Archives for Youth

How Teamwork Helps Kids Succeed in Life

It’s important to start teaching the most important lessons in life as early as possible. The younger kids start learning skills, the more comfortable they are using those skills throughout their lives. One of the most important lessons kids can learn, one that will continue to benefit them their entire lives, is how to work with others as a part of a team. Teamwork is important not only in chil....
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Summer Vacations Take Teamwork

Families are busier than ever these days. Between work, school, homework, sports, clubs, and trying to find 5 minutes of peace and quiet each week, it can be hard to even sit down to dinner together. Finding time to spend together as a family is hard to do, but it’s one of the most important things you can do. Summer vacation can provide the perfect opportunity for family bonding and for learnin....
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There is No Off Season: The Benefits of Year-Round Team Building

You know the feeling. After a season’s worth of early mornings, late nights, 100 degree days, practice after practice after practice… it’s all coming to an end. After all of that hard work, you finally feel like a team. And now it’s all over. The season’s ended, school’s out for the summer, and most of you won’t see each other again for months. All of the work you’ve done to come t....
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Social Skills & Success: Communication, Cooperation, & Coordination

Social skills are all about communication and understanding. Being able to express yourself and being able to understand others are the building blocks of any socially adept person, and can have a profound impact on a child’s success later in life. Sometimes it can be hard for adults to explain the importance of learning how to make friends, how to get along well with others, or how to communica....
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4 Team Bonding Activities for Student Athletes

Cohesion, communication, and collaboration aren’t just perks for teams of teen athletes, they’re requisites. Team building activities can help any team work better together. Whether you’ve got a group of seasoned teens that need a refresher course to revitalize their team spirit or a newly-made team that needs to establish some camaraderie, we’ve got you covered.  We....
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3 Group Games to Jumpstart Conversations

Are you trying to help a group of teens work well together and become more unified? Do the teens in your youth group seem like they’d rather be on Instagram (or doing nothing at all) than talking to each other? If you’re struggling to find strategies to help your youth group bond and start talking with each other, we’ve got some ideas. Here are three great games to jumpstart conversations b....
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3 Team Games for Building Trust with Teens

Are you a youth leader? Have you spent hours planning the perfect social event for your teens? Have you put in days’ worth of work developing lessons that deliver the perfect breakthrough message? Have you ever planned events or meetings in hopes of building trust between teenagers in your charge? Do you listen to top 40 stations just to find ways to connect with the kids? Have you done all this....
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9 Festive Youth Christmas Party Activities

Christmas is almost here! (finally) And it’s time to start planning youth events. As youth ministers know, Christmas is a wonderful time in the church. 91% of US citizens celebrate Christmas, and church attendance jumps 30% during the holiday. This is a great time for outreach to these new visitors. So how can the youth ministry take advantage of this increase? Rally the troops and host a youth....
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How One Team Changed Their Focus

As the popularity of social media and the availability of cell phones increases, it seems the word “bullying” has surfaced in the news on a daily basis. From stories of the recent conflicts in the Dolphins football team, to the young special needs student in Plano who was viciously cyber-bullied by a fellow classmate. Unfortunately we hear about many of these stories when a student takes drastic measures because they were unable to receive the help they needed. It’s not often that we turn on the news and hear about students standing up against this growing issue.
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Lindsey Cline Overcomes Her Fear of Heights

This August Group Dynamix will celebrate fifteen years of connecting people in fun ways, and inspiring individuals to take steps toward reaching their potential. Being part of the growth process of a group during an event is very fulfilling, but rarely do we get to witness the ongoing impact of an event on an individual after the event. Last week we got a glimpse of that impact. Lindsey Cline came to Group Dynamix about a year ago with her club volleyball team the “Tejas.” Like most teams that come to Group Dynamix, the athletes were challenged as a team and individually. One of the challenges that they experienced was our indoor high ropes challenge course. For many who experience our challenge course, they are immediately exhilarated by the thought of taking a risk, but others are confronted and paralyzed by fears. Lindsey fell into the latter category. One of the challenges on our ropes course is called the power pole, affectionately known as the pamper pole or challenge pole. Our power pole consists of a 17' utility pole where participants climb their way to the top of the pole, maintain their balance while standing on top, and then leap for a trapezes bar 8’ in front of them.
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