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When Children Kill Each Other

I need you to get something. If you are disturbed at the violence of today’s youth, you need to get closer to them. Visit a classroom. Not just one. Not just high school. They need to see you. They need to know it’s not just me who sees them and cares for their well-being. The farther away you stand, …

Be Your Own Servant

Be Your Own Servant

Anika Madison, one of our partner bloggers, interviewed someone she greatly admires.  Here is her interview with Mrs. Cassandra Sheppard, President and CEO of Youth Impact Ministries, Inc. in Miami-Dade, Florida. — Mrs. Cassandra Sheppard, head of the Youth Impact Ministries, Inc., received her undergraduate degree from Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL. She received her Master’s in …

All the World’s…

All the World’s…

One of my charming little students gave me this drawing because she sees me on stage. I was struck by the beautiful sun and clouds and grass, wrapped with curtains and proscenium. There is also an exit. This is like our lives. Whatever world you create, good or bad, there is always an opportunity to …

Bullying — A New Perspective

Bullying — A New Perspective

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvEr5bPjSaw I was asked to speak to a group of teen and tween girls about Bullying. It’s a touchy subject, and it’s more and more pervasive– especially as snarky comments on reality TV get more popular. People “do it for the Vine” and don’t care about the aftermath of hurt feelings. Sometimes, it’s just that …

Mentorship 101

Mentorship 101

What if the mistakes you made yesterday are the inspiration for someone today? We have a tendency to minimize our ability to influence people if we haven’t achieved something gloriously huge. But if you’re honest, it’s the folks plodding along right next to you who inspire you the most. Because you know their struggle and …