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Concussion Discussion
The Real Impact of Contact Sports on Teens

Yes, we’re nearing the end of this year’s football season, but the debate about head injuries and concussions is still heating up. As data begins to emerge on player health, some wonder what the fuss is all about. 

Others fear that football may not have much of a future...
JONATHAN'S BLOG: Should I go to college?
How much do college grads make compared to those with just a high school education? How many college grads are unemployed compared to others?

As our kids grow up, they’ll inevitably face the question, “Is college for me?” As a caring adult, we can give them good information to help them make an informed decision… and the answer to these question might be eye-opening for them.

Today I was writing our next Youth Culture Window article (to be posted in a couple weekends) about our kids being financially prepared to move out on their own, aptly titled, “Less Likely To Leave the Nest: Why your 20-something might opt to live in your basement.” As I was pouring through all the research about how expensive education has become, and how much our kids are racking up in school loans, I became distracted by a little rabbit trail contrasting the incomes of someone with a bachelors degree to that of someone with only a high school diploma. That disparity has grown immense in the last decade!

Pew Research embarked on a study a few years back which not only compares today’s young people to past generations, it also revealed the increasing gap between young adults with and without a college degree. Here’s a peek at their findings:

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Similarly, in 2015 the Bureau of Labor Statistics posted their findings, disclosing a huge gap between incomes when you compare current educational attainment. For example, a person with a bachelors degree makes an average of $1,980 more per month than the someone with just a high school diploma. They also provided a helpful chart, including how higher degrees decrease the chance of unemployment:

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Use reports like these to engage your kids in discussion about their future. Not every kid is college bound, but I know as I look back at my own parenting, I wish I would have had more discussions like this, and less lectures.
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Season Seven, Episode Eight, Hearts Still Beating
by Thom McKee Jr. Have you ever had to choose sides when it really mattered? I am not talking about Star Wars vs. Star Trek, or Dawn of the Dead vs. The Walking Dead (can I say that I like
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What Are You Building Your Life On?

Everybody builds their lives on something. This resource from our OUTREACH AGENDAS page shows teenagers that we should build our lives on Jesus.


The Discussion Starter: Human Pyramid

Yes, it’s that old classic time-killer, the human pyramid. Before you pull your group together for the small group discussion, have about 6 of the students come up front and try to build a human pyramid. Make sure you have at least 3 on the bottom, 2 on the second row, an


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The Last Samurai

If you want to talk about commitment or dedication with your students, this resource on our MOVIE CLIP DISCUSSIONS page is perfect!


The Movie Clip: "I have never seen such discipline."

The Last Samurai stars Tom Cruise as Capt. Nathan Algren, a weary soldier who travels to Japan to be a part of the civil war that is raging between the government and the samaurai.




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