Children and Youth

Posted on Jan 25, 2013

Suggested resources from the desk of Lorna MacQueen, Minister-Faith Formation for Discipleship:

CANGRANDS: http://www.cangrands.com is a national internet support group for kinship families raising ‘other people’s children’. According to Stats Canada, 70,000 grandparents are raising grandchildren with no biological parent in the home, and little government support. There are 20,000 kinship children in Ontario. CANGRANDS invites grandparents and Kinship families raising grandchildren or extended family members to their site on-line where they answer frequently asked questions of a practical nature including legal and health questions. Their aim is to support grandparents and Kinship families.

Faith at Home Canada: http://www.faithathome.ca/index.html: mobilizing faith in the home.

Next Generation Press: http://www.nextgenerationpress.org. Collaborative works by teenagers with adults.

Voices of Youth: http://voicesofyouth.org  “online place for young people to learn more about issues affecting their world… share your thoughts and opinions with thousands of people from all over the world.”

Stand up For Children’s Rights: a UNICEF resource: http://www.unicef.org/rightsite/files/standupfinal.pdf. A teaching resource for teachers working with 11-16 year olds to explore and raise awareness of children’s rights.

Peaceful Childhood resources for families from the Physicians for Global Survival: http://pgs.ca/?page_id=119  Guns and Children, What Parents need to know, Media violence and children, Fostering Peace in Our Home, Encouraging Peaceful Play and a Family Covenant of Non-violence.

The Search institute (discovering what kids need to succeed): http://www.search-institute.org/downloads – downloadable resources on mentoring, development assets, asset building communities and faith communities… and more.

Eco Curriculum:  If you are looking for a Sunday School or Youth Group curriculum that has an ecological standpoint,  Eco Justice has 66 titles in its data base:  http://www.eco-justice.org/CurricReview.asp  They are of various lengths, some being only one lesson, and some being an entire curriculum.  Many are 4-8 sessions in length. The site includes reviews of the noted curricula.

Children and nature Network: www.childrenandnature.org. “The Children & Nature Network (C&NN) was created to encourage and support the people and organizations working worldwide to reconnect children with nature. C&NN provides access to the latest news and research in the field and a peer-to-peer network of researchers and individuals, educators and organizations dedicated to children’s health and well-being.” (from the web site)

A youth ministry bibliography: http://www.emergingdesigns.org/biblio.html

Youth Ministry Stuff: http://ymstuff.weebly.com/index.html

Rethinking youth ministry: http://www.rethinkingyouthministry.com/p/test.html

WingClips: http://www.wingclips.com. Movie clips that illustrate and inspire.

Team Building Activities: http://www.businessballs.com/freeteambuildingactivities.htm#personality-self-image-exercise