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FOR YOUTH LEADERS, BY YOUTH LEADERS

We need not look far to see facts and figures that could be construed as hopeless. Churches are shrinking, sacrament reception is down, and the average age that a young person stops identifying as Catholic is 13 years old[1]. All of this could have been...

Growing up, scouting was a big part of my life within my parish community. I was involved with the Girl Scouts, and I was considered an honorary member of the Boy Scouts due to all of the times that I tagged along with my dad...

Regaining Hope from the Book of Daniel in the Time of COVID-19 These are strange times indeed. Looking around the world today one seemingly points to all the ways tumult gains steam. Never did any of us foresee the situation we find ourselves in now. It...

The National Institute of Mental Health* determined that 32% of youth aged 13-18 have an Anxiety Disorder.  32%. This this staggering!  It’s the highest percentage of any mental health disorder in youth.  (For the same age group, compare 32% with Anxiety Disorders to 13% with...

Nothing good ever gets accomplished alone: the 2019 St Louis Blues, Ms. Frizzle and the Magic School Bus kids, the ’94 Dream Team. It’s no secret that our mission and goals can be accomplished successfully with solid teamwork (and if it’s accomplished alone, it’s more...

Social media is often a touchy subject. While it can be toxic, it can also be used for good. It might be hard to believe, but social media is like a secret weapon for youth ministry. Research on Gen Z shows that nearly 99 percent of...