If this picture doesn’t get your attention, I don’t know what will! Over 9 million people posted about the VMA’s on Facebook this year – and for good reason as there is much to be said about the performance of Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke (he is 35 and married after all!)…read the full article here: http://mashable.com/2013/08/28/mtv-vmas-facebook/
With so much going on in the world today, everything is readily accessible for everyone – including youth. Middle-school and high school students can peruse and watch pretty much anything they want on TV, the internet, or on their smartphones (I don’t get why middle school students need Iphones). At any rate, technology is changing rapidly and the minds, hearts and lives of youth can be formed by anything or anyone that gives a hot second about them. Youth (and all of humanity) deeply desire to be loved and cared about – so can we as adults join together to mentor, disciple, love and teach our youth about the love of God that transforms whatever our culture says?
In order to effectively teach and earn the respect of youth, we must be informed of what is going on in “their” culture and society. Here are a host of articles that either I have stumbled across myself or that have been posted by other trusted youth workers or those in Christian ministry. Please read, and I think you will understand the pressing need for our youth to know and experience the saving grace and love of the Triune God.
Youth Culture Report : numerous articles here: http://theyouthculturereport.com/category/youth/
On the craze of the Hunger Games:
Katniss and Christ: Meeting the Hunger in Middle School Girls: http://www.youthworker.com/youth-ministry-resources-ideas/youth-ministry/11698063/
The Culture Behind the Music
What Millions of Teens Gleaned from MTV’s 2013 VMAs
(This one stuck out to me the most – as many of my students have been talking about the VMA’s)
Miley Cyrus and Pop Music’s Double Standard
Are both women and men held equally accountable? Fascinating article!
Popular Teen App Spotlight: Ask.fm
By Holland author Dave Rozman
Teen Slang: What is My Teen REALLY Saying?
Helpful blogpost by Dave Rozman
Distance from the Truth
A Mentor’s Multiplied Impact
It is so easy to underestimate the power of a mentoring relationship – I would encourage everyone to find someone to mentor – REINVEST and be a blessing to others http://www.assistnews.net/Stories/2013/s13080106.htm
There are many other articles that pop up online on a daily basis and while it can be daunting to attempt at staying “up-to-date,” I hope these few I’ve highlighted for you can be useful for leading wherever you are at in life. May God give all of us the strength and energy to transform our worlds in the name of Jesus!
God Bless You!