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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The other night, during an animated, laughter-filled game of ‘Taboo’, there was an especially fragrant aroma of joy at the RV. It was my friend Nathan’s turn to guess. The word was ‘love handles’. A few quick glances were shared, the timer was flipped and the round was on!
Nathan’s partner went right into explaining that lovely deposit of excess which sits right above the hips–most prominent, often spilling over, when wearing pants with a tight waistband.
We know the amount of care required by serious mental health concerns is too heavy to manage alone. Working together is better. Helping teens with mental health challenges requires the creation of or connection to a network of support for the teen.
Some kids seem to have the odds stacked against them, but research shows that trouble doesn’t need to be their destiny. Standing despite the storms is called Resiliency, and it can happen when kids have a variety of protective factors built into their lives.
Building Resiliency in Young People is a resource from Australia that offers tons of practical exercises to do with groups that can be modified to use in one-on-one’s as well. The information is valuable and knowing it will help you as a youth worker feel less powerless against the negative factors threatening youth.
I had a birthday this month. I am now a few years into the second half of my first century. Not too big a deal.
I tell people that I still feel thirty. The truth is, I don’t really remember what I felt like at thirty. The lines get a bit blurred for me some days as to what the number of my age means.
One of my students shares the same birthday as me. She turned 19. Just starting life. Becoming an adult, she said. A big deal. I turned 53. Old by my students’ standards. Not a big deal. Continue reading I’ve been ready all my life→
SARAH | Year 14 Sarah is currently pursuing her passion for environmental justice through working towards a Bachelor of Science at UBC. She also volunteers as a workshop facilitator with an organization called Check Your Head, through which she teaches youth about social justice issues.
“The greatest impact that Lifeteams had on me was showing me how to meet with Jesus in ways that I never have before, and giving me the desire and the tools to bring others into his life-giving presence.”
CASSIA | Year 14 Cassia participated in the apprenticeship program through Greater Vancouver Youth Unlimited and spent two and a half years with North Shore YU. She is now in Comox Valley and continuing my work with YU in an alternative school and city drop in. During the summers, Cassia works with Camp Imadene’s Wildside program bringing youth outdoors to experience God in creation!
“Lifeteams was the most inspirational, faith shaping year of my entire life. I learned about God’s heart and love for his children and deepened my passion (and skills!) to work with youth. It opened the doors for my dream job to be made a reality! With the skills I acquired during my year, I’m able to step into situations
walking alongside youth with confidence!”
Derian Julihn- Assistant Director of Langley Youth Unlimited– helps us understand the issue of human trafficking in Canada – a piece of the broader sexual exploitation puzzle – and helps us think about what we can do about it.