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Posted by on Nov 19, 2012 in Social Responsibility, Teen, Youth Development |

A Month of Gratitude

A Month of Gratitude

Every Thanksgiving, I remember sitting at the dinner table, ready to dig-in to the delicious Turkey, stuffing, and sweet potatoes loaded with marshmallows and brown sugar. But before we had our feast, we always went around the table and stated one thing we were thankful for. You may have a similar tradition, as is often the case with Thanksgiving: to count your blessings and be thankful for what you have.   In the Teen center this month, we are applying this tradition by understanding the concept of one very important word—Gratitude. Last Friday, at Friday Night Youth (7-9:45) we defined gratitude, discussed the importance of gratitude in our lives, and the effects that ingratitude can have on our relationships. The teens defined gratitude as, “the quality of being thankful”, and “being aware of your blessings, and thanking those who made them possible.” They all agreed that it is important to show gratitude because it shows appreciation to the giver and it also keeps us grateful. It is too easy...

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Posted by on Nov 19, 2012 in Christmas, Teen, Youth Development, Youth Investment |

Youth Investment Tree Sale

Youth Investment Tree Sale

I love the Christmas season. I love spending time with family & friends, and I love the yearly emergence of the “Christmas Spirit.” Something about this time of year acts as a catalyst for giving, helping, & blessing others. It’s a time for introspection & thankfulness, which often results in generosity.   The Youth Investment program’s annual Christmas tree sale is one method of giving. Through the purchase of a Christmas tree, you are supporting at-risk & underprivileged youth in the Spokane area, as all proceeds go to benefit the program.   As with many Youth Investment projects, the Christmas tree sale is an opportunity for at-risk youth to complete court ordered community service hours while working with quality adult mentors. Teens learn work ethic & develop a sense of self-worth as they work at the YMCA & in the community.   We would ask that you consider supporting Youth Investment with the purchase of a Christmas tree or donation this Christmas...

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Posted by on Oct 26, 2012 in Social Responsibility, Teen, Youth Development |

Be There

Be There

Teenagers: Truly, one could spend their entire existence studying this stage of life and in the end find nothing rational, consistent, or in any way helpful towards gaining an understanding of those crazy years. Teens want hot chocolate in the summer and ice cream in the winter. They like to listen to music while they also work on their homework, while they are eating, and also texting, and singing, dancing, driving, talking, updating their Facebook status, tweeting, reading, walking, running, living, and breathing… all at the same time; it’s an incredible thing to witness. When they get home from school the first thing they look for is food. Yet even if the fridge is full, there is nothing to eat. They can have a computer with Internet, a Wii with twenty plus games, a basketball hoop in the driveway, four friends over, and insist that there is nothing to do, or have a closet full of clothes but have nothing to wear. Sincerely, teenagers can be tough to understand....

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