our English teachers proud and show rather than tell our gratitude?READ MORE

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2016 Youth Frontiers Minnesota Character Award Winner, Samantha HoangLong, caregiving for her grandfather

Making Grandpa Proud

By Samantha HoangLong, Youth Frontiers’ 2016 Character Award Winner

I was only 16 years old. Yet I was down on my knees, changing the diaper of an 89-year-old Vietnamese man.

Every day when I approached him, holding a clean diaper in my hand, I hoped that the dirty one was “light.” Sometimes he’d pee too much and soak the diaper, making everything around him wet. I would have to wipe him down and change his clothes.

At 16, I should have been hanging out with friends and staying up late watching Netflix. But I realized how this old man must feel — incapable of doing a simple task. A young woman had to change his diaper for him.

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Happy New Year from Youth Frontiers!

At our recent “Holiday Holiday” party (pictured above), our staff gathered together – dressed in the style of our favorite holiday and shared an evening of laughs, delicious food and meaningful connection. It was a fun and festive opportunity to come together to celebrate the hard work and successes of 2015 and to also steer our ship excitedly toward all the possibilities of 2016.READ MORE

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