June 1, 2018

Connecting with youth can be tough for educators, parents, tutors and youth leaders. It’s an ongoing struggle that, over time, can cause some to give up.

Remember that behind the hard front, lies a child with untapped greatness who may be just one connection away from r...

May 11, 2018

When a student is particularly tough to crack, it’s important to understand that they may be putting up an emotional barrier purposely in order to protect themselves inside, and these students that may appear 'hard' could actually be using a self-defense mechanism in o...

February 1, 2018

Take a look at some of the recent statistics about education around the world and it’s likely that you’ll notice one alarming trend. Today, America is far from the top in terms of education. In fact, the most recent data rates US students at 14th place in cognitive ski...

December 11, 2017

A positive adult role model can make a world of difference to today’s youth, and building healthy and meaningful relationships with students can help to provide them with just that. Like in any relationship, trust is paramount in building a healthy student to mentor re...

August 8, 2017

Part 1 of 3The A.C.T. Strategy: 

Suspension, juvenile detention centers and prison. All of these things and more are possibilities for kids these days. I know, because I’ve been there myself. Bad habits, self destructive behavior as a  teenager led to four hard years in...

July 18, 2017

As summer comes to an end, it’s time to switch gears and jump back into the daily grind of girl drama, hormone overload, fidget spinners, Axe Colonge, and all the joys that come with the classroom. The start of a new school year also brings with it the opportunity to c...

June 18, 2017

One defense mechanism that people of all ages use is building up walls and in young people and children, these walls can seem impenetrable. The hardest children to communicate with are often those who have built the thickest walls to protect themselves, but realizing t...

June 12, 2017

One of the more disheartening comments a parent, teacher or childcare professional is apt to hear from a child is "I can’t’ or it’s too hard." These comments often hint at insecurities or low self-esteem. There may be a myriad of reasons why a child lacks confidence;...

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