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Mar 26, 2021
Vocation: Discerning Your Calling
An article adapted from a leadership training session at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in 2007 by Timothy Keller:
As Christians we are stewards of the resources God gives us for serving the human community. Our vocations are one avenue for doing God’s work in the world.
Download and read the full article here.
Mar 24, 2021
Vocation Needs No Justification
An article from Comment Magazine by Steve Garber:
Vocations of all sorts are equally important to the work of God in the world, as each one contributes to the common good, to what it is that makes our common welfare a place for more rather than less flourishing. In the life of Dave Kiersznowski and his DEMDACO Corporation, I see this become flesh in his business and life commitments.
Mar 18, 2021
The Pandemic’s High – And Largely Overlooked – Toll On ‘In-Betweeners’
The pandemic’s toll on the “In-Betweeners,” those on the cusp between Gen Z and millennials, has been significant — and largely overlooked. Read the article here.
Mar 12, 2021
Almost 40% Of University Students Surveyed Are Addicted To Their Phones
A team of researchers at King’s College London has found that nearly 40% of students surveyed exhibited symptoms of addiction to their smartphone. Read the article here.
Mar 8, 2021
‘Destination College’ Webinar Schools Parents, Helping Guide Their Teens Through Next Steps Towards College
A new program is schooling parents on how to better help their teens prepare for life after graduation while guiding them through the college admissions process. Read the article here.
Mar 5, 2021
Depression, Anxiety, Loneliness Are Peaking In College Students
New nationwide survey data uncovers college students’ current mental health challenges and needs. Read the article here.
Feb 15, 2021
Evangelical Colleges Consider The Future Of Online Education After COVID-19
The pandemic accelerated the push for remote options but also left students longing for in-person community. Read the article here
Jan 27, 2021
New Study Suggests That College Campuses Are COVID-19 Superspreaders
College campuses are at risk of becoming COVID-19 superspreaders for their entire county, according to a new vast study which shows the striking danger of the first two weeks of school in particular. Read the article here.
Jan 15, 2021
Stressed Out In Lockdown, America’s Young Adults Are Overeating
Researchers found that nearly half of the 1,820 students who were surveyed were using food to cope with the pandemic. Read the article here.
Jan 13, 2021
Pandemic Has Cut Into College Kids’ Drinking, Study Shows
Among students who used alcohol, the number of days they drank per week fell from 3.1 to 2.7 for those who moved from living with peers to parents, but rose from 3 to 3.7 for those who remained living with peers, and from 2 to 3.3 for those who remained living with their parents. Read the article here.
Jan 11, 2021
How To Deal With Stress In College During Covid-19
College can be a stressful period in your life, and especially so during the Covid-19 pandemic. This guide will help you identify and deal with sources of stress that are common in college students. Read the guide here.
Dec 23, 2020
Why College Students Around The Country Are Going On Tuition Strikes
College tuition is a large financial burden—especially now—and students want to see change. Read the article here.
Dec 18, 2020
College Students Who Moved Home Due To Pandemic Are Drinking Less
A new survey finds college students who moved home due to the COVID-19 pandemic are drinking less alcohol, HealthDay reports. Read the article here.
Nov 25, 2020
Is Online Learning Worth It?
Juggling jobs and remote schoolwork, college students have started to wonder about the value of finishing their education. Read the article here.
Nov 11, 2020
4 Reasons Why A Gap Year Might Be The Best Way For Students To Build SEL Skills (Even During A Pandemic)
A blog post from Steve Moore of Growing Leaders. Read the post here.
Oct 21, 2020
The First Semester Of College Has Never Been Stranger
The pandemic has made it harder to meet people. Classes and clubs have moved online. Students often eat alone. But they’re making the most of it. Read the article here.
Oct 14, 2020
How Parents Can Support Teenagers In The Pandemic College Process
With college admissions significantly altered this year, pay attention to what your child wants and needs. Read the article here.
Oct 6, 2020
Gen Z Gap Year
Gen Zers are repurposing the gap year, trading in travel for service work, interim jobs and internships. Read the article here.
Sep 16, 2020
A Majority Of Young Adults In The U.S. Live With Their Parents For The First Time Since the Great Depression
The share of 18- to 29-year-olds living with their parents has become a majority since U.S. coronavirus cases began spreading early this year, surpassing the previous peak during the Great Depression era. Read the article here.
Sep 14, 2020
Strong Relationships Within Church Add To Resilient Faith In Young Adults
Barna shares how churches and parents can come alongside young people to support and encourage them in their spiritual walk through strong connections. Read the research here.
Sep 11, 2020
‘Nomophobia’: 9 In 10 College Students Battle Fear Of Being Without Smartphone
Researchers conclude that “nomophobia,” or the fear of being out of smartphone contact, is “extremely common” among college students. Read the article here.
Sep 11, 2020
Christian Colleges Are In Crisis. Here’s What That Means For The Church
If we save them, our schools can be beacons of light for the Christian community. Read the article here
Aug 19, 2020
‘Frats Are Being Frats’: Greek Life Is Stoking The Virus On Some Campuses
Universities are struggling with how to prevent tightly packed sorority and fraternity houses from turning into virus clusters. Read the article here.
Aug 17, 2020
Hotels Housing College Students In Effort To Social Distance
Hotel chains, including Wyndham, Hilton and Graduate Hotels, are working with universities to house students during the coronavirus pandemic, matching the need of the hotel industry to make money and alleviate low occupancy numbers and universities’ attempts to safely bring students back to campus. Read the article here.
Aug 14, 2020
College Teens Shun Exercise And Healthy Food, Study Finds
Older teenagers may be setting a course for lifelong obesity through inactivity and poor diets, according to a new study. Read the article here.
Aug 12, 2020
What To Do About School This Fall?
What young people are saying about the upcoming school semester. Read the article here.
Aug 7, 2020
Party Killers: Colleges Hope New Rules Slow COVID-19 Spread, Students Aren’t Convinced
The University of Texas at Austin has banned parties both on campus and off, saying they put “the health and safety of our community at risk and raise anxiety levels.” Read the article here.
Jul 23, 2020
Colleges Spent Months Planning For Fall, But A COVID-19 Surge Is Changing Everything
How is the COVID surge changing plans on college campuses? Read the article here.
Jul 22, 2020
Teens Can Get Ready For College Or A Career With A Leg Up From The Library
With COVID-19 still keeping us all at a social distance for the time being, Teen Librarians put their heads together to help connect teens with college and career readiness resources as they graduate, move into summer employment, or think about college. Read the article here.
Jul 3, 2020
12 Ways To Prepare For Your Freshman Year Of College
Students should follow these steps so they’re ready when classes begin. Read the article here.
Jun 30, 2020
Pandemic ‘Silver Lining:’ Better Sleep For Some
The COVID-19 pandemic may be stressing out most people, but it has had a surprising upside for college students: They’re sleeping better. Read the article here.
Jun 30, 2020
Dozens Of Christian College Faculty Eliminated In Spring Budget Cuts
For evangelical schools, declining enrollment poses a greater challenge than COVID-19. Read the article here
Jun 25, 2020
Gen Z Career Futures
The pandemic has thrown gen Z dreams and ambitions up in the air as economies shrink and the world becomes a more dangerous place. Read the article here.
Jun 24, 2020
The College Experience This Fall: What To Expect
Students should anticipate taking some classes online and complying with coronavirus prevention guidelines. Read the article here.
Jun 22, 2020
In Person, Online Classes Or A Mix: Colleges’ Fall 2020 Coronavirus Reopening Plans, Detailed
According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, which is tracking more than 860 institutions’ plans, two-thirds of colleges are planning to welcome back students in person, while only 7% are planning to hold classes only online. Read the article here.
Jun 19, 2020
Facing A Broken Mental Health System, Many U.S. Teens Fall Off A Dangerous ‘Cliff’ In Their Care
An 18th birthday is what some mental health providers know, anecdotally, as “the cliff,” the cutoff at which teens with mental health conditions are flung into adulthood, often without any preparation for the challenges to care ahead. Read the article here.
Jun 15, 2020
Video Games May Sabotage Fitness Among College Students
Video games often stand in the way of exercise and healthy eating among male college students, a new study shows. Read the article here.
May 28, 2020
Dear Youth Minister Of A COVID-19 Senior
Chelsea Kingston Erickson blogs about our graduating seniors for the Rooted Ministry blog. Read her helpful post to youth workers here.
May 27, 2020
How To Help A Student Who Just Lost Their Senior Year
Tim Elmore blogs from the Growing Leaders website about helping those graduating in this pandemic. Read the post here.
Apr 27, 2020
Will Students Show Up For College In Fall 2020? Community Colleges Offer A Hint. It Isn’t Pretty
Ask a community college president about what school will look like in the fall and be prepared for an eye roll, lots of shrugging and even a baffled look or two. Read the article here.
Apr 27, 2020
Reinventing Graduation: 3 Ways To Honor Milestones In The Midst Of Pandemic
This year, seniors wait in anticipation not of walking across the platform in cap and gown, but of news about what, if any, replacements will be arranged for this important rite of passage. Read the blog post from Fuller Youth Institute here.
Apr 22, 2020
The Big Question For Colleges: Will There Be A Fall Semester On Campus?
Schools map out scenarios, but their final decisions depend on the course of the coronavirus pandemic. Read the article here.
Apr 20, 2020
With Senior Year Is Disarray, Teens And Young Adults Feel Lost. Here’s How To Help
For many young people sheltering at home means missing milestones and public recognition of their achievements. This is especially true for seniors graduating from high school and college. Read the article here.
Apr 17, 2020
The Pressures Of A 2020 College Graduate
You had it all planned out. Then, this virus came along and changed everything. Read the article here.
Apr 10, 2020
College Students Feeling The Strain Of Social Distancing
The lives of college students have been turned upside down due to the coronavirus pandemic, so an expert offers some advice to help them cope with the situation. Read the article here.
Apr 8, 2020
‘I’m In High School Again’: Virus Sends College Students Home To Parents, And Their Rules
Their college campuses closed, crestfallen students have journeyed back to their childhood bedrooms — and to chores, revived sibling rivalries and curfews. Read the article here.
Apr 7, 2020
A Pandemic Is A Terrible Thing To Waste
Neuroscientists tell us that it’s during times of boredom our brains develop empathy and creativity. Read the Growing Leaders blog post from Tim Elmore urging us to take advantage of the time we have during this pandemic.
Mar 23, 2020
US Colleges Scrambled To React To The Coronavirus Pandemic. Now Their Very Existence Is In Jeopardy
In the span of roughly two weeks, the American higher education system has transformed. Its future is increasingly uncertain. Read the article here.
Mar 16, 2020
College Students Can Eliminate Stress By Spending Just 10 Minutes Outdoors
Recent research shows that spending as little as 10 minutes in a natural setting can help relieve students of their college stress. Read the article here.
Feb 28, 2020
Many Children, Teens Suffer From ‘Test Stress,’ Psychologists Say
It’s that time of year when students of all ages face finals, standardized testing and college entrance exams. Read the article here.
Feb 3, 2020
High School GPAs Are Stronger Predictors Of College Graduation Than ACT Scores
Students’ high school grade point averages are five times stronger than their ACT scores at predicting college graduation. Read the article here.
Jan 27, 2020
The Grim Reality Of Millennials Who Rely On Their Parents For Money
Despite a decade-long expansion and record-low unemployment, studies suggest that between 60% and 70% of 18- to 34-year-olds rely on their parents for financial assistance. Read the article here.
Jan 27, 2020
College Students Picking Pot Over Drinking In States Where It’s Legal
In states where pot is legal, college kids use it more, but binge-drink less. Read the article here.
Jan 24, 2020
Too Many Teens Aspire To Be Teachers And Lawyers
Doctors, teachers, lawyers and architects continue to dominate among the top career goals for the majority of high school students. Read the article here.
Jan 7, 2020
I Killed My Teenager’s Fancy College Dreams. You Should, Too.
Forty-five million Americans owe a collective $1.6 trillion in student debt. One columnist describes why her daughter won’t be one of them. Read the article here.
Jan 6, 2020
Teenagers Don’t Use E-mail – Colleges Do. That’s A Problem During College Admissions Season
Email is not the default for most teenagers, but it remains the primary avenue for colleges to communicate with prospective and current students. Read the article here.
Jan 3, 2020
Concussions Strike College Students Far More Often Than Thought
On college campuses in the United States, students suffer concussions twice as often as believed, and most of those injuries occur off the playing field. Read the full article here.
Jan 2, 2020
Help Teens Plan For Life After High School
New Year’s resolutions aren’t only for adults. You can help your teen organize life after high school by getting them to plan now. Watch the video here.
Dec 19, 2019
More Testing Means More Stress For Teens – And There’s No Solution In Sight
tudents today face mounting pressure not just to get into college, but to figure out how to pay for an increasingly unaffordable education by working or by setting themselves so far apart from their peers that they’re awarded scholarships. Read the article here.
Dec 17, 2019
Final Exams, College Essays, Family Pressures: Here Are 6 Ways To Help Your Teen Manage Stress
You may not be capable of making your teen’s stress magically vanish, but there are things you can do to make it more manageable. Read the article here
Dec 16, 2019
Helicopter Parenting Impact Can Last As Long As College Years
A new Florida State University (FSU) study finds helicopter parenting continues well into young adulthood and can have devastating impacts on college students. Read the article here.
Dec 11, 2019
Why Colleges Should Not Drift From Their Original Mission
Tim Elmore blogs on an evolution taking place on college campuses. Read his post here.
Dec 9, 2019
College Major Regrets… And What To Consider Instead
The most-regretted college majors, according to ZipRecruiter’s College Grads Survey. Read the article here.
Dec 9, 2019
How To Get Teens To Fly The Nest And Prepare Them For The Real World
Record numbers of young adults in their twenties and thirties are still living at home, official figures reveal. Read the article here.
Nov 18, 2019
College Students Say Ditching Their Smartphones For A Week Changed Their Lives
College students went one week without their smartphones. Read the article here.
Oct 21, 2019
What I Did Right – And Wrong – In My Son’s First Month At College
Kara Powell shares some of her parenting errors to help parents avoid 3 mistakes she made during her son’s first month in college. Read her blog post here.
Oct 21, 2019
Tips To Sleep In College Dorms
The statistics about college students’ sleep are grim. Read some help tips here.
Oct 9, 2019
Should high school students be competing for the highest grades? Read the article here.
Oct 7, 2019
College Quest: Teens Go To Great Lengths To Find Perfect School
For most kids, parents may offer a helping hand and some guidance in the process. But in the end, the pressure, the work and the final decisions belong to the teenager. Read the article here.
Oct 4, 2019
Better Sleep Habits Lead To Better College Grades
Data on MIT students underscore the importance of getting enough sleep; bedtime also matters. Read the article here.
Sep 30, 2019
8 Questions To Ask Your High School Senior This Fall
This might be the first time you’ve raised these conversation topics with your child or stepchild, and that’s okay. The last year of high school is a natural opportunity to restart and revise your communication rhythms. Read the blog post from Fuller Youth Institute here.
Sep 24, 2019
The One Question You Never Want To Hear From Students
Tim Elmore blogs about teh college admissions scandal and questions we get from our kids. Read the blog post here.
Sep 23, 2019
Young Life Voted Off Campus At Duke
While the college ministry continues to operate without recognition, another university officially objects to its sexuality policy. Read the article here.
Sep 19, 2019
Helping Teens Deal With College Stress
High school is stressful, but when you add in the pressure to get into college then the stress can skyrocket. Read the article here.
Sep 16, 2019
Tell Me More: 8 Conversations To Start (And Continue) With Your College Freshman
Fuller Youth Institute overs some helpful conversations to have with those who have just begun college. Read the article here.
Sep 16, 2019
Survey Results: Today’s Students Are Skipping College
Tim Elmore takes a look at some of the generational differences between Millennials and Gen Z and their views on higher education. Read the post here.
Sep 12, 2019
Three Ways To Help Students Choose The Right Major
Narrowing down a college major is challenging because of several 21st century factors. Read Tim Elmore’s blog post about this here.
Sep 6, 2019
Lose Your Faith At An Evangelical College? That’s Part Of The Process
Research shows that students at CCCU schools are more likely to face a religious crisis than their secular counterparts. Read the article here.
Sep 5, 2019
Mental Health Concerns On The Rise For College Students
Serious mental health concerns – like suicidal thinking, severe depression, and self-harm behaviours – more than doubled among college students between 2007-2018. Read the article here.
Aug 2, 2019
Multiculturalism has the characteristics of a primitive religion, albeit a confused one. Read the article here.
Aug 2, 2019
Stressed Teens Fret Over How Much To Relax During The Summer
For many teenagers, summer break has become a multiple-choice pressure cooker, when they must decide whether to: (a) rest and recharge, (b) work and make money, or (c) rack up activities that stand out on college applications. Read the article here.
Jul 31, 2019
College Financial-Aid Loophole: Wealthy Parents Transfer Guardianship Of Their Teens To Get Aid
Education Department, universities are investigating the practice, which has been used in the Chicago area. Read the article here.
Jul 30, 2019
Failure To Launch: Parents Are Barriers To Teen Independence
While most parents say they are doing enough to prepare their teen for adulthood, they gave low rankings of their teen’s ability to handle basic tasks. Read the article here.
Jul 23, 2019
What Should I Do After High School?
Greg Forster answers the following questions:
What would you say to someone who doesn’t have a clear idea of their vocation after graduating high school? Go on to college and pick a generic degree? Trade school? Gap year? Something else?
Read the article here.
Jul 23, 2019
The Demon In Middlebury
What happens when liberal democracy increasingly resembles communism, especially in higher education. Read the article here.
Jul 23, 2019
‘Failure To Launch’: Poll Finds Many Older Teens Still Too Reliant On Parents
Most parents think they are doing enough to prepare their teens for adulthood, but they’re wincing a bit as the time comes for their young to leave the nest. Read the article here.
Jul 15, 2019
America’s Youth Think They Can Save The World And Get Rich
From tech to finance and the arts, college students and recent graduates believe they can have it all. Read the article here.
Jul 15, 2019
Looks Like Guys Are More Prone To Pack On The ‘Freshman 15’
A study revealed that freshman boys saw bigger increases in terms of waist size and overall fat mass than girls. Read the article here.
Jul 8, 2019
All School And No Work Becoming The Norm For American Teens
From the article:
“Many factors are at play in the decline of teen labor force participation, including increased school enrollment, seasonal employment, decreased returns to work, reduced demand for low-wage work, minimum wage hikes, and competition from older workers or immigrants. Time pressure is another driver of reduced teen participation. Teens have many demands on their time and those demands fundamentally differ between the academic year and summer.”
Read the article here.
Jun 28, 2019
Five College Admissions Myths
College admissions can stress out even the most cool, calm and collected of students (and parents). Read the article here.
Jun 17, 2019
Making The Most Of College: Business, Balance, And Learning To Live
Have you decided on the limits of your career? Read the article here.
Jun 13, 2019
Why ‘Follow Your Passions’ Is Bad Advice For Graduates
Four countercultural insights for outgoing students. Read the article here.
May 28, 2019
The Unintended Consequences Of Academic Pressure
Where did academic pressure come from? Read the blog post from Tim Elmore here.
May 17, 2019
SAT To Score Students’ ‘Disadvantages’ To Try To Even The Playing Field
The College Board has been testing a tool that could give the millions of students who take the SATs every year a score measuring their economic hardships and other disadvantages. Read the article here.
May 15, 2019
A New Normal: Kingdom Collaboration On Our Campuses Like Never Before
The EveryCampus coalition indicates we may be nearing a revival. Read the article here.
May 15, 2019
Millennials Bring Ambition And Optimism To Their Work
It’s graduation season again, and as more members of Gen Z transition out of high school and into their college years, they’ll do so with high expectations for their future careers. Read the article here.
May 13, 2019
7 Underrated But Essential Life Skills To Teach Teens Before They Go To College
Schools will teach your teen about important subjects such as math and science, but there’s another school parents and teachers may forget in their quest to encourage exam success: the school of life. Read the article here.
May 13, 2019
As College Debt Rises, So Does Interest In Teaching Financial Literacy
After languishing for a few years, support for teaching money-management skills to high school students has reignited, financial literacy advocates say. They attribute much of the newfound interest to worries about mushrooming student debt. Read the article here.
May 10, 2019
Teens Ponder How To Pay For College, But Not Much
When it comes to paying for college, most teens like the idea of not taking on debt, according to a new survey by Junior Achievement. Overall, however, teens haven’t given much thought on how to fund their educations. Read the article here.
May 10, 2019
What We Can Learn About Leading Students From Instagram
How should some recent experiments and changes on Instagram inform our leadership? Read the blog post from Tim Elmore here.