David Olshine shares about helping students understand difficult times.
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Helping Our Students Understand Hard Times

By Youth Specialties on January 28 2015

Helping Our Students Understand Hard Times

The following is a guest post from youth worker and author David Olshine and we're so excited about his newest "Studies On The Go" resources in the YS Store! Original photo by Michael Dorokhov. I left the funeral. People were sobbing over the loss of Jeremy, a teenager who was driving and texting. Not only was his own death tragic, but it was also even sadder because Jeremy had crossed…Read More


  • 25 More Txts You Can Send To Your Students

    By Jacob Eckeberger on January 26 2015

    25 More Txts You Can Send To Your Students

    Text messages might be the only way you're able to stay connected with some of your students. Between all the personal texts and event updates, we wanted to give you some encouraging messages you can copy and paste to all of your students. If you missed the first 25 texts…Read More

  • God Doesn’t Need Me But He Chooses To Use Me

    By Youth Specialties on January 26 2015

    God Doesn’t Need Me But He Chooses To Use Me

    We're excited to share this guest blog post from Amy Williams, one of our incredible YS Team Training speakers this year at our Bay Area, Kansas City, and San Diego locations. Check out more info about YS Team Training here. If you were a single woman living in Chicago (also…Read More

  • Trending This Week (Jan 23)

    By Jacob Eckeberger on January 22 2015

    Trending This Week (Jan 23)

    Every week we pull our favorite links from across the inter-webs. This week's trending links include a look at the relationship between pornography and sex trafficking, thoughts on building your team, creating culture among your staff, and plenty of fuel for your procrastination. Blogs From YouthSpecialties.com This Week I pulled…Read More

  • Why We Have Youth Group

    By Josh Griffin on January 21 2015

    Why We Have Youth Group

    The following is a shared post by friend and long-time youth worker, Josh Griffin. Check out the original post here.   Original photo by Patrick. Whether it is a midweek program or a weekend service, youth group meetings are typically one of the biggest and most essential parts of your ministry, so…Read More

  • 25 Quotes For The Youth Worker

    By Jacob Eckeberger on January 18 2015

    25 Quotes For The Youth Worker

    Few people have impacted the world around them like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. As we remember his life and legacy today, here are 25 powerful quotes attributed to MLK that I hear as encouragement to youth workers... I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final…Read More

  • Trending This Week (Jan 16)

    By Jacob Eckeberger on January 14 2015

    Trending This Week (Jan 16)

    Every week we pull our favorite links from across the inter-webs. This week's trending links include a look at how single-solution Christian formation doesn't work, the importance of not wasting ministry opportunities, researching the new app "Swipe," and plenty of fuel for your procrastination.  Blogs From YouthSpecialties.com This Week Ginny Olson (@Gsong)…Read More

  • What If Every Day Was Like New Year’s Day?

    By Youth Specialties on January 13 2015

    What If Every Day Was Like New Year’s Day?

      There is something about New Year’s Day that brings us a sense of hope. It’s a chance for a fresh start and a healthy beginning. We begin to believe in ourselves again and set out with new resolutions, goals, and dreams. I read recently that 90% of New Year’s…Read More

  • Selma: Review + Discussion Guide

    By Youth Specialties on January 12 2015

    Selma: Review + Discussion Guide

    One of the first scenes in director Ava DuVernay’s excellent thought-provoking film Selma will feel familiar to any youth worker. A group of young girls are chattering as they head down the stairs at Sixteenth Street Baptist Church on their way to Sunday school. The conversation about hairstyles offers the viewer…Read More

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