My Letter to Me: From YouthWorks to Now

Last week I received one of the more unique letters the U.S. postal service will ever deliver to me. Yes, even more random than the birthday cards from my first grade teacher, received 15+ years after I presented my last show-and-tell. Last week I received a letter from none other than me, dated from August 8, 2011: my last day of YouthWorks. To say I experienced a rocky whirlwind of a summer would be a severe understatement. I wrote nonstop […]

On Religion vs. Relationship

By now it’s an almost certainty that you’ve seen this controversial “religion vs. relationship” video. But on the off-chance that you’ve been fasting from the Internet (then how are you reading this?) or have stubbornly refused to update to the newest version of Flash these last 7 years, here it is for your viewing pleasure. (Uh, you’d have to update to the newest version of Flash…) It’s a polarizing video, whether you’re one of the 165,623 people who like it […]

Struggle Sunday: To Boldly Go

My “one word” for 2012 is courageous. I picked such a word because of my struggle with boldness. And since courageousness is basically the antithesis of such a struggle, it just seemed like a fun combo deal. Like Happy Meals. When it comes to boldness, my life can effectively be split into two halves. I was a total coward pre-2004. As for my life post-2004…well, I’m working on it. Pre-2004: To Boldly…No I’m not the biggest fan of high school. […]

Dear YouthWorks Milwaukee Students:

Hey guys. It’s me. No, not the bearded, guitar-toting one. Not the crazy one. And no, not the one who made you cry on a nightly basis during Club. The other one. I apologize to my fellow YouthWorks Milwaukee staff for these incriminating labels. But, uh, back to you guys. I miss you. Each and every one of you. Yes, even you who wouldn’t stop talking during Club, or kept sneaking snacks downstairs, or insisted on disturbing your adult leaders […]

When Faith, Hope, and Love Collide

During training week at the beginning of my YouthWorks summer, everyone in my area group was given a leather cord to act as a prayer bracelet for the entire summer — a reminder to pray for fellow staff in our own city and the 2 others in our area. But while the original intent of this bracelet was to remind me to pray for my Milwaukee team and the two Puerto Rico teams in my area (don’t get me started […]

Driving to Milwaukee and What We Did There

I may be done recapping my YouthWorks summer, but like that silly rabbit I still have a couple YW tricks up my sleeve. I’ve already posted about the promo videos that a YouthWorks camera crew produced from filming at our Milwaukee site. Well, I shot some videos of my own throughout the summer. After starting the summer with training in Minneapolis, my team drove to Milwaukee for the first time. Well, my team minus our graduating site director — though […]

My YouthWorks Summer: Week 9

This is the tenth of ten blogging installments from my life-changing summer in Milwaukee. In this recap I review my ninth and final week of programming, in addition to my one-day debriefing in Minneapolis. Be sure to check out my final postscript thoughts at the end! A logical place for such thoughts. If you’ve missed any of previous recaps, flash back to Week 0. Also, check out what a camera crew produced when they visited our site during this epic […]

My YouthWorks Summer: Week 8

This is the ninth of ten blogging installments from my life-changing summer in Milwaukee. In this recap I review my eighth week of programming. Be sure to check out my postscript thoughts at the end! A logical place for such thoughts. If you’ve missed any of previous recaps, flash back to Week 0. Also, check out what a camera crew produced when they visited our site during Week 9. *** This is me being awesome in a student’s awesome sunglasses. […]