Category Archives: volunteer backpack

leverage as a volunteer

“make the most of every opportunity.” paul’s advice is unbelievably relevant to a volunteer youth leader. for most of my “career” as a volunteer, i’ve had the luxury of a really flexible schedule. this school year, though, i’m finding what … Continue reading

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keeping it one hundred

amidst the culture shock of new faces, new roles, and new terminology, i’m also learning (or re-learning from my days long ago working in a group home) some new phrases from what i guess you could call hip hop culture. … Continue reading

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boys will be boys (published at youthspecialties.com)

from the sandbox to the construction site, being male is often associated with a natural spirit of trouble-making. you don’t have to be on john eldridge’s mailing list to recognize that there is an untamed energy that is uniquely masculine. … Continue reading

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on the outs

“safety and structure are the foundation of treatment.” it’s first on the list of d.y.s. beliefs and philosophies. each of them appear on the wall of every classroom and dorm in every facility. all the staff and kids know them … Continue reading

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dispatches from beyond the comfort zone

day 1 – monday aug. 2 oh boy – here goes nothing. at least i didn’t get lost, although the gps took me some bizarre way through an unmarked gate. i think i better write down the directions from people … Continue reading

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what do volunteers need?

this week youth specialties premiered a new video called “the volunteer,” promoting participation by volunteers in their national youth workers conventions in san diego and nashville. i love their desire to pour into the unpaid ministry workers who pour into … Continue reading

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the summer of their lives

A little over three years ago, my wife and I sat in a booth at Red Robin with our middle school pastor. After treating us to dessert, he asked us if we would consider becoming “6th grade specialists” after that … Continue reading

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