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We empower youth and adults to live authentic lives of character, service and leadership. This blog highlights ideas and stories, which are based in positive youth development practices.  We hope it will inspire and equip you to nurture the youth around you.  And we hope you will share your best practices with us!

  • Summer Time Fun: 12 Games to Play Outside June 8, 2017 1:05 pm
    by Susan Ragsdale and Ann Saylor                       Holiday weekends. Birthday parties. Park gatherings. Church picnics. Camps. Summer is full of opportunities for families and programs of like to get outdoors and have some fun. You never know when you’ll find yourself with a few people […].
  • It’s Raining! It’s Snowing! Cabin Fever Busters for Families January 20, 2017 2:25 pm
    By: Ann Saylor originally published at When cabin fever starts to kick in, it’s time to get creative! Here are some fun ways to make indoor memories with your family when it’s cold outside.Get tips > Host an International Night. Close your eyes and put your finger on a map of the world. The […].
  • Resolve to Make Family-Focused Volunteer Efforts in 2017 December 27, 2016 2:22 pm
    By: Ann Saylor originally published at The holiday season is now behind us, but there are still many opportunities for families to help others. Instead of teaching children to focus on the gifts they have received these past weeks, teach them to share the gift of service with people in your community. Serving others […].
  • The key to quality youth development that keeps a kid coming back November 26, 2016 1:24 am
    Originally published by Karen Beranek A simple hello is important but it’s not enough. For some youth, you’ll need to go a step beyond that. My son’s active wrestling career began five years ago. It has been amazing to watch his growth through the program. Yes, he’s getting better at take downs, staying off his back […].

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