In the wake of 2020, young people everywhere are facing challenges that stem from trauma, fractured family and community bonds, and struggles with impulse control. Gone are the days when simply involving them in activities guaranteed their success. Today, their ability to learn and thrive hinges on their state of mind, which is often clouded by the chaos of the world around them. For those of us working with youth, it can sometimes feel like an uphill battle. It seems like all our youth are “at-risk,” and winning their trust can be tough when we can’t change their life circumstances or bring them all into our homes.
But there’s something that remains steadfast—a spark within each individual that can’t be extinguished. Regardless of their backgrounds, this spark is the source of well-being, common sense, intelligence, creativity, and hope. It’s the wellspring of resilience, impulse control, and the ability to withstand stress.