These Doctors Challenge Guidelines for Gender Confused Students

Two medical doctors at the University of Alberta question their government’s approach to Gender dysphoria and student safety and support the American College of Pediatricians.

They assert that according to human biology, gender is determined by the X and Y chromosomes. XX is female and XY is male. We won’t be putting these letters on the doors of washrooms but the researchers assert that this, and the resulting anatomy, are how to determine a student’s gender and not their personal ideas.

Here is what they would want us to know:

4 Ways to Help a Student with An Addiction

I still remember that lunch with that student. 

There was a distance and her body language was telling me loud and clear that this was the last place she wanted to be.  I couldn’t blame her.

She was addicted to drugs.  Her parents were exhausted and destroyed.  They had asked me to help and talk to her.

I find this such a difficult situation.  Of course I want to help.  This is a big reason why I am in the ministry.  But I’ve never taken drugs.  I’ve never been addicted to drugs.  How can I help?

Here are 4 ways I’ve found to help a student with an addiction:

Porn, Time Magazine and 3 Crucial Lessons

Inevitable Encounter…

“Providing a counter narrative for teens about the porn they’ll inevitably encounter, despite whatever filters are put in place, is a key goal of the young activists.”

This is a key quote taken from the cover page article of the April 11, 2016, issue of Time Magazine.

This article on Porn and its effects is a fascinating take for anyone who works with students.  In fact, coming from a source like Time, I find it insightful –a unique perspective that we might not always hear.

Instead of giving you a review of the article, I’d like to pull out some things that will be helpful for those of us that are youth workers.

The Absolute Best Way To Help Students With Their Sexuality

As youth workers we often think that it’s all about us;  

that we are the primary influencers in our students’ lives.  Lets make no mistake, we have a part to play.

However, when it comes to our student’s sexuality and understanding of sex, we are NOT the best thing.

I was reminded of “the best thing” again this weekend.  I was at a church doing some teaching and they got it. Here’s what the absolute best thing is…

Caring for Transgender Self-Identifying Students

When the first transgender student visits your youth group will you be prepared?

Which small group will you invite them to?

Which washroom will they use?

Which cabin will you assign them to at the retreat?

These are some of the things you will want to think through with your leaders but probably not the most important issues.

Selfies, Students & Mental Health

Danny Bowman attempted to kill himself

…because he couldn’t capture the perfect selfie. But his case is extreme, right? What about the average student who posts a new selfie a few times a week? How harmful can that be? More than you think. Here is what some recent research is saying and what you can do about it.