Introduction

Christian Schools face the unique challenge of providing a great education while tending to the spiritual well being of their students. Schools and parents alike want to see their students motivated to learn, grow and move successfully onto college with their faith intact. Achieving this goal has become more difficult because of the complex set of factors that hinder students' preparedness, motivation and faith.

 

YTN has invested ten years in qualitative research seeking to decode the factors adversely impacting students’ faith, motivation and preparedness for life/college. The research found that the commonly accepted breakdown in the parent adolescent relationship often served as the root of the issues adolescents encountered that robbed them of their potential as well as their faith.

 

This crossed all demographic segments and stemmed from the onset of the adolescent brain change 18 months prior to puberty (age 8 or 9) that parents and students were unaware of and not prepared to address in a productive manner.  As a result parents often look to Christian schools to accomplish what is really their responsibility.

 

Based on this work, YTN has developed targeted programs that practically address parents' ability to stay connected to their kids throughout the adolescent years.  Other programs address students’ hidden feelings, frustrations, and desires. Our understanding of these factors led to the creation of powerful interactive programs and events that, when implemented strategically, have the ability to dramatically alter the trajectory of students' lives and faith.

 

The Secrets of Influential Parenting can be paired with YTN’s student programs that help students understand themselves, identify the true source of their motivation issues, and envision their purpose that help students find the internal motivation to achieve.  When they also encounter the type of support that the adolescent brain will accept at home the resulting change can be remarkable.

 

Our work resulted in the development of four programs Christian schools can leverage to prevent and counteract many of the factors that cause adolescents to fall short of their true potential.

YTN's Research for Schools

 

Review YTN’s findings from its extensive interaction with thousands of Christian kids and adolescents.  

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Faith/Academic Motivation & Life Direction

 

Explore YTN's creative, interactive, and restorative program to draw out students’ internal motivation regarding their faith and success that will last based on their understanding of themselves, a personal vision and their own goals for their future.

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Parent Programs

The parent counterpart of It's Your Life leverages YTN's research and recent adolescent brain research to offer parents a new perspective on their adolescents and their role in their lives.  When combined with the integrated student videos and the leadership skills of the Good Shepherd, the impact is profound. Moved by understanding and a new perspective, the practical skills and implementation guide empower parents to influence the lives and motivation of their adolescents in a different way. YTN helps parents see the downside of micro management and ways to engage that the adolescent brain will accept.   Learn about "the Secrets of Influential Parenting" and its many delivery options.

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Student Culture

 

Students need a venue to address the dual-life culture that permeates our youth culture and undermines their faith today. Youth find a voice with Reboot.

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College and Career Transition

 

Far too many high performing students struggle in their transition to college and career. When 26% of all college freshmen do not make it through their first year and 70% leave the faith we need to help them understand the change, challenges, and stress that snare so many unsuspecting graduates. Succeed does just that!

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Partnership Program

Make leveraging YTN's resources feasible with our partnership program.

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