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Confessions of a Depressed Youth Worker

On a Friday night in 1998, after watching a comedy with friends at a movie theatre, my brother came home, kissed my mom goodnight, went into his room, and hung himself. We don’t know the exact reasons why Brandon took his life, but we know..
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And You Thought Snapchat Was Bad…

Snapchat was created to make sexting easier for everyone, even though its creators insisted (despite wide evidence to the contrary) that the popular “disappearing text” app is merely a convenient new way to connect with your friends. Well, Snapchat helped fuel an astronomical rise in..
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Leave It to Beaver Has Left (For Good?)

A Snapshot of the New American Family An article from Jonathan McKee and David R. Smith at TheSource4YM.com Once upon a time, dad went to work, mom stayed home to vacuum (in high heels and pearls, of course), and the kids went to school until..
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Each Student is a Culture

The age of one-size-fits-all youth ministry is over.  It has to be.  We live in a dynamic time filled with diversity.  This is an exciting time to be in ministry to youth.  Our world is smaller than ever before.  Cultures are not only clashing but blending..
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Sexting and Sex in the Lives of Middle School Students

From Sexting to Sex An article from David R. Smith at TheSource4YM.com We can’t necessarily explain it, but all of us notice it. 6th grade boys avoid girls like the plague…but when they become 7th graders, those same boys do all they can to capture..
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