Monday, June 4, 2012

On Leading the Next Generation

Last January I (Katy) traveled with my husband, a campus minister here at Purdue, to the National Conference on Youth Ministries in Daytona Beach, Florida. We were there to raise awareness of campus ministries at secular colleges. As a bonus to meeting with people and sharing about the various ministries across the nation we were able to sit in on some of the sessions.

While I was there to support my husband and soak up some of the Florida sun, I was also able to attend a few sessions. I have been able to apply what I learned during the sessions to my work in Prevention Education. One of the first sessions was led by Dr. Tim Elmore, the founder and president of Growing Leaders, an Atlanta based non-profit organization created to develop emerging leaders. He and his team provide schools, universities and organizations the tools they need to help develop young leaders who can impact and transform society. The Drug-Free Coalition of Tippecanoe County along with other community groups throughout the Lafayette area have this same goal -- to equip our youth with the tools needed to be productive, healthy members of society.

Dr. Elmore spoke from his newest book, Generation iY: Our Last Chance to Save Their Future. The session addressed the most recent research on the Generation iY, The latest batch of Gen Y. They are the kids born between 1990 and 2002 and are part of the largest generation in our history. The name iY comes from the fact that this younger generation has been defined by technology and the internet. Dr. Elmore spoke about how we have the privilege of mentoring this generation and helping them to shape their futures.

You can visit Dr. Elmore's website at for practical strategies you can implement to raise up the leaders of tomorrow. Dr. Elmore also has a blog that he updates regularly. It is full of great material that I believe will serve as a great resource to parents, coaches, teachers, employers and anyone who interacts on a regular basis with youth. Below you will find links to some of my favorite articles. I encourage you to check them out and continue to learn more about how you can help our youth succeed.

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