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Engaging Today's Teens

Engaging Today's Teens

By Pastor Matt Schulte of Youth for Christ has worked with teens for over 2 decades
Everyday teachers, parents, grandparents and mentors are engaging teens, but let's be honest this journey ain't easy. Its filled with bumps and bruises and "what the heck do I do now?" moments. Let's do this together. Lets engage today's teens.

Pastor Matt Schulte has been working with teens since he was a teenageer more than 2 decades ago. Now he’s raising his own. Let's go on this journey with him and learn how to engage today’s young people.

Matt Schulte is the Executive Director at Youth for Christ in Lincoln, Nebraska.
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Suicide - What can we do about it?
By every measurement anxiety among teens has grown significantly. And should we be surprised? Over the past years teens have been trapped in their homes surrounded by screens, screens which by most accounts increase anxiety. Teens compare their lives to the beautiful lives of others on social media teens conclude that are not good enough, smart enough, or pretty enough. Unfortunately, as anxiety has risen among teens so have suicides and suicide attempts (https://health.ucdavis.edu/health-news/newsroom/even-before-covid-19-pandemic-youth-suicide-already-at-record-high/2021/04) . Suicide attempts had been going up before the pandemic. This has been evidenced at my son’s middle school as well as through nationwide statistics. What can we do about it? Share Hope Live Life In Person Help Teens Develop Long Term Dreams
12:18
May 28, 2022
Suicide (Spotify Extended Version)
Episodes with music are only available on Spotify.
By every measurement anxiety among teens has grown significantly. And should we be surprised? Over the past years teens have been trapped in their homes surrounded by screens, screens which by most accounts increase anxiety. Teens compare their lives to the beautiful lives of others on social media teens conclude that are not good enough, smart enough, or pretty enough. Unfortunately, as anxiety has risen among teens so have suicides and suicide attempts (https://health.ucdavis.edu/health-news/newsroom/even-before-covid-19-pandemic-youth-suicide-already-at-record-high/2021/04) . Suicide attempts had been going up before the pandemic. This has been evidenced at my son’s middle school as well as through nationwide statistics. What can we do about it?
16:17
May 27, 2022
Formative Experiences
Summer time is a great time to give your teen the formative experiences they desparately need. Look for a camp... spiritual or for one of their interests that can help propel them forward in life. Not sure where to send your kids to camp? check out www.YFCLincoln.org to learn more about our Summer Camp Experiences.
13:02
May 07, 2022
Formative Experiences - Spotify Extended Version
Episodes with music are only available on Spotify.
Summer time is a great time to give your teen the formative experiences they desparately need. Look for a camp... spiritual or for one of their interests that can help propel them forward in life.  Not sure where to send your kids to camp? check out www.YFCLincoln.org to learn more about our Summer Camp Experiences.  Extended Version - Enemy by Imagine Dragons
17:02
May 06, 2022
Screen Time
I was on a trip recently… 2 strong, strapping  middle school boys were crying within 3 hours of our arrival. Not because anyone picked on them or they were home sick, or they were hungry or in a new place… but they didn't have their screen. What can we do about it? Be curious Establish healthy boundaries Model healthy habits
14:35
April 23, 2022
Screen Time - Spotify Extended Version
Episodes with music are only available on Spotify.
I was on a trip recently… 2 strong, strapping  middle school boys were crying within 3 hours of our arrival. Not because anyone picked on them or they were home sick, or they were hungry or in a new place… but they didn't have their screen.  What can we do about it? Be curious Establish healthy boundaries Model healthy habits EXTENDED VERSION - Includes a song by Shawn Mendes
18:19
April 22, 2022
Talking About Video Games With Your Teens
The General Consensus is clear video games are not great for teens. Kids obsessed with gaming are more likely to be sad, irritable, or anxious. Some kids addicted to video games no longer have interested in other activities they used to enjoy. But it also seems unrealistic to completely turn off the fire hydrant. As adults what we can do is: Be curious Establish healthy boundaries Model healthy habits
11:22
April 09, 2022
I Am Sorry
How many times have you cornered a child and said “you need to apologize for that.” Adults… we need to learn to say I am sorry to the young people in our lives. If we honestly step back and examine ourselves how many times have we wronged the young people in our lives? Yelled at them, Given them an unwarranted death glare, Be littled them, Acted like we knew what we were talking about only to find out we were wrong. We need to model "I am sorry" and make the first move is to turn It is way easier to learn to forgive – and that is hard – than to learn to say I am sorry
09:06
March 26, 2022
I am Sorry - Spotify Extended Version
Episodes with music are only available on Spotify.
In this Spotify Only Extended Version you will also hear a song that speaks to the attitudes of todays teens... the song is "Freaks" by Jordan Clarke. Topic: How many times have you cornered a child and said “you need to apologize for that.” Adults… we need to learn to say I am sorry to the young people in our lives. If we honestly step back and examine ourselves how many times have we wronged the young people in our lives? Yelled at them Given them an unwarranted death glare Be littled them Acted like we knew wat we were talking about only to find out we were wrong Model - First move is to turn It is way easier to learn to forgive – and that is hard – than to learn to say I am sorry
13:37
March 25, 2022
Fill Them With Words
We know that teens are growing like crazy physically. My son grew almost 6 inches this last year… but we as parents, mentors, teachers should realize that the teens in our lives need to be filled with our encouragement. I don't know a single teen who struggles from receiving too much encouragement from the adults in their life. They desperately need us to help build up their self esteem and confidence and one of the best ways we can do that is by encouraging them and lifting them up with our words.
07:53
March 12, 2022
Fill Them Up With Words - Spotify Extended Version
Episodes with music are only available on Spotify.
We know that teens are growing like crazy physically. My son grew almost 6 inches this last year… but we as parents, mentors, teachers should realize that the teens in our lives need to be filled with our encouragement. I don't know a single teen who struggles from receiving too much encouragement from the adults in their life. They desperately need us to help build up their self esteem and confidence and one of the best ways we can do that is by encouraging them and lifting them up with our words. Slang of the Week: Tea To Learn More about Youth for Christ in the Lincoln Area or to get your teen connected visit http://www.yfclincoln.org
11:02
March 12, 2022