A new book to add to my collection. How To Be Interesting by Jessica Hady! Someday, I would love to share out my book collection to my community through a lending library in my youth studio. This unique library would provide teens, parents, guardians, and community members with current resources that inspire them to think differently, try new strategies, and truly dig into wellness practices, … Continue reading How to Be Interesting?!
Emmit and I. Family means a lot to us. I mean a whole lot. When E fell ill with anxiety and depression, we put the breaks on and supported his needs. His request was simple. Listen to me! E described his school experience, his challenges with the curriculum and what he wanted very clearly and we listened. Now I completely understand not everyone can do … Continue reading Emmit and I
2012. The year I graduated as an adult from Cedar Crest College in Allentown, PA. 2012. The year I was awarded honors, a bachelors in education and political science, recognized for my leadership on campus and awarded with a top honor as being an educator who would influence education! Who knew it would take 2 mental breakdowns, sobriety, releasing myself from expectations, saving my son … Continue reading 2012
Today, I took a short hike and I ran into some young guys so I asked them, “What can this generation learn to do better?” The one dude said, “They need to learn to live in the now.” I responded, “Why is that so important?” He said, “Because when you live in the present you can release the past and the future and sit in … Continue reading Living in the now
I guess it all started in 2012 when I took a teaching job. A job that fell into my lap and I accepted. In about a year, my hands started to shake and I could feel that I wasn’t myself. This situation became very stressful and my emotions started to run wild and sadness sunk in, but I held my head high for a long … Continue reading The Long Journey to Here
As a mom, community member, and teacher, I have seen and heard stories from around our nation asking for help with teens and everyone is scrambling to find answers. I am also asking those same questions. Why are kids so sad? Why are kids struggling with anxiety, depression? Why are they turning to drugs? Why are they disengaged about school? Why? Why? Why? Those are … Continue reading This Fix is Right Here
As I map out where to go, I look for 5 important qualities in youth programs. 1. Community!!!! My #1. As I read about youth struggles, loneliness is a topic that comes up over and over again so I am looking for programs that build a community and help fight back those feelings. 2. Innovative – I love being creative so I am in search … Continue reading How do I select where to stop?