Courage Retreat: Inspiration in the seventh grade

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All Phoenix Middle School seventh graders on Tuesday were inspired to be courageous and respectful at a Youth Frontiers Courage Retreat.

The day-long retreat focused on empowering students to display moral courage, and identifying social fears and peer pressures that impede responsible decision making.

A series of games and activities led by three talented Youth Frontiers staff showed students how to follow their hearts and not the crowd when it comes to doing the right thing.

We want “each different person in this room to find acts of courage that they’re going to work on…,” Eric Malmberg, a Youth Frontiers program staffer, told the students. “We’re talking about every day courage… the courage it takes to stand up to someone who is picking on someone (else), or the courage it takes to do the right thing even if it’s not the most popular, the courage it takes to be who you want to be and to be yourself no matter what kind of pressure you’re getting from the people around you.”

 

Students listened to stories and situations shared by the Youth Frontiers, held small group discussions led by 25 Delavan-Darien High School volunteer students, and had a chance to share their own acts of courage with the large group at the end of the program.

The Courage Retreat was a day for the seventh graders to experience what acting with moral courage looks and fees like, and hopefully get them to choose to live with courage in their daily lives.

As seventh graders, they can share what they learned with their classmates, along with older and younger students in the school to improve the school climate, Principal Hank Schmelz said.

About Youth Frontiers

Founded in 1987, Youth Frontiers (youthfrontiers.org) partners with schools to build positive communities where students thrive socially, emotionally and academically. Based in the Twin Cities, the nonpartisan organization is funded through a partnership between schools and private foundations, corporations and individuals. Dedicated to building the character of young people, Youth Frontiers also provides online resources for parents to help foster their children’s positive peer interactions.

For information about Youth Frontiers and its retreats, contact Ali Sipkins, Director of External Relations, at 952.697.2660 or asipkins@youthfrontiers.org. Media may contact Jessica Larson, Communications and Marketing Manager, at 952.697.2669 or jlarson@youthfrontiers.org.

 

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