Author: Julia Gabor

Lady Gaga Shares On Evil And Humanity: How To Use This Video With Your Students

The discussion of evil is resonating with adults and children around the world in these last months. Something of horrific proportions is occurring on a global scale almost weekly. Whether it is man-made violence or a natural disaster,  it is painful to turn on the TV and radio, read the news on paper or on your phone, or listen to office chatter. The world is shifting.  We need a breath. This sho...

Out-of-School Time Staff – What do you get to do?

Hello Breakfast Club readers & leaders! As we approach August and get closer to launching the 2017/2018 school year, I wanted to share a speech I was asked to do for a CAL SAC leadership event in June, in Los Angeles. I am hoping this helps motivate and inspire you and your staff to appreciate all you GET to do. They come to us filled with hormones, under-resourced, confused, academically behi...

Conversations After Dark at BOOST

Reflecting on some of the many strong and impactful events that happened at the BOOST Conference this year, there is one event I need to highlight – because this conversation, while it’s been one we have been having for decades, STILL needs more energy and intentional activity. We need to keep fighting for this topic to stay top of mind within school communities, in expanded learning communi...

Risk + Fear + Courage = Change

Based on personal experience and observation, I want to discuss risk-taking and transitions and the ability to recognize that this process is part of being creative and uncomfortable. This isn’t just for artists, it is for the creative youth worker, entrepreneur and/or leader. What we do with and for youth each day requires creativity and innovative thinking: we are card-carrying problem sol...

A Bad Email IS Your Problem: 8 Email Etiquette Tips

Do you think email is the most important form of communication of the 21st century? Do you think that well-crafted emails are part of your organization’s brand? Well, if it’s not on your list as the most utilized form of communication, you might be doing something wrong. And let me tell you, if you want to run a top-level, competitive, and efficient organization in the 21st-century wor...

Rich Professional Development for Little Expense

When professional development opportunities are cost-prohibitive, administrators are often challenged to create innovative methods to further develop and support their staff. In my experience, professional development and learning opportunities for staff are the most important ingredients leading to strong leadership and effective organizations. Below are three cost-efficient ways for any organiza...

My Why: It’s Personal

”This work is so rewarding.” “It’s important work.” “It’s needed.” “I found what I am good at.” “I am inspired every day.” “I am kind of person that has to enjoy my work”. “It’s service and service is important to me.” “I am passionate about kids”. While all of these are true, these re...

Recovery – Coming Back from Being Down

Recently I recovered from a pretty intense back injury. I have accelerated degeneration in the discs of my upper back and lower spine areas. The injury prevented me from exercising for over two years. I consider myself a strong athlete and competitor in many sports. The news of my injury was hard to digest and felt terrible. When I incurred the injury, I was not only physically impaired but someth...

21st Century Wake Up Call: 3 Hot Tips on Social Media for #YouthServing Organizations

What’s trending? Do you hashtag your posts? What kinds of photos should you use to show your audience your extraordinary program? Have you used social media to raise money for your program? Are you using the online platforms to raise awareness about the quality of programs? Don’t think you need to? Well, it’s time for a 21st Century wake-up call. IT’S FREE ADVERTISING after...

Why Should We Build Relationships with Youth?

I am passionate about teaching kids, and understating WHY students are disengaged. I have written a thesis (currently under review) that examines this national issue- TEACHER EFFECTIVENESS and STUDENT DISENGAGEMENT. In the thesis, I provide seven teaching strategies that help teachers become more effective in the classroom- creating a strong connection to their students, hopefully, improving stude...