Friday's Final Thought: Lifelines

We'll share a full recap next week, but I wanted to share this final thought on this Friday when all our kids are headed home from the last overnight camp of 2016.  On the last night of #CRSFcamp, we ask campers to vote on a camper of the week from their team.  There is only one from each team, but there are usually many nominees.  One chaperone remarked that it was neat to see that the kids all saw different things in each other, despite having only known each other for a few short days.  Usually they just write names, but one camper wrote a reason:

Recruiting and Retaining Volunteer Mentors: Part I

When you are recruiting long-term volunteers, it’s not unlike having part-time staff.  You’re looking for someone to show up regularly at pre-scheduled times, for a certain duration, and to serve in a particular role on the team.  Even in a group mentoring program where you have multiple mentors, consistency is key!  Kids and mentors need to be able to build relationships over time.  Success is not recruiting 10 new volunteers—it’s getting those volunteers to stick around. 

Friday’s Final Thought: Make your own history

Last weekend I attended a screening and panel discussion of In Football We Trust, a documentary that follows four Polynesian American high school football players in Utah.  They come from communities that are strife with poverty and gangs, where nothing matters more than family, and where football is seen as the way up.  It’s a really interesting documentary and brought up lots of food for thought about the opportunities to do bette

Leave Your Legacy

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.”  - William Arthur Ward

After 41 years, first grade teacher Ms. Flexer of Cole Elementary School in Tennessee arrived on her last day of school to a full classroom.  You would think it would be like any other school day with students filling the desks, only it wasn’t.  Take a look and see… 

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