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Spirituality Can Offer Youth More: The Transcendent Dimension

Susan Wood Spirituality and Religion 0 Comments

– Part 3 of a 3-part series – This three-part series has been explaining why Thrive Center researchers and others make this claim: Many communities and programs contribute to positive youth development. Yet spiritual and religious communities, unlike other contexts, operate in three dimensions: ideological, social, and transcendent: This combination makes spiritual contexts especially potent—for good or for bad. Now …

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Finding Yourself in an Ocean of Options

Susan Wood Identity, Spirituality and Religion 1 Comment

Youth today have so many options: Kids are invited to follow people on Facebook. Follow groups. Follow trends. They’re barraged with Tweets and Instagrams calling them to like: LIKE  LOVE  RESPOND NOW  BELONG  It’s dizzying. There are so many options to follow: It’s hard to know who you are and to whom you belong when you are following so much. …

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Moving from Performance to Purpose in Youth Sports

Benjamin Houltberg Identity, Sports 0 Comments

Millions of youth devote a substantial amount of their childhood to sports. Undoubtedly, spending this much time in any activity will impact their lives. The common adage “sports produces character” captures the prominent reason children, teenagers, and young adults are encouraged to participate in sports: an assumption that the lessons learned in sports will equate to success in life. However, …

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What Makes a Youth Service Organization Effective? Nine Principles

Susan Wood Identity, Virtue Development 0 Comments

Suppose you’re developing an after-school program for neighborhood youth. Maybe you already run such a program but you wonder if it’s missing some important components. Take a look at what research by the Thrive Foundation learned about the most effective youth organizations. They found eight of the most highly effective youth service organizations nationwide and looked for what they had …

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I Saw Virtues Cultivated as We Built a Home

Rachel Falco Virtue Development 0 Comments

Thrive Center students researchers Rachel Falco and Christa Nelson with Thrive Professor Ben Houltberg on Hope Sports build, Rosarita, Mexico, June 3-6, 2016 Thrive Center students researchers Rachel Falco and Christa Nelson with Thrive Professor Ben Houltberg on Hope Sports build, Rosarita, Mexico, June 3-6, 2016 As I anticipated going on a Hope Sports* home build, I was very much …

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Do Mountaintop Spiritual Experiences Really Make a Difference?

Abigail Shepherd Beyenberg Spirituality and Religion, Virtue Development, Youth Workers 1 Comment

I have a vivid memory of the last night at youth group camp as a high school freshman: As wind howled around us, we sat close together, snuggled in a blanket and singing loudly against the rushing of leaves. For the first time, I felt a deep sense of closeness with the people around me and with God. I transcended …

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Spirituality Can Offer Youth More: Belonging—the Social Dimension

Susan Wood Identity, Spirituality and Religion 2 Comments

– Part 2 of a 3-part series – The first installment of this three-part series, “Spirituality Can Offer Youth More Than Education or Recreation Can Offer,”   began explaining why Thrive Center researchers and others make this claim: Although many communities and programs contribute to positive youth development, spiritual and religious communities, unlike other contexts, operate in three dimensions: ideological, social, …

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Invitation to Thrive: Transformation Through Transcendence

Pamela Ebstyne King Identity, Spirituality and Religion 2 Comments

  In the previous excerpt from her installation address, entitled “Transformation Towards Telos,” Rev. Dr. Pam King explained how she understands this goal for human development in 3 ways: Continuing her discussion of thriving as happening through relationships, Dr. King went on to elaborate: My research has demonstrated that not all relationships or not all interactions are the same. Interactions …