ACE’s in Arizona

This story was on the front page of the Arizona Republic yesterday:  Child Adversity, Abuse in Arizona Costs $23 Billion.  In a nutshell, researchers took data from a study that looked at ACE’s (adverse childhood experiences) of Arizona’s youth and examined the economic impact of those experiences.  Because children in Arizona are above the national average in the…

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Relating to the Culturally Diverse

I read an academic article recently that examined the management strategies of two teachers who were successfully engaging students in a culturally diverse, urban school. The strategies they used are highly applicable to urban youth ministry, too. 1) Understand equality vs. equity. Equality is “the same.” The same rules, the same punishments. The same reward,…

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Teen Night 10.09.15

Ro planned a fun evening of games for Teen Night on Friday. There was a tiny basketball goal with plenty of plastic balls for a speed shooting contest.     Next, contestants tried to blow cups off a table using straws.   Finally, a few brave teens played the “Drink Game” (not to be confused with the drinking…

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Youth Haven Visit

A team of six workers from Youth Haven Ranch visited Kids Club last Wednesday and presented a program for us.  These girls were excited!     Youth Haven opened with a song….   then a skit about Jonah.   Can you spot Jonah?  (His hair is a bit of a mess)   Children were divided…

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