When you were a teenager, did your birthday fall during the school year or during a break from school? For those of you who answer school year, do you remember the difference in having a weekday birthday one year vs. a weekend birthday another? For some people, birthdays are an exciting day to be celebrated … Continue reading The Year of The Birthday
Hey, what’s up? … Hi there! How’s it going? … Hello (friend’s name.) What have you been up to? … Hey man! How’s school going? … Anyone else tired of sending these messages and just not knowing how the heck to carry on a decent conversation with your middle school friends? We aren’t pretending to … Continue reading Question of the Day 1-30
You know what middle school kids love that we don’t talk about here a lot? Sugar - especially sugary goodness that can be glopped onto any and every single thing they like to eat. Right now, nutella is stepping it up their already impressive chocolate-meets-hazelnut-meets-gluten-free-spreadable-yumminess by labelling their jars with school years, 1st through senior. … Continue reading Back to School: Nutella Style
More Ways to Virtually Connect with Middle Schoolers a collective Here are a few ideas pulled together via the WyldLife Thread on the FaceBook page, Alongside Young Life Leaders. Join that page for even more ideas, and continue reading for a few of our favorites in one easy collection. Celebrity Heads (shared via Fervr by … Continue reading More Ways to Virtually Connect with Middle Schoolers
Shoe-Box Memory Keeper - Small Group Activity Middle school can be chaotic, confusing, overwhelming, loud, AND it can also be joyful, creative, surprising, exciting! Regardless of what word conglomeration you or your middle school friends might use to describe these years, middle school is worth remembering. It is a powerful, transitional, formative time - so … Continue reading Shoe-Box Memory Keeper
“Would You Rather” Valentines Edition “by Robb Schreiber” Tips to make this a great mixer: Tip1: Have everyone start in the middle of the room and then have them move to one side or the other. Tip 2: After they get to their side have them share their reason why with at least one other … Continue reading Would You Rather: Valentines Edition
An excellent article from Mary Lee Becker about doing ministry with our favorite people - middle schoolers!
Hosting a girls-only-night is a great way to create contact work opportunities. Here's a step-by-step plan for an easy spa night.
"Tell me more." That's it. That's the secret. Now you know.
FACT: If you're a better listener, you'll be a better WyldLife leader. Here are 10 tips from Celeste Headlee's TED talk, applied to a WyldLife context.