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Issue: Teens and Pornography


With 93% of boys and 62% of girls being exposed to internet pornography before the age of 18, this is NOT something we can afford to ignore.


“We are raising, nurturing, and catechizing an entire generation of kids into a lifetime of self-centered and entitled/expected sexual aggression through pornography.”

– Walt Mueller

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Issue: Building Resiliency

One of the biggest determining factors in whether a kid makes it through tough times is how resilient they are. And resiliency can be developed. As youth workers we may not be able to remove kids from unhealthy situations but we can help them become people that are not consumed by them.

View the Helpsheet HERE.


Issue: High Conflict Youth

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Working with high conflict youth can bring out heightened emotions in youth workers just as much as in the youth. So how do we help teens without getting caught up in their drama?

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Issue: Reporting & Responding to Abuse

As we work with youth through the difficulties of life, we are unfortunately bound to encounter various occurrences of abuse. Iona Snair talks to us about first steps in responding to and reporting abuse.

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Issue: Problem Solving with Youth

As we walk with youth through difficulty we need to be intentional about how much hands on support we offer. Iona Snair shows us how we can focus on empowering these youth we work closely with.

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Issue: Problem Solving with Youth

As youth workers we can get stuck in ‘rescuing’ the youth we work with and forget about empowering them to manage their lives. Iona Snair shares with us how we can go about teaching this vital life skill to youth.

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Go HERE to watch the accompanying video on this topic.

Training: Volunteer Orientation Video & Leaders Guide (29:46)

An engaging and highly useful video to help introduce youth work volunteers on some basic 101 information. Take your 4 hour session down to 1 with this excellent 30 minute video and guided interaction with your volunteers from our leaders guide.

Download our Leaders Guide PDF to compliment our 30min Volunteer Orientation Video HERE.

“Stolen” by Katarina Rosenblatt, PhD


Stolen (Katarina Rosenblatt, PhD)
Written from the perspective of a survivor of the the web of sex trafficking, the book leads you chronologically through her journey–from the missing ingredients in her life that made a life of sex trafficking more accessible to the events that lead her away and into a journey of healing for herself and others.
It’s an eye opening story that helps the reader understand how subtly sex trafficking has invaded our suburban lives–and why we need to
be on watch for those at risk in our communities. -Book Review by Jen Hubbard.

“Sexual Detox: A Guide for Guys who are sick of Porn” by Tim Challies


detoxpornchalliesbookSexual Detox: A Guide for Guys who are sick of porn (Tim Challies)
We know that porn is everywhere, and most often it’s not whether a teen has looked at porn–but how much has been viewed and what sort of an impact that viewing has had. This book looks at reality and the impact porn has on present and future relationships in their lives. Each chapter has follow-up questions that challenge the reader to engage in an accountability relationship for help in working

                                                                 through their struggles. -Book Review                                                                    by Jen Hubbard


“I Hate You-Don’t Leave Me: Understanding the Borderline Personality” by Jerold J Kreisman & Hal Strauss


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(Jerold J Kreisman & Hal Strauss)

Written with a focus on borderline personality disorder, at heart, this book describes the aching in-chronic-crisis teens we encounter in our work everyday. And while not every teen has borderline personality disorder, youth workers working with teens in crisis will recognize the cycles of behaviour described and be encouraged with the strategies provided to assist teens as they navigate their messy lives. -Book Review by Jen Hubbard

Theology: Answering Tough Questions (3:12)

Youth have good and hard questions about God, faith and the world around them. Iona Snair gives youth workers a few starting steps in responding to and engaging young people in those tough conversations about God. Print off the accompanying  helpsheet below for more resources and to share with others.

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“Understanding Sexual Identity” by Mark A Yarhouse

Understanding Sexual Identity          (Mark A Yarhouse)                               Teens these days are questioning everything–including their sexual identities. Rather than getting in caught up in a theological discussion (though he does discuss the Side A & Side B biblical approaches), Yarhouse talks about how to connect with teens and love them through their questioning. His strongest suggestion is to listen to their identity questions rather than labelling them–just as we would look beyond blue hair or piercings and attempt to see the teen beneath. He emphasizes that we look at the adolescent development taking place, rather than focussing on the questions that come up during this time. The book gives excellent suggestions for navigating conversations. -Book Review by Jen Hubbard.


Theology: How to Read the Bible 101 (4:07)

Reading the bible; interacting with scripture and knowing the very words of God is the foundation of faith-how we know our God, ourselves and the world around us. But when someone believes in Christ for the first time how do we introduce them to the Bible? What are those first steps?

Brandie Bradshaw give us some practical steps for doing just that.

Development: Generation Z-who are they and how can we reach them? (3:18)

They are the newest generation known as GenZ, the iGeneration, the distracted generation and “Screenagers”. Jen gives us the bullet points on what makes this generation tick and shows us how we can reach them with the truth of Jesus!

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Terrifying but awesome…

IMG_9068SERGIO – Lifeteams 10/11

” 600+ hours of time spent actually working with kids! Sounds terrifying – but it was AWESOME. Yet…

Lifeteams extends beyond just the 9 months of you living with a group of people learning about youth outreach. Read the name again.  It’s Lifeteams… The environment in my year, and my willingness to open up and press in to the experience opened a door for me to form relationships with my fellow students–and the staff–that are long lasting and deep. That’s Lifeteams.”