Pep Talk from Kid President

SoulPancake on YouTube has a series of videos called Kid President. Don’t know who the kid is, but he is funny. Kind of reminds me of a young Bill Cosby in some of the things he says and does.

In this video, he give us a pep talk and tells us to be awesome. In one part he says, “Don’t be boring. You are good-er than that.” Then, to encourage you to not quit, he asks what if Michael Jordan gave up when he didn’t make the high school team. “They wouldn’t have made Space Jam. And I love Space Jam.”

Check it out. Makes you chuckle.

Dwight Talks About The Teen Brain

If you are a fan of “The Office,” you know Dwight as the over-achieving, position seeking employee.  Dwight, whose real name is Rainn Wilson, just launched a new YouTube channel which will “explore what it means to be human.”

In the video below, he talks about the teenage brain, why teens act the way they do and puts an emphasis on the fact that teenagers’ brains are still developing.

Over the last few years, we’ve seen a lot of research come out about this very topic and this video does a good job helping both adults and teens recognize that teen brains are still growing and developing and that impacts decisions they make.  A particularly good statement was made at the end of the video regarding teen brain development and how they respond to certain events:

“The severity of feeling is sometimes out of line with the reality of the problem.”

I think it is good information for those who work with teens and is a good reminder that students, and their brains, are a work in progress.

* * Please note there is some crass language in the video.  Just a FYI on that.

I saw this posted on Life in Student Ministry website.  You can go there to not only watch the video, but follow some links that to the resources referred to in the video.

Some good stuff here.