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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 …

Tyler Greenway and Abigail Shepherd’s “Love Thy Neighbor as Thyself” Project Receives $40,000 Grant

Susan Wood Virtue Development 0 Comments

School of Psychology doctoral students Tyler Greenway and Abigail Shepherd’s project, Love Thy Neighbor as Thyself (and as Thy In-group): Examining the Effects of Moral Intuitions and Intercessory Prayer on Generous Behavior, has recently been awarded a $40,000 grant from the LILLY Family School of Philanthropy from Indiana University at Indianapolis. The faculty advisor on the project, Dr. Sarah Schnitker, is proud to …

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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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Building Virtues in Youth

Sarah Schnitker Sports, Virtue Development 0 Comments

Drs. Schnitker and Houltberg are project leaders for the research project Virtue Interventions in Adolescent Athletes: Context and Framing Effects, funded by the John Templeton Foundation. Teenagers have tremendous capacity for spiritual growth and thriving when they are embedded in a context telling them they have a purpose in life and that they are valuable and capable members of society. …

PRESS RELEASE: Templeton Foundation Awards 3-Year Research Grant to Fuller Seminary

Madeleine Kang News, Virtue Development 0 Comments

TEMPLETON FOUNDATION AWARDS 3-YEAR RESEARCH GRANT TO FULLER SEMINARY. Fuller’s Thrive Center for Human Development to study character and virtue development in adolescent athletes. Fuller Theological Seminary’s Thrive Center for Human Development has received a three-year, $780,159 research grant from the Templeton Foundation to examine the best ways to develop character strengths and virtues in adolescents. The study—the first of …