What Happens when Teens Unplug?

I've been a part of an unintentional experiment. For the last 7 years, I've helped lead an organization reaching teens living outside of the passport country. Each spring students board a bus and travel 24-30 hours to Eastern Europe. We ask them to make that journey without phones. Without phones or any other technology. Not …

The challenges of compassion

It has been a few weeks since I returned from Project Compassion, the annual Youth Compass service project.  The week was filled with joy, pain, and exhaustion.  There were over 50 high school students and adults in our group.  The students who came attend schools in Belgium, Germany, Switzerland and The Netherlands, but make up a sample of the …

Lots of maps!

It's been a wild couple of weeks involving a sick child, the paramedics, a German hospital that had cutting edge dial-up internet (reassuring), my own illness, working at the school bookstore, basketball games, castles and temperatures above freezing! I started this blog post at McCafe -- I came for the internet which never seemed to …