WWRW: 4 Ways to Keep Up with Student Culture

It’s “What we’re reading Wednesday!” This week I wanted to share an article that reinforces some of the things we and our YouthCompass staff are intentional about in keeping up with student culture. In 20 years of working with students, there are a few things that have not changed, but youth culture is changing so rapidly […]

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WWRW: Taking Away the Phones Won’t Solve Our Teenagers’ Problems

Students moving into a new culture have added layers of anxiety and the retreat to electronic devices can be substantial. In addition many expat parents, in an effort to keep the peace and “help” their teens deal with the move don’t maintain strong boundaries with devices, curfews etc. The week’s “What We’re reading Wednesday” article […]

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8 Tips for Your New Life Abroad!

I’m writing from Switzerland where I’m onboarding new YouthCompass staff in the Geneva area. Welcoming new staff always reminds me of the absolute blur the first few weeks and months were living abroad. Here are some of my compiled thoughts after witnessing and walking numerous families through their first days abroad. 1. Keep your VISA […]

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WWRW: The most important discipline for students.

It’s “What we’re reading Wednesday!” Our Wednesday article of the week is “The most important skill for 21st-century students is the discipline to say “no.” The landscape for students changed. With it, the most important pieces of their development as students and citizens of the world has also shifted. Lauren Alix Brown at qz.com writes […]

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WWRW: Third Culture Kids and Social Media

What We’re Reading Wednesday… Some great thoughts on Third Culture Kids and how they engage in social media. This summer, The Atlantic published a fascinating article called Has the Smartphone Destroyed a Generation? I encourage every parent, especially of tweens and teens, to read it and discuss it with your children. I read the article […]

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What Happens when Teens Unplug?

I’ve been a part of an unintentional experiment. For the last 7 years, I’ve helped lead an organization reaching teens living outside of the passport country. Each spring students board a bus and travel 24-30 hours to Eastern Europe. We ask them to make that journey without phones. Without phones or any other technology. Not […]

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WWRW: The Never-Ending Cycle of Transition

It’s “What We’re Reading Wednesday” A great article by theCultureBlend.com gives insight into what we (and other families) experience in communities around the globe. It’s not yet Christmas . . . and already I’m thinking about June. There is a reason for that. Where I live people come and go . . . a lot. […]

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Project Compassion Students (Video)

A quick video with some of the students sharing their experiences on Project Compassion 18… If you know a teen living internationally we’d love to have them along… we’ve just opened registration for 2019! Project Compassion 19

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What if you’d never slept in a bed?

This year students from 16 different countries who currently live in the UK, Belgium, Germany, and Switzerland boarded buses for “Project Compassion” in Serbia. Students engaged in several work projects one of which was renovating a home and providing beds for a very special Roma family whose 9 children had never slept in bed. I […]

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A family of twelve, two rooms, no beds and a chance to help.

Husband, wife, grandmother and 9 children sharing two rooms. Those two rooms serve as the kitchen, living room and sleeping room. There are no beds…

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