I used to work at a YMCA as a Youth Program Director. I started a small group for teens and called it Leaders Club. The first couple of years, the only “leader” in the group was me but I had about ten teens who would hang out with me because I was an adult who paid them some attention. That was my first taste of leadership and character development and I was hooked.
Over the next eight years, the group grew to thirty-five teens. The program was successful and the kids in the group were learning valuable information, not to mention having a lot of fun!
The YMCA stressed character values like caring, honesty, responsibility, respect and faith.
It’s time to return to the discipline of basic values that bring joy to life.