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Words That Inspire: Because Words That Inspire: Because
Instead of a letter, Terry Tempest Williams wrote a poem to nominate Lily Yeh as a YES! Breakthrough 15 Hero. The poem shared the many reasons why Lily Yeh is worthy of consideration. Who are the people students might be inspired to honor with a poem?
Steve Jobs' 2005 Stanford Commencement Address Steve Jobs' 2005 Stanford Commencement Address
There’s nothing like a college drop-out telling tales of getting fired and being diagnosed for cancer to fire up your students—and you—to pursue their passions. Especially when the speaker is the late Steve Jobs.
YES! Recommends: The Legacy Project YES! Recommends: The Legacy Project
At a time of economic uncertainty—when your students are wondering about their future—the Legacy Project might serve as a compass to help them create their lives, connect to others, and change their world.
Powerful Voice Winner Bronson Afong Essay on "Blessings Revealed" Powerful Voice Winner Bronson Afong Essay on "Blessings Revealed"
by Bronson Ho’omaikai Afong
Bronson, our Powerful Voice winner, is a student at Blanche Pope Elementary in Oahu, Hawaii. He read and responded to the YES! Magazine article, "Blessings Revealed" by Puanani Burgess. Read Bronson's essay on how his gifts help keep his Hawaiian culture alive.
Horses as Healers Horses as Healers
by Lorna Shepardson
What do you do with a teenager who’s angry, depressed, disconnected, or all of the above? Lorna Shepardson knows a magical gift horses possess that can help bring young people from the depths of darkness to a glimmer of self-confidence. This is Lorna’s story.
Words That Inspire: Life After Worry Words That Inspire: Life After Worry
by Akaya Winwood
The state of the world gives us plenty to worry about. What would happen if we made a decision to no longer worry? Read Akaya Windwood's wise commentary on replacing worry with trust, and check out the classroom activity, too.
Words That Inspire: The Wild Geese Words That Inspire: The Wild Geese
Wendell Berry's poem, "Wild Geese" paints a colorful image of Earth's bounty, inspiring the beloved poet and farmer to be thankful that all we need is around us. Do your students second that notion?
Sir Ken on Changing Paradigms Sir Ken on Changing Paradigms
Sir Ken Robinson does it again! In this brilliant RSA Animate video, the creativity expert uncovers the link between drop-out rates, dwindling support of the arts, and ADHD.
Words That Inspire: It Couldn’t Be Done Words That Inspire: It Couldn’t Be Done
There are few things that motivate young people more than to be told that something can’t be done. High school student Ashe Jaafaru reads "It Couldn't Be Done", a poem by Edgar Albert Guest.
YES! Recommends: Centre for Child Honouring, and Voices Education Project YES! Recommends: Centre for Child Honouring, and Voices Education Project
If we made children our top priority, would we create a better world? The Centre for Child Honouring and Voices [Education Project] are helping create peaceful, sustainable societies.
Curriculum & Resources: Engaging Student Families, Adoption in the Classroom Curriculum & Resources: Engaging Student Families, Adoption in the Classroom
Inclusion is one of the best ways to nurture student learners. These two resources offer tips on engaging student families and a positive approach to talking about adoption.
Want Successful Students? Meet the Parents Want Successful Students? Meet the Parents
by Girlie Forman
Girlie Forman shares her personal experience, her sense of humor, and food to connect with her high school students—and their families.
YES! Recommends: Tell Me Your Stories YES! Recommends: Tell Me Your Stories
Tell Me Your Stories connects young and older people through oral history interviews. Curriculum, interview templates, and other tools guide students through the interview process.
Words that Inspire: On Facing Judgment Words that Inspire: On Facing Judgment
by Shannon Hayes
Facing judgment is a life skill that teachers can help their students learn, so they may deal with others' opinions—fair or not—with confidence.
Curriculum & Resources: Getting Boys to Read, Story of Food Curriculum & Resources: Getting Boys to Read, Story of Food
Two resources that explore how to get boys to be lifelong readers and where our food comes from.
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